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Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse

by Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse
The 'Good Guy' Tom Wilbeck, LPC
The 'Good Guy' Tom Wilbeck, LPC

Hi Friends!

This has been an exciting year for Innovative Alternatives, Inc.'s Victim Assistance Program, because we have expanded our funding from $240,000 to $620,000! This expansion is allowing us to establish between 7 and 10 new offsite locations by co-locating our services in other nonprofits who serve populations of clients, such as foster children, who are victims in need of our Victim Assistance Program, free counseling services! It is also a little intimidating, however, to know that our required match for this prrgram has also increased from $60,000 to $155,000, which is where you can help! Never think that the little you have to give will not make a difference. It certainly will and I want to show you how.

I want to tell you about just one of our cases so you can see the difference that your support can really make in one or many lives, depending upon your ability to assist in our cause to relieve the suffering of child victims of violent crime. The courage of these kids is quite inspiring!

Her Song Tells a New Story!

Sasha is a spirited 8 year old girl who has lived with her mother for her entire life. Sasha has known her father as a supportive, caring man though she calls mom’s house “home.” In the summer of 2014, Mom married a new man and Sasha’s life changed forever. Trauma and abuse became part of the new ‘normal’ for Sasha and her mom at the hands of this man; and the two of them felt powerless to escape. In the fall of 2015, Sasha told her grandmother what was going on and thankfully, the family came to her rescue. Sasha now lives with her father and the two of them are trying to make life better.

Sasha’s father didn’t quite know where to turn until the school counselor recommended Innovative Alternatives. He was concerned about affording counseling services due to his financial struggles, but knew he had to do whatever he could to help his daughter. Sasha and her dad came to IA’s Victim Assistance Program in December of 2015 for their first appointment and he was surprised and relieved to find that there are services especially for children like Sasha and that these services are free of charge due to a grant for Victims of Crimes, from the Governor’s Office, State of Texas Criminal Justice Department. He felt a new comfort to find that this agency had 26 years of experience in working with abused kids and adults!

Sasha has connected with her therapist and starts every session with a big hug. Sasha sings songs while in play therapy about how her life is happier now and how she feels safe and cared for because of her father and her special new friends at Innovative Alternatives. One day, she sang very, very loud, and when she went out to the waiting room, she asked her Dad, “Could you hear me singing my happy song today, Daddy?” With tears in his eyes, he looked around the waiting room at many pleasant smiles and said, “Yes Baby, we could ALL hear you singing so beautifully! I am so glad you are so happy, sweetheart!”

Sasha’s father is receiving the guidance every parent needs to understand the behaviors that children display while working through trauma. He is gaining support for himself at IA as well in order to support his child through a stressful and arduous journey through the criminal justice system as it tries to prosecute her abuser. Sasha’s Dad stated to her counselor, “I don’t know what I would have done without Innovative Alternatives.” He expresses his gratitude at every session and is hopeful that his little girl will grow up with less fear and the ability to love and be loved in healthy ways because of the help she’s found here. He is especially glad that his little girl has found out from her caring and respectful male counselor, that not all men are ‘bad guys’ but there are many ‘good guys’ in the world as well.

You can become one of the 'Good Guys' on IA's team and in Sasha's life and that of many hundreds of childen, by helping IA to meet the match required by the Governors Office in order to keep these services flowing to hurting children in need. IA is also planning to begin to offer services in electronic formats to parents of abused kids who are also eligible for our services. Thank you for anything you can do to help!

Warmest Regards,

Sharon

Sharon Bayus, MA, LPC-S, TMCA Distinguished Mediator
President & CEO
Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
1335 Regents Park Dr., STE 240
Houston, TX 77058
P713-222-2525  C713-553-3671
F281-480-4815  Esbayus@innovativealternatives.org 
W www.innovativealternatives.org

 

We find solutions to life’s most difficult people problems
 through mediation, counseling and training-since 1989!                                      
                               A United Way Agency

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Foster Mom of 3, tells how IA supported her family
Foster Mom of 3, tells how IA supported her family

Merry Chirstmas!

On November 16th, Innovative Alternatives, Inc. celebrated it's 2015 Totally Texan 26th Anniversary Blast! Lori Warren told this story:

Imagine the Mother of one of your children's friends--whom you barely know--calls to ask if you can take her 3 children overnight, or at most, for a few days, "..just until these false allegations are all cleared up about my husband." You know he is the step-father of this woman's 2 daughters and one son. You have only met her son. What would you say? We said, "Of course," never expecting that these would become our children before everything was over.

What was the allegation? That her husband had sexually abused her oldest daughter, now 15, for several years--almost the life of their marriage. Who did the Mom believe? Her husband, not her daughter. So we take in 3 children in addition to our own 3 kids to our 3 bedroom home. Adjustments? Many. You can only imagine what her children were going through, but there were tremendous adjustments for our own kids as well. What was our saving grace? Innovative Alternatives, Inc. The local Friendswood Police Department referred us to this nonprofit agency that provides free counseling to any crime victim, relative, guardian or eye witness of a crime. It doesn't matter when, how or whether it was ever reported.

All three children were assigned their own counselors at IA, and all three chidren had different issues resulting from the molestation of one--the middle child and oldest girl. Her 'free counselor' was not a new-comer to the field, but had more than two decades of experience with trauma victims, founded this agency. These aren't just beginners--these folks know what they are doing! M's counselor testified in both criminal court and family court and the perpetrator was found guilty and sentenced to prison. The kid's Mom lost her parental rights for failing to protect her children. The counselor's coached us as foster parents on how to support each child and how to break the news to the youngest about why she could never return to live with her Mom, but they also coached us about how to talk about the kids parents without demonizing and how to maintain some supervised visitation with their Mom, as the each of the kids desired it.

Without all 3 of these high quality therapists as well as the support staff at IA, we'd have been lost and could never have supported these foster kids or our own children appropriately. This decision could have torn our family apart, regardless of our good intentions and the love we had to give. I recen'tly called M at college and heard her roomate ask in the back ground, "Who are you talking to?" and her answer, "My Mom!" I cried. It was the first time and the very best Christmas gift she could ever give me!

Lori is a hero in our book! Yet, stories like Lori's are plentiful at our agency. So many courageous people are struggling to function or to help others with their own struggles, like Lori & Brad helped 3 children of a relative stranger. Won't you help us to continue to support families who are trying to do the right thing by children and who do their best to protect them from people who wish to continue to use and hurt them? At Christmas, many children are separated from their parents and need to know they are not fogotten. Thank you for your past support and please consider doing what you can once again this year! If you cannot, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, for the very best outcomes in their lives! We appreciate you and pray for your blessing as well during this holiday season.

Warmest Regards,

Sharon

Foster Mom, Lori w Sharon-Counselor oldest child
Foster Mom, Lori w Sharon-Counselor oldest child
Sponsor Longhorn Steakhouse Cooking Team!
Sponsor Longhorn Steakhouse Cooking Team!
What fun we had, raising funds to help more kids!
What fun we had, raising funds to help more kids!
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Child Victor
Child Victor

Hello Friends of IA!

We want to let you know about Global Giving's 30% Bonus Day coming up September 16, 2015. This will be the final Bonus Day of the year.  Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 16th. Starting at 9:00:01 EDT. GlobalGiving is matching all donations made through globalgiving.org  up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. There is $70,000 available in matching and Global Giving is also offering $6,000 in bonus awards! Matching will last until funds run out or until 23:59:59 EDT. Please help IA get its share of the $70,000 in bonus funds!

The good news is that our Victim Assistance Program will receive an increase in grant funds from the Office of the Governor-Criminal Justice Division of the State of Texas taking us from $240,000 to $617,390. As part of the expansion, IA will collaboration up to 10 local nonprofits to co-locate counseling services to victims on-site in their facilities. These agencies will donate in-kind space, furniture, and/or equipment for use by IA staff to assist in fulfillment of matching funds. This collaboration will expand the IA service footprint for the Victim Assistance Program from the City of Galveston in the South to the Ship Channel in the North.

IA now has a chance to help an additional 1,300 people per year for a total of 2,500! An increase from $240,000 to $617,390 creates an amazing opportunity for IA to broaden its impact in the community! However, we will face a new challenge as well. Our required match amount will also increase from $60,000 to $155,000 annually! If it is within your ability, please consider a monthly donation of an amount that suits you to support this program and to allow us to more than double our service numbers!

All victims of crime deserve compassionate support during their healing and recovery work. Thanks for your partnership with our agency and our mission to help all victims, especially child victims of horrendous crimes, as they transition from victims to survivors to victors. Without your help, the untreated symptoms they face might otherwise impair their functioning and plague them emotionally for years.


Best Regards,


Debbie



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IA Legacy of Leadership Golf Classic
IA Legacy of Leadership Golf Classic

Hello Friends of IA!

We want to let you know about Global Giving's Matching Bonus Day coming up next week on May 13th, when Global Giving will match all donations to Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse - Project #17205!

For the first-time, all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project made on Bonus Day will be matched by Global Giving!  Read the complete terms and conditions here. Please consider giving whatever you are able between 8am and 10:59pm Central Standard Time or 9am and 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time and please tell your friends, coworkers and family members what a great opportunity this is to give!

Remember, any amount will help and be amplified by Global Giving for the whole day! GG has $75,000 to give away in matching dollars, so please help IA get a good chunk of that!

We held our 2015 Legacy of Leadership Golf Classic on Monday, May 4th and will notify all our golfers and sponsors of this Global Giving matching opportunity as well! The event was a great success, raising almost half of the 2015 $60,000 match required by our grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the State of Texas, Office of the Governor and we honored Thomas Blinsko as our 2015 Legacy of Leadership Award winner for his support of so very many nonprofit agencies in the Bay Area of Houston! Thomas is a model of someone willing to help individuals and families, as well as organizations with significant ministries to those in need. Our Legacy of Leadership Award goes to a local unsung hero who makes a significant difference through their support and/or volunteer efforts to local nonprofit agencies.

Other news is that we presented our Victim Assistance Program grant for an increase of 61% for the coming grant year, from $240,000 to $617,390 and it was very favorably received by the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Government Priority Hearing Board! We should receive our score and know if the expansion is funded sometime in June and you will be the first to know if the new funding will begin to flow on September 1, 2015!

Thanks for your partnership with our agency and our mission to help child victims of horrendous crimes transition from victims to survivors to victors in life and especially over the symptoms that would otherwise impair their functioning and plaque them emotionally for years if left untreated!

 

Best Regards,
Sharon
Sharon Bayus, MA, LPC-S, TMCA Distinguished Mediator
President & CEO
Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
 
1335 Regents Park Dr., STE 240
Houston, TX 77058
P713-222-2525  C713-553-3671
F281-480-4815  Esbayus@innovativealternatives.org
W www.innovativealternatives.org
 
We find solutions to life’s most difficult people problems
through mediation, counseling and training-since 1989!                                      
                              A United Way Agency
Helicopter Ball Drop
Helicopter Ball Drop
Dropped Balls!
Dropped Balls!
Close call for the free trip w/ condo & airfare!
Close call for the free trip w/ condo & airfare!
Thomas Brinsko 2015Legacy of Leardership Honoree!
Thomas Brinsko 2015Legacy of Leardership Honoree!
Gorgeous Day!
Gorgeous Day!
A great meal donated by Longhorn Steakhouse!
A great meal donated by Longhorn Steakhouse!
The Longhorn Team golfed & then cooked for 100+!
The Longhorn Team golfed & then cooked for 100+!
1st Place Team! (Except for Sharon in middle!)
1st Place Team! (Except for Sharon in middle!)
Our supporters are definitely winners!
Our supporters are definitely winners!
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Buddy at almost 6 y/o in our play therapy room.
Buddy at almost 6 y/o in our play therapy room.

Hi Friends!

I have so many exciting things to report for our project 'Set kids free from trauma of sexual/physical abuse!'

First, let me tell you about a boy we'll call 'Buddy' to protect his confidentiality. Buddy's mother was a drug abuser and began to abuse him in the womb by taking drugs and drinking while she was pregnant. As an infant, he was neglected by his mother and abandoned by his father who also abused him in the womb by beating his mother and throwing her down the stairs while carrying Buddy. This continued his existence until the authorities and his grandparents took him away to safety when he was 2 yrs old. He was behind in crawling, walking and couldn't ride a bike even with training wheels. He also wet the bed several times every single night and had horrific nightmares. Grandma had to sleep upstairs to keep him from waking up scared and screaming for about 2 full years! No one will ever know what he went through before he was rescued. 

Starting school, he had fits of anger that caused him to lose control and destroy the classroom, throwing desks and endangering other children. His grandparents were at their wits end trying to control him and love him to emotional normalcy. Psychiatrists put this child on numerous psychotropic medications and as a result his weight went to 100 lbs at age 6 and by 7 he was 160 lbs and could only wear men's size clothing! This did not help his acceptance by other children. Neighbor's heard him howling in anger at times as well as his grandparent's struggles to control him. Teachers at school had to restrain him 2-3 times per day and called his grandma as often as 10 times per day! He finally beat up on his grandmother and tackled his grandfather at only 7 years old. His psychiatrist wanted to put him into a state mental hospital permanently. Without the right help, Buddy was likely destined to hurt someone severely and to end up in the criminal justice system, his life lost as a result of his own victimizations.

His grandparent's neighbor referred them to Innovative Alternatives, Inc. and our Victim Assistance Program. His therapist recommended that his doctors change and almost eliminate his meds and taught his grandparents techniques to use during his anger episodes and when to give him some personal space to prevent escalation. Grandma said our counselor was the only professional other than teachers, who believed what they were going through and how hard it was to control a 6 y/o!

Much personal investment of love and dedication by family members and professional intervention later, Buddy's Grandma tells us, "Now he has learned how to get along with others and to make friends. He also rides his bike, skates and rides his electric scooter. And of course loves his Xbox and iPad. He has come along way! Thank you!"  Not only that, Buddy is a slim 9 year-old, whom you would never recognize from his picture! His teachers say he is very smart and will catch up to grade level. He has learned how to handle his anger when it hits him and places himself in voluntary time-outs, away from others when needed and can communicate when any touching will only make things worse for him. He is a sweet child whom everyone loves and admires for his triumph over his troubles! IA cannot take all the credit for this child's progress but we are honored to have been a part of it! Most of the credit belongs to his grandparents who never gave up on this child whom they love until he got the right help, as well as to a dedicated team of professionals. We give the lion's share of the credit to Buddy'--and his determination to belong and to show who he is really meant to become in life, despite his very difficult beginnings!

IA now has a chance to help another fifteen-hundred people per year! Every single child has a purpose to fulfill in life, just like Buddy who is yet to achieve his, but is getting there! The grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office of the State of Texas which funds this project has removed the cap to allow IA to serve 2,500 people per year if the expansion grant we submitted last week is awarded in September! Our grant dollars will increase from $240,000 to $630,000! This is the great news and an amazing opportunity! The challenge is that our required match amount will also increase from $60,000 per year to $155,000 annually! If it is within your ability to consider doing so, please think about making even a small monthly donation of $10 to $50 per month to support this program and to allow us to increase our service numbers by over 100%! Don't forget that all donations up to $1,000 are matched by 30% by Global Giving on March 18th from 8 am  to 10:59 CSTor 9 am to 11:59 EST.

Not only this, but under this grant IA is also offering bilingual services, faith-based service (only on request and definition of our clients), play therapy as you already know and IA is now expanding services to target neglected, abused and financially exploited elderly persons in this particular grant (though this GG project will remain dedicated to children). In many ways, the elderly are just as, or more vulnerable than infants in some respects. They are very easily isolated and controlled by abusers by not allowing them into public--unlike children who must attend school and have more chances to 'tell', and by financially exploiting the them out of their life savings as well!

If awarded this grant, IA will also provide free services through 10 new nonprofit agencies on-site at their locations to allow victims of all ages who cannot travel to our current offices to access services--essentially expanding our reach from the city of Galveston to the ship channel area of Houston! It is an exciting time at IA!

We thank you for becoming a part of our mission and our success thus far and we will also let you know immediately if the new grant is funded! Thank you and bless you for making our work possible!

 

Warmest Regards,

 Sharon

Sharon Bayus, MA, LPC-S

President & CEO

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