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Editor's Note: United Way of Perry County's fund-raising campaign is under way. To contribute to the cause, or to learn more about groups the money raised will support, visit www.unitedwayperryco.org or call 547-2577.
Crisis Connection Inc. would like to thank the United Way of Perry County for its financial support of our organization. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the United Way of Perry County as you helped make this allocation to us possible.
Crisis Connection is a local agency that offers a variety of services to families affected by domestic violence. We serve Perry, Spencer, Dubois, Orange and Crawford counties.
The services we offer to victims and survivors of domestic violence include a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, referral services, safe homes, support groups, help with protective orders and emergency transportation to safe locations.
We also provide advocacy services for victims and survivors with law-enforcement officials, prosecutors, lawyers, emergency-room personnel, medical and mental-health professionals, clergy, landlords and employers. These services are all free to our clients.
Crisis Connection also offers educational programs about domestic and sexual violence to young people though the school systems and to organizations upon request. Presentations have included such topics as bullying, dating violence, healthy relationships, Internet safety, and substance-abuse, among others.
Our goal with education is to make the community aware of violence, to teach people to recognize danger, and to recognize the signs and symptoms of violence and abuse. We also want young people to know where to turn if they, a friend or family member needs help.
Crisis Connection also maintains a Web site with a variety of educational information, research and reference material. The Web site allows for our educational materials to be available to the general public. Our Web site is www.crisisconnectioninc.org.
The United Way allocation is important to us for another reason. This money provides a local match for state grants that Crisis Connection receives from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
During the 2008-09 school year, Crisis Connection provided 398 presentations reaching 14,128 people. Also during 2008, Crisis Connection worked with 407 domestic violence clients and 203 sexual violence clients in our five-county area.
We answered 2,692 domestic- and sexual-violence hotline calls, and had approximately 1 million individuals log on to our Web site for information in calendar year 2008.
Crisis Connection depends on local support to continue to serve our local communities. The United Way of Perry County is vitally important to us. We wish to thank everyone who has contributed to the United Way and made their support of us possible.
Pappano is board secretary for Crisis Connection, Inc.