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O H PE WORKS

HOWARD COUNTY

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2015 ANNUAL REPORT


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O H PE WORKS

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Established in 1978, HopeWorks is a nonprofit

We are on the frontlines of change. We participate in

dedicated to eliminating domestic and sexual

national initiatives including Move to End Violence,

violence and guiding people from Crisis to Hope.

an effort working to build a strong movement to end violence against girls and women in the United

HopeWorks, engages the community in the change

States.

required for violence prevention and provides domestic and sexual assault services.

Through historical knowledge and experience, we understand the problem, context and situation of

We have become a key partner in the movement to

sexual and intimate partner violence. The prevalence

end sexual and relationship violence. Over the past

of which is so massive and systemic that we need to

38 years, HopeWorks has evolved in Howard County

address this problem on many different levels.

to serve the needs of individuals, families, and the community.

We invite all community members and leaders to join with us to build the critical mass needed to end sexual and intimate partner violence.

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Dear Supporters and Friends, Fiscal Year 2015 has been a momentous year for

We also took part in some promising initiatives

HopeWorks in both exciting and sometimes difficult

including the Howard County Human Trafficking

ways.

Taskforce and the Howard County Behavioral Health Taskforce. HopeWorks was invited to sit on these

During this year we were elated to open our second

County appointed groups to take a strategic deep dive

long-term, emergency housing residence. This house

into some critical issues affecting our community. The

can serve up to five families who need a safe place to

Human Trafficking Taskforce in particular has led to

stay while they work to get their lives back on track

ongoing discussions about how our County can best

after violence. This was an incredible project that was

respond to survivors of human trafficking both with

funded by a State of Maryland Bond Bill, matched by

resources that currently exist and working to identify

Howard County Government and supported by many

missing pieces. I expect this conversation to continue

through donations and labor to get the house ready for

and HopeWorks intends to grow with it.

occupancy. Most notably, Beazer Homes furnished our new house with barely used furniture from their closed

However, not everything went so well for us this

out model homes. Together we created an amazing,

year. After several years of declining revenues

tranquil and safe space for survivors to heal.

from fundraising events, we took a hard look at our

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fundraising model and decided to try something

Thank you to all who walked the path alongside us.

new. Instead of an in-person, gala type event, we

Together we create the world we want to live in.

experimented with two virtual events – the Purple

Sincerely,

Purse Challenge and the Comfy Couch Soiree - where supporters were asked to donate online instead of coming to an in-person event. Although these fundraising efforts did help us raise the same amount of funds that our in-person events brought us (without all the overhead costs), it still wasn’t enough to support all of our operations. Staff cuts were made in response to our fiscal realities. These challenges led HopeWorks to a partnership with Maryland Nonprofits who helped us with an organizational assessment, board development, and a fundraising plan. Although we are continually working to navigate the ever changing fundraising landscape, we ended the year on solid footing and are confident in our fundraising plans moving forward. Even in the face of operational challenges, we continued to help over 3,200 people with our comprehensive array of services. We were inspired by the strength of survivors, humbled by those who chose to give generously and energized by community action to address the root causes of sexual and domestic violence.

Jennifer Pollitt Hill Executive Director

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Our mission is to support and advocate for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and engage the community in creating the change required for violence prevention. 4


Our Mission and Philosophy The principles that guide our work are:

ENGAGEMENT

DIGNITY

We believe that wide-spread change of social

We affirm the worth and dignity of every person

norms requires participation of individuals in

in our diverse community and we meet each

all their complexity, family, friends and

person with respect and compassion.

neighbors as well as engagement of civic life

and social services.

SAFETY

We affirm each person’s right to name and

SOCIAL CHANGE

live free from physical, psychological, emotional,

We acknowledge that creating the community

and economic violence and other threats to self-

we want requires long-term strategies that

will address the root causes of sexual and

intimate partner violence and alter the systems and balances of power that maintain the status

determination. •

SELF-DETERMINATION

We affirm each person’s right and capacity to

quo.

make choices and decisions about their

own lives.

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0-17

16% Male

18-24

12%

10%

60+ 3%

Female

90%

gender

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25-59

69%

age


The HopeWorks Environment HopeWorks employs 40 full-time and part-time staff members dedicated to the mission of ending sexual and intimate partner violence.

American Indian

1%

Hispanic

15%

Asian

9%

In our mission to support and advocate for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence, we offer intervention and support services that include a 24-hour helpline, advocacy services, housing, counseling, and legal assistance.

White

38% African American

37%

In an effort to continue to build a community that is aware and engaged in the change we need, we offer comprehensive prevention and wellness programs for youths and adults.

ethnicity

HopeWorks is sensitive to the trauma experienced by our clients that need emergency housing. HopeWorks facilities are a safe, comfortable, and

Over this past year, HopeWorks has served a highly

healing home for survivors needing temporary refuge

diverse community ensuring that our assistance and

to begin the healing process.

services reach as many people as possible.

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According to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey:

EVERY 9 SECONDS in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.

20 PEOPLE PER MINUTE on average, are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

1 IN 3 WOMEN AND 1 IN 4 MEN

NEARLY 1 IN 5 WOMEN in the US have been raped at some time in their lives.

have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

1 IN 5 WOMEN AND 1 IN 7 MEN

have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

MORE THAN 1/2 OF FEMALE VICTIMS OF RAPE reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40% by an acquaintance.

partner & sexual violence FACTS

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Intervention. Prevention. Education. Advocacy. COMMUNITY ENGAEMENT

SYSTEMS ADVOCACY

Prevention Education and Awareness Programs

Serve on County level multidisciplinary teams

Community Wellness Programs

such as the Domestic Violence Fatality Review

Team, Sexual Assault Response Team,

INTERVENTION

Child Advocacy Center, Coordinated System

24-hour Helpline

of Homelessness Services, Board to Promote

24-hour Hospital Advocacy

Self-sufficiency, Association of Community

Safe Shelter and Transitional Housing

Services

Legal Assistance

Participate in State and national level legislative

Counseling for Survivors of Sexual and Intimate

advocacy by sharing information on upcoming

Partner Violence

bills and regulations that impact our clients and

Abuser Intervention Program

offering opportunities to get involved

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Our Community Wellness Programs The Community Wellness Programs at HopeWorks

THE DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS

are designed to stimulate conversation and

HopeWorks’ Discovery Workshops use the power

introduce the general public to issues related to the

of creative arts to encourage wellness and healing,

agency’s mission.

community-building, cultural shifts, liberation and celebration. In a small group setting, participants

Programs educate and nurture emotional wellness

(who are not in crisis) explore topics that include

through activities designed to build self-confidence,

gender roles, stress relief, sexual orientation,

teach self-care and stress management, build

injustice, stigma, self-care and healthy relationships.

community, examine social justice issues, and learn

The Discovery Workshops are interactive, using

about healthy relationships.

a modality called Transformative Language Arts, an academic field focused on social and personal

THE WOMEN’S CIRCLE

change through the power of the written, spoken or

Women’s Circle Programs focus on enhancing

sung word. Some workshops are one-day events;

emotional wellness. Participants learn from

others are offered as a multi-session series. Programs

guest speakers, share tips, make new friends and participate in activities designed to promote balance, purpose, and rejuvenation.

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are open to the general public and to survivors who are out of crisis.


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New Behaviors Program THE LESBIAN COUPLES SUPPORT CIRCLE

HopeWorks understands how critical the role of

The Lesbian Couples Support Circle (LCSC) is a safe

Abuser Intervention Programs (AIPs) are in the

space for lesbian couples to connect, get support

prevention and intervention of intimate partner

and learn how to build healthy, lasting relationships.

violence. Through the New Behaviors Program, we

Explore ways to strengthen your relationship,

provide group and individual counseling to men

keep the spark alive and speak your partner’s love

and women who have carried out intimate partner

language. Couples explore ways to strengthen their

violence (IPV). Our clinicians work to enhance

relationships, keep the spark alive and speak their

clients’ motivation to end abusive and/or violent

partner’s love language.

behavior, provide strategies to cope with anger and difficult relationship conflicts, and develop

PRESERVATION: SELF-CARE CIRCLE FOR

constructive relationship skills. Our intervention

SURVIVORS

approach is based on the theory that violence is

Preservation is a peer-led workshop focusing on self-care. Every session offers a different topic. Through the use of engaging and creative activities participants cultivate continued courage, self-

a learned behavior and can be “unlearned” and changed by being replaced with healthy relationship behaviors.

compassion and connection.

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3,279 In 2015 we: Served 3,279 clients Answered

2,082

Provided

25

Hotline calls

people transitional shelter

Accompanied

Provided

victims to Howard Country General Hospital

transitional bed nights

172 Helped

123 people in emergency shelter Provided

3,505

Emergency bed nights

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2,032 Placed

250

children in counseling Presented to

143

community organizations


Reaching over

2,225 participants Provided

2,316

hours of counseling Assited

127

clients with Civil Orders of Protection Assisted

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clients with child custody, support or divorces Assisted

490

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Anna

Jasmine Jasmine contacted a HopeWorks advocate after her daughter, Kayla, disclosed she was being sexually abused by her father. Because of where the father

Anna came to Howard County General Hospital

lived, there were several questions regarding

twice in one week after being physically and sexually

jurisdiction and Jasmine ultimately felt like no one

assaulted by her husband. She was later seen by

was willing to help her as she tried desperately to

the Behavioral Health Unit for the emotional trauma

protect and advocate for her children. HopeWorks,

which resulted from the on-going abuse. A team of

however, was able to provide counseling to Jasmine

HopeWorks advocates worked together to provide

and her children. She expressed great gratitude

Anna with the resources she needed, including legal

saying that HopeWorks helped her “more than you

support, counseling, and general advocacy for her

will ever know. You have made such a difference

and her children. After years of suffering and feeling

for all of us and I will forever be grateful.� Today,

alone, Anna said she was uplifted by the amount of

Jasmine continues to show awe-inspiring strength,

companionship and support HopeWorks provided.

resiliency, and hope as the family continues to heal.

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advocacy


Carol Two years ago, Carol was taken to the Emergency

getting a protective order against her abuser and our

Room to treat injuries caused by her physically

clinical department provided her with counseling to

abusive husband. A HopeWorks hospital advocate

treat her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.

met with her at the ER and offered assistance

She has bravely confronted some of her most

from our organization. At the time, Carol was too

horrific trauma incidents in weekly therapy session

scared to accept help. Six months later, Carol was

where she receives Cognitive Processing Therapy

sent back to the ER to treat more injuries from her

and Prolonged Exposure Therapy—evidence based

abuser. Our hospital advocate was there again to

treatment for survivors of abuse and trauma. Carol

offer Carol our services. This time she accepted.

now lives in our Transitional Housing Program, as her

After nearly 20 years of emotional, verbal, financial,

abuser continues to stalk her and try to find her. She

physical, and sexual abuse by a powerful, older man

is working hard to save enough money from her job

in her tight-knit community, she was finally ready

so that she can afford a house in a location unknown

to escape. HopeWorks immediately helped Carol

to her abuser.. Carol always reiterates to staff how

establish a safety plan and offered her shelter in our

grateful she is for Hope Works and that she doesn’t

Safe House. Our legal department supported her in

know how she would have survived without our help.

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Rose Rose came into emergency shelter after suffering

Sarah Sarah was a survivor of human trafficking who was

extensive physical abuse. Due to the severity of

offered shelter at HopeWorks’ Safe House. During

her injuries, she was unable to see temporarily and

Sarah’s stay, advocates helped her reach out to her

had various other wounds that required surgery and

family, and when she was ready to leave, provided

weeks of healing. Rose worked with HopeWorks’

her with financial assistance she needed to return

legal department to secure a protective order

home

against her abuser. While in shelter, she utilized our case management services to help with her application to the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and plan her next steps. Once the court cases were completed and she was healed, Rose was able to successfully move forward to the next phase of her life.

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Simone

Casey

Simone is an immigrant woman with two children

Casey turned to HopeWorks after she decided to

who separated from her physically and emotionally

flee her home with her three children. Her husband’s

abusive husband. The HopeWorks legal department

physical abuse had escalated and begun to involve

successfully represented her in a protective order

their kids. After reaching out to our organization,

case. Simone then attempted to get a divorce

a HopeWorks attorney represented Casey at a

using a private attorney, but it was denied. Because

District Court hearing. Our attorney was initially

we had helped her previously, she came back to

unsuccessful, but after an appeal, Casey was

HopeWorks for legal help. Our staff attorney was

successfully represented at the de novo hearing

able to successfully represent Simone in obtaining

in Circuit Court, where a Final Protective order

a divorce, and also convinced the Court to modify

was ultimately granted. The HopeWorks attorney

custody to grant her sole legal custody, thereby

continued to assist Casey with the difficulties

reducing the amount of control ex-husband had over

surrounding the supervised visitation portion of

her. Simone is finally able to live day-to-day life in

the Order, but being granted with the Order and

peace, without constant and abusive harassment.

temporary custody of her children made Casey feel

legal

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HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc. Statements of Financial Position

June 30, 2015 and 2014

2015 2014 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents

$

16,852

$ 50,483

Grants receivable

173,652

183,271

Prepaid expenses and deposits

21,591

22,376

Property and equipment, net

522,295

475,011

734,390

731,141

Accounts payable

23,595

22,835

Accrued expenses

54,089

65,342

Total assets

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

Refundable advances

154

27,217

Line of credit

95,000

100,000

Total liabilities

172,838

215,394

Net Assets Unrestricted 561,552

501,952

Temporarily restricted

-

13,795

Total net assets

561,552

515,747

Total liabilities and net assets $ 734,390

$ 731,141

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Financials WE DO THIS WORK TOGETHER. We are so proud of the work we do together through HopeWorks. There are many ways to support our shared mission but no gift is as critical to our success as a financial contribution. Yes, we receive funds from County, State, and Federal government as well as private foundations, but it is your individual donations that allow us to ultimately make ends meet both for our organization and for our clients. Please consider making a financial contribution to HopeWorks. No gift is too small to make a difference!

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2015 Board of Directors President Nancy Forrest Vice President Michele Beaulieu Treasurer Shaydra Tisdale- Robinson Secretary Sara Rubloff Jane Berman David Coaxum Meg Dawes Greg Der Marva Dickerson Ryan Frederic Missi Hamet Tracey Perrick Karen Pitsley Robert Ott Barry Sasscer

Staff

Adon Cherry Bey Albertina Munoz Alexis Flanagan Amelia Holgash Amy Meldau Ana Rivera Angela Pstersen Anita Wolf Antoinetta Saunders Gauth Britanny Eltringham Catherine Urbanelli Chaia Grubbs Chole Rice Christina Jay Cornelius Manning Dana StallingS Debra Watts Dionne Jimenez Emnet Tilahun Frances Lorenzi Gabrielle Fleming Galina Portnoy Jacqueline Reyner Jennifer Pollitt Hill Jessica Haas Joanne St John Joshua Semiatin Juilia Petre

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2015 List of Donors Donor Support from Individuals, Organizations and Small Businesses $250 - $499 Kandance Davis Katherine Wright Kathleen Wade Kathryn Morgan Kinicki Hughes Kyla Goden Lauren Lake Maria Lesley Patricia Parra Garcia Paula Ebert Pauline Gianoplus Peter Olthoff Rachael Pietkiewicz Reginald Goodall Ruth Thompson Saman Akhtar Samantha Sammartano Sarah Downs Sarah Nadolny Shaquita Taylor Sharon Delph Steffany Torres Stephanine Brooks Stephanine Romano Sylvie Henry Tanya Charles Taylor Berens Vanita Leatherwood Yolanda Bulick

Kristin Archibald Jane Berman Linda J Botek Steven Breeden Breezy Hill Farm Nellie Briggs Megan Bruno Judy and Patrick Clancy Kevin P. Connelly Janet Currie Planet Depos Marva Dickerson Lyn Dippel Peter Doob Equanimity FAI Wealth Management Grace Episcopal Robert Greenberg Insperity Grace Kubofcik Legal Logs Line of Sight Megan Madsen David and Mary Marker Aaron T Marshall Chip Mathieson (Dembo Jones) Denise McLeod Mount Pisgah AME Church Jennifer Pollitt Hill Helen Nankani Gary and Sharon Prada

June Ramey Nancy Riedel Anita and James Sheckells Strategic Wealth Management Group, LLC Swann Insurance Sherril Tart Monique Washington

$500 - $999

Annette Amato The Boot Camp Girl CIS Consulting Centennial High School Commonwealth Construction Mike Couch Nancy Kroh Dowell Nuala and Stephen Duffy Joshua and Jessica Feldmark Grace Community Church Michael Macon and Mary Hogan Roger C Jones Kittamaqundi Community, Inc. Angela Liggins Patricia and Warren Lupson Making Change John and Elaine Mikk Mulinazzi Law Office Laurie Nardinelli Rebecca Politzer

Bruce and Julie Press Margaret and William Richlin Elizabeth Richter Dawn Root Marni and Taylor Schwartz Amy Simms Arielle Rebecca Sokoll-Ward Soroptimist International of Howard County St. John the Evangelist Susanne Steele Jonathan Weinstein

$1000 and up

Michele Beaulieu Bridgeway Community Church Columbia Town Center Rotary Mim and Steve Dubin First National Bank Nancy M. Forrest Ryan Frederic Eileen Golian Cheryl Griffin Lawrence Harper Joyce and Bruce Hoelzer Howard County Police Officers Association, FOP # 21 Lisa and Brian Jolles Martha Keller Law Office of Alisa G. Cummins Sun Lee


It takes a collective effort to make positive change in our society and in an individual person’s or family’s life. Each one of us has something to give towards this goal. Whether it is through sponsoring an event, making an in-kind donation, including us in your estate planning or making a one-time, annual or monthly monetary donation, no gift is too small or too big. WE THANK YOU!

Lisa and Peter Mason Todd K. Mohink Robert William Mullen Remembering the True Victims, Inc. Rotary Club of Columbia- Patuxent Sara and Gary Rubloff Eugene A. Sambataro, DDS Dharmesh Mahesh Shah R.U. Snappy Ed and Sharon Stern

Government, Foundation and Corporate Funders Administrative Office of the Courts Allstate Foundation

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Bolduc Family Foundation The Bruce Family Trust Community Foundation of Howard County Dawn Lee Cooke Family Fund Governor’s Office of Crime, Control and Prevention The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Fund Howard County Department of Citizen Services Howard County Health Department Howard County Department of Housing

Mary Kay Foundation Maryland Legal Services Corporation Pettit Family Charitable Foundation Revere Bank Tower Federal Credit Union Thompson Creek Window Company Verizon Wireless W.R. Grace Foundation, Inc.

Third Party Fundraisers

Howard County Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame Leadership Howard County Morgan State University Alumni National Association of Professional Women, Howard County Chapter River Hill Garden Center Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County Yoga Center of Columbia

Florence Bain Senior Center Glenelg Country School Howard County Bar Association

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O H PE WORKS

HOWARD COUNTY

5457 Twin Knolls Rd # 310, Columbia, MD 21045

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