July 2012

In This Issue
2012 Back to School Drive
Become a Safe Shores Ambassador
Learn About Safe Shores, Tour Our Mission
MDT Member Spotlight-Brittany Murphy, LGSW
MDT Professional Development: "A Glimpse into Trauma - A Medical and Mental Health Perspective"
Partnering with DC Youth-Serving Organizations on Abuse Prevention Training
Safe Shores in the Media
Help a child, become a LifeSaver!

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Board of Directors
Thomas M. Cicotello, Pres.
Cheryl Anne Boyce, Ph.D., V.P.
Geoffrey H. Griffis, Treas. 
B. Michael Young, Secy.
Tanya Sweeney
Neil O. Albert
Kathy Barnes
Cyntoria E. Carter
Geoffrey H. Griffis
Kristen Howe
Traci Hughes, Esq. 
Mark Johannessen, CFP 
Nancy F. McConnell, CFRE
Benjamin Ogletree, Esq.
Cheryl L. Ziegler Ragland, Esq.
Michele Booth Cole, J.D., ex officio
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Looking for a special way to honor or remember a relative, friend, colleague or loved one? Make a tribute gift to Safe Shores. For more information, contact Erica Drucker at edrucker@safeshores.org.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Safe Shores Raises Awareness and Friends
April 2012 was packed with a variety of events to commemorate the month and raise awareness about the issue of child abuse. Thank you to all who helped make Child Abuse Prevention Month 2012 successful!


Cherishing Childhood Breakfast 
More than 160 Safe Shores' supporters and their guests attended our first annual Cherishing Childhood Breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The breakfast was emceed by Board President Tom Cicotello with keynote speaker, Ret. MPD Commander Lillian Overton and entertainment from Urban Nation H.I.P. H.O.P. Choir. During the breakfast, Board Vice President Cheryl A. Boyce introduced the LifeSavers, Safe Shores' new multi-year giving society and 30 people joined on the spot. The breakfast netted more than $338,000.
CCB crowd
Cherishing Childhood Breakfast attendees.


Tom C. at CCB
Board President Tom Cicotello gives opening remarks at the Cherishing Childhood Breakfast.
CCB - Choir
Urban Nation H.I.P. H.O.P. Choir performs at the Cherishing Childhood Breakfast.
Zumba Dance Fitness Party for Safe Shores 
Supporters participated in a special Zumba class for Safe Shores, hosted by Lola Pyne of Jinga Dance Fitness. 60 people attended and brought new clothing for the children we serve. More than 150 items were donated along with cash donations.
Zumba Class
Lola Pyne and volunteer Zumba instructors strike a pose for the camera.
Touch of Blue III 
Safe Shores' Board of Directors hosted Touch of Blue III, an annual fundraising happy hour that brings together staff, MDT members, Board members and other supporters for social networking. More than 75 people attended, and the event raised $3,600.
Touch of Blue III
MDT members enjoy a cocktail at Touch of Blue III at Coco Sala.
Jada at Nats
Safe Shores' Senior Communications Associate Jada Irwin at Nationals Park. 
Attendees of the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
Attendees of the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect toured Safe Shores in April.
2012 Back to School Drive


Back to School Desk

As the kids get into the swing of summer break, we're getting into the swing of our 2012 Back to School Drive!  

Your generosity will ensure that a child begins the school year with the tools he or she needs to be a successful student. 
This year, we've made donating as easy as point and click! Purchase items from our Wish List on www.amazon.com and have them shipped directly to Safe Shores! For more information, please call 202-645-3200 or send an e-mail to givetoachild@safeshores.org.
Become a Safe Shores Ambassador

Do you have a passion for our mission? Are you looking for a way to become more involved? Ambassadors open doors for our organization in the community by introducing new people to Safe Shores at our Coffee for Kids events. For more information on how to become a Safe Shores Ambassador, please contact Erica Drucker at 202-645-4429. 
Learn About Safe Shores, Tour Our Mission

Coffee for Kids

Join us for Coffee for Kids, a special opportunity to learn firsthand how Safe Shores works to provide intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence. You will tour the facility and hear from Safe Shores' staff about how we help child victims of abuse create personal victories. We hope to see you soon!

Coffee for Kids is held at Safe Shores from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The event is free but spaces are limited. To RSVP, please contact Jada Irwin at 202-645-4436. 

MDT Spotlight-Brittany Murphy, LGSW


Brittany Murphy, CFSA
Brittany Murphy, LGSW
What She Does: Part of Brittany's job as a social worker is deciding whether a child is safe in their home and what to do if they are not. She is well known among her MDT members  for providing her best work in emergency situations and remaining positive for clients and colleagues. 

When She Knew: Brittany knew early in life what she wanted to do for a career. "I learned firsthand about the challenges children in the District of Columbia face. I knew that I wanted to work with children and make whatever difference I could".
Why She Does It: "There is nothing better than working with a family and being able to create a safety plan that prevents a removal."

Thank you, Brittany, for your work on behalf of DC's children!
MDT Professional Development: "A Glimpse into Trauma - A Medical and Mental Health Perspective"
On May 8 & 9, the Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center of Children's National Medical Center sponsored a training for members of DC's MDT. 

More than 100 MDT members attended the training which featured keynote speaker Wanda Thompson, Ph.D. Attendees learned how to better asses trauma related to medical child abuse, formerly M´┐Żnchausen syndrome.
Partnering with DC Youth-Serving Organizations on Abuse Prevention Training


In May and June, Safe Shores provided training in child sexual abuse prevention to local and national organizations: Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Spanish Education Development Center. Safe Shores uses the Stewards of Children curriculum created by Darkness to Light. The 2.5-hour training educates adults on how to protect children from abuse and recognize the signs that a child has been abused.
DPR Staff
DC Department of Parks and Recreation Staff

Safe Shores offers the Stewards of Children training monthly to organizations and the local community. Upcoming dates are: July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 11 & Oct. 16. Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information about trainings, please call 202-645-3200 or send an e-mail to stewardsofchildren@safeshores.org
Feel free to share the training dates and registration information with your colleagues via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.
Safe Shores in the Media 


MBC and Kojo
Michele Booth Cole &  
WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi
The trial and recent conviction of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky continues to raise the level of public awareness and discourse about child abuse. As a result, executive director Michele Booth Cole has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs and her bylined commentary has been published in daily and community newspapers. Michele's media placements include: the Washington Post, the Washington Informer, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, TRUtv, and WHUR. 
Safe Shores truly hopes the conversation will continue and efforts to protect children will grow. Click here for a list of Safe Shores' media coverage. 
Help a child, Become a LifeSaver!

You are invited to join the LifeSavers, Safe Shores' new multi-year giving society. LifeSavers have a direct impact on the lives of 
children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District. You can be sure that your gift will help us provide intervention, hope and healing for our clients. Your gift could help provide art therapy for a child or train adults to recognize and prevent child sex abuse. Join the LifeSavers as an individual or as part of a group. 


For more information, please contact Senior Development Associate, Erica Drucker at 202-645-4429.            
George Washington University Hospital Women's Board
l to r: Pamela Thornton, Michele Booth Cole, Crystal Grandstaff and Safe Shores' Senior Development Associate Erica Drucker.
George Washington University Hospital Women's Board recently joined our LifeSavers Giving Society. Representatives Pamela and Crystal stopped by to deliver their contribution. Click here for a list of Safe Shores' LifeSavers.

Note to members of DC's MDT: If you have items you would like to submit for consideration for News from Safe Shores, please contact Senior Communications Associate, Jada Irwin at jirwin@safeshores.org.