Children provided a safe environment at CVEC

By Deb Schneider, SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center Director The SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center (CVEC) has been open in Emporia for the last 16 years. Even though I’ve lived in Emporia more than 30 years, I was unaware of the CVECs existence. For the past six years, I have been the director of the center and have realized the importance of
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SOS shelter provides safety net for victims

Shelter

By Cecilia Hernandez, Shelter Manager/Victim Advocate At 3 a.m., an SOS advocate’s phone rings. Helpline staff is on another line stating an advocate is needed at a residence for a domestic dispute or at the hospital for a sexual assault. An SOS advocate arrives within 15 minutes to provide support for the victim. At SOS, safety is our primary concern, which often means utilizing
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Who’s on the front line during a crisis?

By Danielle Armitage, Outreach Prevention and Education Coordinator When someone is in an abusive relationship SOS Crisis Services is the front line of being able to help individuals. We help them move from victim to survivor within Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris and Osage Counties. SOS services are available 24-hours-a-day to individuals who seek assistance from an advocate. During the workday, advocates are available
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SOS – simply a call for help!

Susan Faler, Community Relations Director “SOS” is the international call sent out by ship or plane indicating that help or rescue is needed. SOS isn’t an acronym – it stands for nothing at all – except help! Just like the local non-profit organization SOS, Inc., there is not special significance in the letters themselves, just simply – a call for help. SOS, Inc. is
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From little seeds grow mighty trees

By Susan Faler, Community Relations Director Have you wondered how SOS makes a difference for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect? SOS has grown the last 39 years, just like the seeds we plant with our clients and community. It’s often hard to see change in our work and progress can be slow, but we continue to sow and cultivate the
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Domestic Violence: How it affects the family

I think back to nights when I am sure they heard every word and when they were suddenly taken from their warm beds. I worry about the lasting affects and scars they might have due to the abuse. Recently, I read that “Boys who witness their fathers’ abuse of their mothers are more likely to inflict severe violence as adults” and that scares me.
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How is SOS like a power plant?

Many of you may know me as the SOS community relations director. I have been with SOS one and one-half years. My experience is vast in media/community relations and crisis communications but in other venues than non-profits. I worked for a nuclear power plant for 15 years. Recently, I caught myself comparing SOS to a nuclear power and realized there are many similarities between
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Back to School Safety

Back to school safety is not only for parents, but also bus drivers and school staff. There are different ways children can get to and from school – walking, riding their bikes, rides from parents or catching the bus. Think of these safety tips for your child and their school experience.
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Password Protect our Future

The following rules apply to your password. Use one capital letter, one number and one symbol. The symbol cannot be a * ( ) $ or !. No spaces, no running ………… Ahhhhh! We live in a society literally locked with all of the rules about passwords and the growing instances of identity theft.

But there is one item we have failed to “password protect,” OUR CHILDREN!
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