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       “ When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

~Harriet Beecher Stowe
September 2014
Volume 19 Issue 2
Kaity's Korner 2
Synergy in September
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Collaborating to Collaborate.....

For a few years now, Kaity's Way has1001040248 had a wonderful relationship with theGirl Scouts and has collaborated with them to bring awareness to teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships to the girls they serve. Part of this effort included going into the local detention centers to provide presentations. To streamline the process of doing this the Girl Scouts urged Bobbi Sudberry to become a volunteer for the Juvenile Probation department. This required her to attend their Volunteer Orientation. While attending the orientation back in March, Bobbi saw a wonderful opportunity to further collaborate with the Department of Juvenile Probation through the very successful (98% success rate) Diversion program. The Diversion program is an option for juveniles that have committed 1st and 2nd misdemeanors and all status offenses, i.e., truancy, possession of tobacco, curfew violations. If the offender takes responsibility for the complaint, the matter can be handled outside the formal Court process. A consequence is given along with specific deadlines for completion. The consequence can be community restitution and victim restitution, and also include treatment oriented issues such as individual or family counseling. This is where Kaity's Way comes in.... We believe that all juveniles and the adults in their lives can benefit from attending one of our workshops. Therefore we offered our workshops as an option for the juveniles that opt for the Diversion program to be sent through.

This next part, confirms how great minds think alike. One of our volunteers at the time, Shelly Ward, who is now a board member, at nearly the same time saw an opportunity as well. So while Bobbi was trying to make the correct contacts with the Juvenile Probation Department. Shelly was doing the same from a different angle.

All in all their collective efforts paid off. Bobbi Sudberry eventually met with Cheryl Starkey, Probation Supervisor (East of Central) in May and they immediately agreed that they were on to something. Ms. Starkey invited Bobbi Sudberry to present the Kaity's Way program at the Juvenile Probation Division meeting on August 6, 2014. The synergy was remarkable. After the presentation one of the officers asked, "which juveniles should be referred to our program?" To which Bobbi answered, "All of them." Another questions was, "when can we start referring our juveniles to you?" Well the answer to that question was based on finding venues so that we can hold the workshops consistently. Here is where even more collaboration comes in. Thanks to LifeSkills High School on the west side and Ocotillo Library off Central and Southern, we are able to start taking referrals now for our first workshop at Ocotillo Library on September 20, 2014. We are also working on an east valley location to hold workshops as well.

The teamwork involved is absolutely phenomenal and greatly appreciated by all who participated to make this possible. Kaity's Way is honored to be able to participate in the Diversion program to help young people and the adults in their lives understand the issue of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.


Great People doing Wonderful Things!


Arrowhead Kiwanis - Team Rapaport Donation - Chip Bobbi Diana Michael Dawn Marie - Jul 24 2014

Left to right: Chip Kessler (Club President) Bobbi Sudberry (Kaity's Way), Diana Rosine (Kiwanis member and Kaity's Way Board Member), Michael & Dawn Marie Rappaport (Kiwanis Members and The Rapaport Team).

Great supporters and members of the Arrowhead Kiwanis Club, Michael & Dawn Marie Rapaport came up with an innovative way to help the Arrowhead Kiwanis club support the organizations they support, such as Kaity's Way. When an Arrowhead Kiwanis member, such as Diana Rosine, refers someone to them to buy or sell a house, upon closing the deal the Rapaports will donate $1,500 to the Arrowhead Kiwanis Club.

In addition, the Rapaports have extended this offer to Kaity's Way as well. So if you know of someone in the market to buy or sell a house, please refer them to The Rapaport Team and be sure to mention Kaity's Way.
Kiwanis Club
Want to help children all over the world? If so, check out your local Kiwanis Club. 

The Arrowhead Kiwanis Club, Peoria, Arizona since 2010 has been and continues to be a loyal and consistent supporter of Kaity's Way.

We are very Grateful to them and everything they do for us and their community!


Understanding Verbal Abuse                     (Part 4 of 4)

Recovery from Verbal Abuse
The psychological and emotional effects of verbal abuse are severe and can negatively affect many areas of an individual’s life, from their sense of confidence to relationships. To begin the recovery and healing process, people who have been victims of verbal abuse will need to take the proper steps. One of the first steps is to recognize and acknowledge the abuse for what it is. Additionally, a person must be able to place the blame where it belongs, which is on the abuser and not themselves. Often this requires the help of others, and the abused must be willing to seek out help. Help may come in the form of family or friends. Children who are victims of verbal bullying at school should seek out the help of parents or teachers. When the abuse occurs at home, help may come in the form of a teacher or a social worker. In severe cases of abuse of either adults or children, the help of a counselor or therapist is often necessary to aid in the recovery. Depending on the situation, a counselor can also help the victim learn how to set limits and ask for change if the relationship is an ongoing one. Also, if staying in a relationship with someone who has been verbally abusive, ask that he or she participate in counseling as well. Additionally, support group sessions with other victims of verbal abuse may also prove helpful to the recovery of some. In addition to therapy, there are certain self-help strategies that a person can take to aid their recovery. Keeping a journal to document emotions and thoughts is a positive way to express oneself about the abuse and the recovery process. Read self-help books on improving self-esteem. Being active and socializing with positive people can also help. It is important for people not to isolate themselves which may encourage depression and stress. By participating in positive activities and meeting new people, a person can make strides towards re-establishing his or her self-esteem and confidence.

This concludes this series on Understanding Verbal Abuse by Angela Lambert. If you would like to see the entire article and share it please click on this link provided above.


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Kaity's Way is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with various projects and events throughout the year. You can fill out and submit a volunteer application on line by clicking on the following link Volunteer Application.

 

Ideas on how you can help.......

 

Help us Bring Awareness

 

Are you a member of a PTA, PTO, PTSO or any group or organization that involves the welfare of children? If so, consider suggesting Kaity's Way speak at one of the meetings to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence as well as the need for Education in our schools.

 

Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Friend or follow us and when you see a posting or tweet from us SHARE for all of your friends.


Talk about us to anyone and everyone. If you would like brochures to have on hand, please let us know and we will get some to you.

 

Fundraising


Beginning August 1, 2014 Kaity's Way volunteers, participants and supporters can enroll or re-enroll their Fry’s V.I.P . Cards online at their secure website www.FrysCommunityRewards.com . As of September 1, 2014, another cycle of giving begins. Every time an enrolled participant shops at Fry’s using his or her registered Fry’s V.I.P. Card, Kaity's Way will earn funds. The card holders will still get their fuel points. 

How cool and easy is that!?!

Follow the instructions below to get started.......
PLEASE NOTE: Before you can link your Fry’s V.I.P card to
Kaity's Way, you must have an email address.

STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account
 **NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to #2
  • Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
  • Select ‘Create an Account’.
  • Under Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write down your email & password—will need it in step 2)
  • Select ‘Use Card Number’. *Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.
  • Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code.
  • Select ‘Find Stores’.
  • Choose your store then select ‘Create Account’. *You will then be prompted to check your email for a confirmation email. Click the hyperlink in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account. Continue to step #2 to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.

STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program
  • Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
  • Select ‘Sign-In’.
  • Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)
  • Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu.
  • Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
  • Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number 80082 or name of organization Kaity's Way then select ‘search’.
  • Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization
  • Then select ‘save changes’.
  • If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

Another opportunity and one of the simplest ways to raise funds for Kaity's Way only takes the stroke of a key. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine, select Kaity's Way and they'll donate a penny to Kaity's Way every time you do a search! They also have several other online opportunities to raise money for Kaity's Way by shopping, playing games, participating in surveys, booking online travel. For each transaction a percentage of the purchase will go to Kaity's Way


The web site is http://www.goodsearch.com. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.


Have a Home Party to raise funds for Kaity's Way. Many businesses, such as, True North Gold, Tupperware, Beauticontrol, Pampered Chef, CandleLite, Miche Bag and Cookie Lee have programs to fund raise for non-profit organizations. This is a fun way to get together with your friends and support a great cause.  


Conduct a used cell phone drive or recycle used ink cartridges from printers or copiers at your place of employment or with your friends and family. If interested give us a call and we will get you the supplies you need to set up.


 Amazon gives customers the option to select a non profit to receive .5% of any purchase upon checkout. At Smile.Amazon.com You can select Kaity's Way and shop away.



If you work for one of the following businesses you can choose to donate straight out your paycheck to Kaity's Way?
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  • Salt River Corporation
  • State of Arizona
  • American Express
For every dollar donated to Kaity's Way a member of the community receives all the literature and data needed to understand the issue of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. So if you work for either one of these companies or know someone who does, please consider Kaity's Way the next time open enrollment comes around.





Kaity's Way Board Members

 

Susan Guinn-Lahm, MA, CRC, LPC

Past Board Chair

Susan is a native of Ajo, AZ where she works as the Lead Behavioral Health Clinician at Desert Senita Community Health Center (DSCHC).  Susan provides general mental health counseling services, specializing in patients behavioral changes to compliment their medical treatment.

 


KellyAnn Bonnell

Board Chair

KellyAnn is a modern renaissance woman. She is a published author, an accomplished costume designer and is considered an expert in arts education. She is currently the Education & Outreach Director for Infinite Spectrum Productions where she oversees educational and mission driven projects for the company. She is listed on the Consultant Roster for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and was a 2011 nominee for the Arizona Governor's Arts Awards in Arts Education.


Ric Sudberry

Board Treasurer

Ric is the father of five children, PauPau to six grandchildren and a devoted husband. He served six years in the US Air Force as a Medical Technician.  Ric has an associates degree in accounting and currently works full time as an Assistant Store Manager at Home Depot in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren, he is an avid reader, watching football (Go Steelers!) and traveling.

 

Brandy Aguilar

Board Member

Brandy loves to tell stories. She is the Executive Producer/Multimedia Journalist for Health2Fit television show and website. Brandy has more than 15 years of newsroom experience. She covers all kinds of stories from weight loss, and sports health to the latest medical breakthroughs in Arizona and around the country. Brandy earned her degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. When not busy telling stories, she spends time with her family, travels, hikes, plays tennis and loves going to sporting events/concerts. Brandy completed the New York City Marathon and hopes another race may be on the horizon.


Diane Smith

Board Member/Marketing Committee Chair

Diane Smith is the Public Relations Manager for the Martz Parsons Marketing and Design. With a background in Public Relations and TV news, Smith has more than a decade of media experience under her belt. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from Arizona State University. She is the proud pet parent to three catsa nd even though her smart phone is usually within reach, when she is not officially "on the clock" she enjoys exercising, watching sports and spending time with friends and family.


Diana Rosine

Board Member

Diana Rosine was born in Port Huron, Michigan and lived most of her life in Michigan. She moved to Phoenix 7 years ago and has dedicated herself to helping other by becoming involved in the Kiwanis, Homeward Bound and Kaity's Way. Diana has a wonderful Fiance (Jack), two daughters and five grandchildren that live in Michigan and Ohio. She was recently awarded Kiwanina of the Year 2012-13 for her dedication to volunteerism and helping the children of the world.


Erika M. Lazenby

Board Member

Erika is the Director of Marketing Operations at Arizona State University-the largest public university in the country. She is responsible for the operations of university wide marketing efforts to more than 67,000 students in addition to faculty, parents and alumni.  Prior to joining Arizona State University, she held various positions in the Office of the Arizona Governor. Under the administration of Governors Jane D. Hull, Janet Napolitano and Janice K. Brewer, Ms. Lazenby directed the provision of services to Arizona constituents and navigated the complexities of Arizona politics. Ms. Lazenby’s personal interests include improving educational attainment, empowering women and strengthening the economy in Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona State and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public policy and public administration focusing on the convergence points of politics and economics.


Victoria Spencer

Board Member/Finance Committee Chair

Victoria Spencer provides tax compliance and consultation services to a wide variety of private clients.  She specializes in international tax compliance matters, yet also has experience in corporate tax planning, audit defense, tax accounting, and domestic compliance.  Victoria has practiced in the tax field for more than 12 years, including work in both the public and private sectors.  Victoria is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and licensed to practice as in-house counsel in the State of Arizona.  In addition to her tax work, she has significant experience in contract negotiations.Victoria is a Minnesota native and only recently became an Arizona resident in 2007. She enjoys running, road races, yoga and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her partner Jim Crane, his two children, Kaitlyn and JT, and their two dogs, Fozzie and Shammi.


Shelly Ward,

Board Member

Shelly Ward received a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a CCL in Forensic Investigation from Mesa Community College. After a thirteen-year career in IT, she decided to change direction and follow her calling. She became a Victim Advocate for the City of Mesa Prosecutors Office working directly with crime victims and acting as a liaison between prosecutors and victims to ensure that victims are empowered to exercise their rights in the criminal justice process. Shelly provides assistance to victims including domestic violence education, referrals and safety planning. Her goal is always to ensure that the people she works with are treated with kindness and respect throughout the process. Shelly is committed to educating teens about dating violence to enable them to make healthy relationship choices. Shelly actively collaborates with a number of community organizations such as the Avon Order of Protection Task Force and MESACan. Shelly is an active community volunteer donating time to organizations including Kaity’s Way, Maricopa County Juvenile Probation and The Arizona Museum of Natural History.



Please allow us to introduce you to
 Michael DiBenedetto
as the newest 
Kaity's Way  Board Member


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It is with great pleasure that Kaity's Way welcomes Michael DiBenedetto to the Kaity's Way family. Michael comes to us with a wealth of education and experience. No doubt he will make an impact in yet another way through Kaity's Way by joining the rest of the Board, Staff and Volunteers to take our services to yet another level.

Michael R. DiBenedetto is an Associate with Hallier & Lawrence PLC. Michael graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law and concentrated his Illinois-based practice in both family and business law. After relocating to Arizona in 2010, he developed a multi-state practice assisting divorcing parties and business owners. Prior to practicing law, Michael refined his legal research skills as a LexisNexis Associate, and assisted others in developing their own project management and research skills. Additionally, Michael spent many hours in the law school’s Taypayer Clinic, helping people overcome federal and state tax problems. Michael’s background also includes starting up a handful of small businesses that allowed him to acquire a unique perspective of the common problems faced by business owners and formulate strategies for overcoming those difficulties. That perspective also provides Michael with a special understanding of the dilemmas that business owners deal with in divorce. Admissions: Illinois State Bar 2006; Arizona State Bar 2012 Education: Chicago Illinois Kent College of Law (J.D., 2006); Northern Illinois University (B.S., 2000) Member: American Bar Association; Arizona State Bar Association; Maricopa County Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association



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Wish List

6' Folding Table

Folding Chairs

Laptops for presentations (refurbished okay)

Gas Cards

Reward points for hotel accommodations or airfare


Conference call speaker phone


Periodic use of a reliable conference line

 

Digital Video Camera


Color Laser Printer


Venues to hold Public Presentations of Kaity's Story


Office Space


Office Supplies

( Paper, Blue pocket folders, labels, envelopes, stamps, display stands, etc)


Items to Raffle off or put in a Silent Auction to raise funds


Wireless clip on microphone & speakers


Sponsors for:
Spanish Brochure
Kaity's Way Bracelets
Parent Booklets



What is on the Horizon

Be sure to check our website for additions and updates
www.kaitysway.org/events

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When
September 2, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Mesa, AZ

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When
September 3, 2014

What
Resource Table

Where
ASU Polytechnical Campus Tempe, AZ

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When
September 9, 2014

What
Resource Table

Where
Project Connect
Phoenix, AZ

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When
September 11, 2014

What
Presentation

Where
Girl Scouts Durango
Phoenix, AZ

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When
September 12, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Phoenix, AZ

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When
September 13, 2014

What
Presentation

Where
Streets of Success
Phoenix, AZ

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When
September 18, 2014

What
Presentation

Where
Girl Scouts SEF
Mesa, AZ
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When
September 20, 2014

What
KW Relationship Violence Diversion Workshop

Where
Ocotillo Library
Phoenix, AZ

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When
September 22, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
ACESDV & ACVS Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Victim Services Conference
Phoenix, AZ

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When
October 4, 2014

What
Resource Table

Where
Cactus Park
Phoenix, AZ

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When
October 6, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Phoenix, AZ
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When
October 7, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Mesa, AZ
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When
October 9, 2014

What
Resource Table

Where
Stand and Serve Day at the Capital
Phoenix, AZ

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When
October 9, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
Boys & Girls Club
Scottsdale, AZ

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When
October 11, 2014

What
KW Relationship Violence Diversion Workshop

Where
LifeSkills High School
Phoenix, AZ

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When
October 13-16, 2014

What
Presentation

Where
Tucson High School
Tucson, AZ

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When
October 18, 2014

What
KW Relationship Violence Diversion Workshop

Where
Ocotillo Library
Phoeinx, AZ

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When
October 23, 2014

What
Presentation

Where
AZDES Region I All Staff
Phoenix, AZ

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When
October 23, 2014

What
Presentation

Where
Washington High School
Phoenix, AZ

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When
October 25, 2014

What
Workshop

Where
Girls Day Out - Mohave County
Bullhead City, AZ


Kaity's Korner Staff

Miranda L. Birden
Creator & Editor

Bobbi Sudberry
Contributor & Editor

Please feel free to contact us if you should have any comments, questions or concerns regarding our newsletter.




Kaity's Way Contact
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 83494
Phoenix, AZ 85071
Email Address: 
kw08@kaitysway.org
Phone Number: 
(602) 740-2734
Tax ID #26-3442791



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