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Awareness + Action = Change
  • 20 people every minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%
  • 72% of all murder suicides involve an intimate partner
  • 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female
  • If you or someone you know needs help: Our hotline number is 816-321-7050.
This year marks the 30th  anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Every October we honor survivors, celebrate progress and recommit to ending domestic violence. 
While progress has been made, domestic violence continues to impact individuals and families at an alarming rate. The CDC in Atlanta cites domestic violence as the leading public health issue for women, and confirms the statistic that more than 25% of all women will experience at least one incident of serious intimate partner violence during her lifetime. 

SafeHaven, our domestic violence center, operates at or beyond capacity month after month. Last year, 252 survivors and their children found shelter at SafeHaven, but we had to turn many more than that away.
To address that gap, we will begin to renovate SafeHaven later this month to increase capacity by 10 beds and create more individual space for each client as well as additional meeting, training and program space. With expanded programs serving more families, we can more effectively address the root causes of domestic violence and help ensure families don't repeat the cycle. 

This month, we encourage you to learn more about the complex challenge of domestic violence. Awareness is the first step toward change, but change can not be accomplished without action. Add your voice to the dialogue and help educate others. Join other advocates around the nation for #WearPurpleWednesdays and utilize social media to spread the word. Make this month the time that you honor and support survivors with a donation. Together we can make a difference. 
Puppets with a Purpose
At 88 years young, longtime puppeteer and children's performer Mary Lou Anderson wants the  puppets she used to entertain and educate children to keep helping kids. That's why she chose to donate them to Synergy Services where they will be used by staff therapists to help the children served by the agency.
Ms. Anderson hosted 41 Treehouse Lane, the first local program to air on Channel 41 when it  opened in 1970. She also hosted the Mother Nature Show, which she wrote, produced and  starred in for over a decade. She and her puppets helped children learn important lessons about  character and navigate the challenges of the day. Her mission to entertain and serve children  did not end when the show did--to this day she is passionate about both. That passion led her  to donate more than 20 puppets from her collection to Synergy.
Every day, Synergy's therapists help children move beyond the limits of vocabulary to express  themselves through art and play. Art and play therapy sessions provide a relaxed and interactive environment for children to deal with complex traumatic issues.
"Our therapists understand the magic that is created when children see puppets as an avenue for expressing themselves," said Dr. Dennis Meier, Associate Executive Director at Synergy.  "Play therapy enables children to process and make sense of their experiences, so they can heal and move on."
News & Events
Seats Going Fast for Stand Up          Scream Queen
We are on our way to a sold-out crowd for Kathleen Madigan's Stand Up performance Saturday, November 4 at Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa! She is one of the most renowned comedians of her generation, and is sure to give our guests an evening to remember. Don't miss the stand-out event of the year--save your seat at Stand Up today!

Rained Out but Still Smiling
Our golfers may have gotten rained out early, but they made the best of it! Our thanks to presenting sponsor Mosaic Life Care and all the sponsors and golfers that supported Swing Fore Synergy this year!
Building on the success of last year's event, Scream Queen 2017 is set for October 20 at Synergy's YRC and provides a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. Last year 125 youth attended the event. Contact Felicia Shepherd for more details.

Couches Don't Count
Youth 4 Change KC brings together young people to  educate, inspire, and connect with our community to fight social injustice and  youth  homelessness, and to assist the underserved. Led by staff from Synergy and reStart, this group is already making an impression with a Couches Don't Count exhibit designed to raise awareness about youth homelessness. You can read all about it in this KC Star article.  Young people will be out with the exhibt this weekend at the City Market Farmer's Market from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Robin's Wrap-up
Dear Friends,

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and everyone is encouraged to find ways to honor and support the millions of survivors who experience intimate partner violence each year. October is also a time to recognize the many dedicated and caring advocates who provide shelter, safety, care and services to those fleeing domestic violence. 

At Synergy, we are so grateful for the excellent team at SafeHaven, our Domestic Violence Center. Under the leadership of Andrea Raya, SafeHaven's capable manager, a heroic cohort of more than 40 dedicated staff members work around the clock to meet every challenge. They are first responders who are there 24/7 to help save lives and rebuild futures. Together they provide care and support for hundreds of survivors and their children, helping them overcome trauma and gain the resiliency necessary to change their world view. 

In the next few weeks we will begin to renovate the 30+ year old shelter to make it more accommodating for both clients and staff. We are grateful to everyone who donated to the agency's Growth Campaign to build our new Children's Center and to renovate and remodel SafeHaven. The shelter will be expanded and the space will be redesigned to provide more room and expanded services for clients in a joyful and safe environment. 

Synergy also extends congratulations to Dr. Sara Brammer, Synergy's Director of Domestic Violence Services, for having been appointed to a blue ribbon Missouri Commission on Domestic Violence by the Missouri Supreme Court. The commission has been charged to define best practice policies and procedures to address domestic violence. Sara will be developing and providing domestic violence training to Missouri judges. In addition, she and Tony Dishman, manager of Synergy's batterers intervention program, will provide the keynote address at this year's local Bar Association Conference.

Thank you for all you do to support our efforts and help us overcome domestic violence.

Robin Shanberg Winner
Executive Director
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