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Mother nature provided a beautiful blue sky and a bright shining sun to paint the picture perfect day for the first “CAR, TRUCK and BIKE SHOW” benefitting the Crime Victim’s Center. Needless to say, the event was a huge success and raised funds to help assure the continuation of the CVC vital services to sexual assault and other violent crime victims and families in our community.

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West Penn Power Company employees Melissa Moore, Cathy Hurley, Michelle Plum and Rich Walter chose the Crime Victims' Center this year as their service project for the September 8th United Way "Day of Caring." Thank you Melissa, Cathy, Michelle and Rich for "making change happen where it matters most!" We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

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In observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, The Crime Victims’ Center is hosting a special QPR training on Wednesday, September 13th. Presented by Adelphoi Village representatives, the training’s objective is to educate the community and enhance awareness. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn more about the WARNING signs of suicide and how to respond.

National Suicide Prevention Week is a campaign to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention. By drawing attention to the problem of suicide in the United States, the campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, as well as encourage the pursuit of mental health assistance and support people who attempted suicide. During this week, individuals and organizations join together to draw attention to the problem of suicide and advocating the prevention of this terrible tragedy. Suicide is a national health problem that is also one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation.

If you know someone in need of help or for additional information please contact the local Fayette County 24 hour crisis line at 724-437-1003 or the National Hopeline Network (Suicide Crisis Line) at 1-800-784-2433.

Two extremely talented and gifted seamstresses, Tammy Kaufman and Carol Yasechko, volunteered their time and expertise to make memory pillows for the CVC "Missing Piece of My Heart" support group. Each participant brought in a T-shirt, jersey or dress which was worn by their deceased child.  The article of clothing was then transformed into a memory pillow with each pillow being personalized with an embroidered saying of the parent's liking.

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The month of April proved to be extremely busy and successful. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the CVC engages the greater community in prevention efforts and awareness to coincide with the national theme of “Engaging New Voices”. Key leaders and community organizations, groups and businesses can facilitate crucial conversations with folks who have not been traditionally reached by the anti-violence movement.

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We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone associated with the Tavern for sponsoring the “Benefit for Child Abuse Prevention”  to raise funds for our agency’s services to children and to increase the awareness of child abuse in Fayette County.  This Benefit for Child Abuse Prevention was held at the Tavern located at 158 Hope Road in Smithfield, PA on April 8th.

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