Editorial

CASA: Evidence of Effectiveness

By Mickey Edwards, SOS CASA of the Flint Hills Director Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are 951 CASA programs around the country. The SOS CASA of the Flint Hills program serves Lyon and Chase County children caught in the court system due to
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Partnering to help students

By Carrie Goss, SOS/ESU Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Each fall thousands of students make Emporia their new home for a few years. There’s a reason they choose Emporia. Whether it be the great university they are about to attend or the beautiful sights of the surrounding Flint Hills, they choose Emporia. A college campus can be a community all on its own. The culture
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Advocate must have great listening skills

By an SOS Rural Victim Advocate A job application for a rural advocate position with SOS, Inc. doesn’t look any different than an advocate’s application to work in one of the more populated areas covered by our agency. There are some differences in how we accomplish our goal of increasing safety for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims in the six-county areas, dependent
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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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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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