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Volunteer Highlight – Sexual Assault Hotline

Volunteer Highlight – Sexual Assault Hotline

Special Shout Out to our SA Hotline Volunteer of the Month: Susan T! Susan has been a volunteer with Signs of Hope for over 5 years. She shows her dedication to survivors of sexual violence by going above and beyond to help on the SA Phone Hotline. Susan covers around 20 hours a week volunteering on our hotline helping those in need. For reference, our volunteers on average volunteer 4 hours a week, which is already above the national volunteer average. Thank you Susan for everything that you’ve done and…

Volunteer Highlight – RISE ALERT Hotline

Volunteer Highlight – RISE ALERT Hotline

Big Thank You to our RISE Hotline Volunteer of the Month: Christina A! Christina has been a rockstar in helping our anti-human trafficking team. She has been great in stepping in and taking additional hotline shifts and is doing great work in participating in the RISE operational outreaches alongside law enforcement. For this, RISE would like to recognize her as the volunteer of the month!

Fundraise for SOH

There are many ways for you to fundraise on behalf of Signs of Hope: Facebook or Instagram Fundraiser – Signs of Hope is set-up on Facebook as an organization. You can post a fundraiser and encourage your friends on social media to contribute in supporting your passion for the work of Signs of Hope. Host a bake sale, cocktail party, cookie exchange, or other event with friends and neighbors (safely and within COVID restrictions, of course!) and donate proceeds to Signs of Hope. Commit to running, swimming, walking, bowling, or…

Business Support and Sponsorships

There are many ways for businesses to get involved in supporting the work of Signs of Hope. Employee Giving: Workplace income deduction plans are a helpful and effective way to support Signs of Hope. Whether through a workplace direct giving program, United Way designations, or other opportunity to make a designation to Signs of Hope, these regular gifts of any size are so valuable to us. Even small contributions add up overtime. These contributions help provide match to federal grants, help support clothing, transportation, and phones for clients, and provide…

Re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act first passed in 1994. The original bill provided for the following: Enhanced sentencing for repeat federal sex offenders Restitution to victims of certain federal crimes Grants for state, local, and tribal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. Immigration provisions for victims Grants for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, youth education programs, and community organizations providing intervention and prevention programming Requirements for the USPS to ensure the locations of shelters remains confidential Federal research on violence against women Special research into…

NV Energy foundation provides grant to support survivors

NV Energy foundation provides grant to support survivors

Signs of Hope (SOH), a non-profit that supports victims in the immediate aftermath and long term recovery following sexual abuse, assault and exploitation, announces a $10,000 grant from the NV Energy Foundation. the funds will be used to help SOH advocacy and counseling clients who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Daniele Staple, executive director of Signs of Hope, the organization has experienced increasing demand for counseling for years leading up to and including these last months of the pandemic. “When our counseling clients face obstacles…

Addressing Poverty Is Human Trafficking Prevention

We often think about the connection between poverty and sex trafficking as only affecting victims from outside the United States. We may be familiar with the common story of an impoverished person being offered a legitimate job in another country, only to find themselves forced into sex work when they arrive at their destination. But poverty and lack of opportunity play key roles in trafficking here in the U.S. as well. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “poverty (as noted previously for victims of trafficking in…

The Importance of Fully Funding New Policies

As we approach a new year, a new federal administration, and a new state legislative session, the SOH is preparing to once again advocate for policies that support and protect survivors. Part of that work is ensuring that new laws are adequately funded. New laws can establish important standards, protections, and provisions for the public. But when those laws don’t include funding to support implementation, the intended impact of the law cannot be fulfilled. As a result, a hard-won legislative victory can be reduced to a mere symbol instead of…

Setting Boundaries During a Complicated Holiday Season

Setting Boundaries During a Complicated Holiday Season

Usually around this time of year, we return to the discussion about setting boundaries. Under normal circumstances, the end of the year is a time for holiday celebrations that bring many of us together with friends and family. It’s a time that can be fraught for everyone, not just survivors, and we know that a regular review of how to set and communicate boundaries with our loved ones is helpful in navigating situations of family obligation. But 2020 isn’t normal for any of us. Instead of the usual family tensions…

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