Airing Dirty Laundry Makes a Difference

Posted 11/08/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: Our Services, Victims, Volunteer Opportunities

Working for a non-profit, one is driven by philanthropy and working to help others. Part of helping others, is educating the community about severe issues that occur daily in their neighborhoods. It is those “Mission Matters” stories that remind everyone to take the time to help those in need, to step back and find a way to help end the abuse. Here is a true story that I would like to share with you:

About three weeks ago, I was approached by a Valparaiso University Psychology Grad Student to be her interviewee for her class project. I told her about what we do at The Caring Place and proceeded to tell her about The Clothesline Project. She was very excited, intrigued, curious about this project. I let her take some of the shirts for her presentation as a visual aide for her class. At first the students thought “Oh Pretty!” but then as she explained what the shirts meant and what the different colors represented, attitudes changed; their attention was on her and the stories behind these powerful t-shirts. The students (and professor too!) were so moved by the shirts that they began to cry. She told me that her class had no idea what domestic violence and sexual assault could do to a person and their family. Her 10-minute presentation turned into a 10-minute presentation with a 45-minute discussion about the shirts and what they can do to help people in these situations.


Dr. Phil Stops the Silence of Domestic Violence

Posted 09/14/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: News

Check out Dr. Phil’s website for domestic violence survivors’ stories and other information about domestic violence. Do you know the warning signs? Go to for more from Dr. Phil.

Cheryl Burke Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence

Posted 09/09/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: Uncategorized”

The Beacon Circle

Posted 07/24/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: Uncategorized

If the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault is a cause you care about, there are many ways in which you can include The Caring Place in your will or estate plans. The formation of The Beacon Circle is our way of honoring the extraordinary generosity of supporters who wish to leave all or a portion of their assets to The Caring Place to be used in perpetuity to enhance the quality of life for victims of domestic violence.

These gifts can come in a variety of ways:

  • Gifts of Cash
  • Appreciated Securities
  • Gift Annuities
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Bequests in Will or Trust
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

Because The Caring Place’s endowment fund is supported by The Porter County Community Foundation, your long-term gift to The Beacon Circle will also qualify as a gift to the Foundation’s planned giving circle, The Echo Society.

Your gift will ensure the continued success of The Caring Place and its impact on educating the community on the effects of domestic violence.

To learn more about The Beacon Circle or the potential benefits of planned giving, please contact The Caring Place Development Office at 219.464.0840 ext.105.

By being aware of these six estate-planning pitfalls, you can prevent major headaches down the line:

(1) Not updating wills and trusts when circumstances change, such as after a divorce or the birth of a child.

(2) Failing to revoke a former spouse’s beneficiary status in life insurance policies and retirement accounts.

(3) Granting power-of-attorney privileges or executor responsibilities to unqualified people.

(4) Giving the power to make medical decisions on your behalf to two or more people who may not agree.

(5) Assuming you can predict which family member will pass away first – or who will out-live everyone else.

(6) Bequeathing your entire estate at one time – rather than arranging to divide it into the more optimal three or four stages of distribution – to someone who is young or who doesn’t have financial expertise.

Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) awards Tax Credits to The Caring Place, Inc.

Posted 07/06/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: Donor Relations, News

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) through The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) of the State of Indiana has awarded The Caring Place, Inc. $22,000 in tax credits to be distributed now through June 2011. The Caring Place, Inc., a regional not-for-profit organization whose mission involves providing shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is one of the 181 not-for-profits in the state to be awarded NAP credits.

The sale of these tax credits to the general public will raise funds necessary to provide shelter, one-on-one and group support for clients – connecting them to community resources including housing, employment, legal aid, and childcare.

At the IHCDA Board of Directors meeting held on June 17th, $2.5 million in tax credits were allocated to 181 not-for-profit corporations throughout Indiana. The credits are part of the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), which allows organizations to use the tax credits as an incentive to help leverage additional contributions from individuals and businesses for neighborhood-based programs and projects.

Tax credits are distributed to donors at 50% of the contribution amount and are subtracted from a donor’s state income tax liability. NAP tax credits are awarded through a formula allocation process that is based on several factors, including socioeconomic need, type of request, amount of request, and adherence to instructions. IHCDA received and reviewed 181 applications requesting over $6.3M.

Organizations with projects specializing in housing received approximately 88% of their requested amount and organizations specializing in community development received approximately 21% of their requested amount.

What makes this philanthropic opportunity different than others? Some have called it “an offer you can’t refuse.” Others refer to it as being “almost too good to be true.” Regardless of the descriptions, NAP credits are providing great benefits to donors and not-for-profit organizations throughout Indiana.

The State of Indiana will “split” the cost of any gift of $100 or more made to The Caring Place. As long as the NAP credits are available, the State of Indiana will provide an income tax credit equal to 50% for every contribution (cash, check, credit card) over $100. In addition, you may also be able to claim a federal tax deduction on the full donation amount. (Consult a tax advisor for your personal tax savings.)

The steps are straightforward to make a charitable contribution AND receive the added benefit of tax savings. Make your donation now, because credits go fast. Gifts should be sent directly to The Caring Place Community Advocacy Center at 3107 Cascade Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383, along with the request for NAP credits. For more information, or to make a contribution, contact Heather Klein, Director of Development and Communications at 219.464.0840 ext.105.

Harris spends Annual Employee Volunteer Day at The Caring Place

Posted 06/15/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: News, Volunteer Opportunities

On June 10, 2010 more than 2,000 employees of Harris and BMO Capital Markets visited over 70 community organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Washington and Wisconsin for a company-wide volunteer event.

The 4th Annual Harris/BMO Capital Markets Employee Volunteer Day partners employees and executives with various non-profit organizations to perform community projects. The volunteers will read and entertain young children, clean and landscape, painted, organize storage rooms, restock food pantries and much more.

This year, Harris employees in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area – led by David Mika, Northwest Indiana Regional President – teamed up to paint and spruce up the main entryway at The Caring Place – a safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their dependent children.

Because of the traumatic circumstances in which a client is visiting The Caring Place, our mission is for a client to enter the main hallway at the front of the Shelter and immediately experience warmth and clarity. This entrance is their first encounter with Client Advocates and Case Managers, and often their first step to seeking safety and independence. David Mika and his team at Harris were tremendous in accomplishing this project while having the mission at heart.

Many thanks to David Mika and our friends at Harris!

Click here to view a clip from the 2009 Harris Employee Volunteer Day.

Volunteers Needed at The Caring Place

Posted 06/01/2010 by thecaringplace
Categories: Volunteer Opportunities

The Caring Place (TCP) relies on volunteers to sustain the breadth and quality of its work. TCP has assisted victims of domestic violence and their children since 1978 at no cost to the victim. Services include safe shelter and community-based programs. As a volunteer-based organization, TCP is always seeking committed individuals with a passion for ending violence in our community.

The Caring Place is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Answering Crisis Line Calls

Assisting Shelter Staff with Clients’ Needs

Support Group Co-facilitator

Children’s Program – While most assume that victims of abuse are primarily those directly involved, TCP advocates and staff aim also to help the victim’s children. Children’s program volunteers coordinate activities and crafts for the children living in the shelter. Volunteers are needed between 8am and 8pm for shifts of at least 1 hour.

Client Transportation – Many clients at the shelter are without a vehicle, which can be a significant stumbling block when attempting to schedule and attend important job interviews, court dates, and other appointments. For this position, a valid Indiana driver’s license, a reliable form of transportation, automobile insurance, and a willingness to be on-call to transport someone are required. All volunteers are called 24 hours prior to transportation requests.

Emergency Response Volunteer (ERV) – Emergency Response Volunteers (ERVs) provide support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in emergency hospital settings. ERVs are on-call and may be called upon any hour of the day. These volunteers should be compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental individuals who can keep calm in emergency situations. Requires specialized training.

English/Spanish Translator – The translator would be on-call to provide support to Spanish-speaking clients. The volunteer may be called to the shelter or hospital to facilitate communication with the client.

The Caring Place, Inc. requires all volunteers to submit a criminal background check and attend a volunteer orientation session.

For more information on how you can get involved at The Caring Place, please call us in the Community Advocacy Center at 219.464.0840 ext. 100.