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Stalking is a serious issue that can cause people physical and mental anguish. A stalker can make a person feel fearful with a pattern of unwanted behaviors, communication, and attention which leaves a person in a constant state of fear. By creating a sense of fear, a stalker can exert power over their victim and the behavior can even escalate to...
Human trafficking is not an issue that can be spotted very easily without some intentional observation. Individuals who are victimized by this crime are typically used for sex trafficking, labor trafficking, or both. People who are trafficked are modern-day slaves.  Individuals who are victims of human trafficking are typically used as forced sex...
Stalking is a serious concern for people of all backgrounds, demographics, cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic classes. While the criminal ramifications vary from state to state, stalking generally is any behavior that causes a person to feel fear. Stalking is not always violent, but is always a serious issue and can escalate over time.  How...
Every February, as a nation we celebrate Black History Month in order to commemorate the accomplishments and achievements of African-Americans.  Black History Month originated in 1915, 50 years after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery following the Civil War. A Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and a prominent...
here are certain points in our lives when the world, the people in it, and our circumstances place a great demand on our time, money, and energy. In order to handle whatever life throws at us, it’s important to take care of ourselves.  Self-care can take on a variety of forms. For some people, getting a manicure or pedicure is a great self-care...
Volunteers play an important role at OneEighty and help us accomplish our mission of helping people change direction. Volunteers impact our community by building social networks and raising awareness for an organization. Volunteering can also better you as an individual. People who volunteer their time and money often have lower mortality rates,...
Every year Human Rights Day is observed across the world in order to commemorate the drafting of the Universal Document of Human Rights. This is one of the most translated documents in the world and set out to define fundamental human rights that deserve universal protection.  Human Rights Day is acknowledged on December 10th every year. This was...
Caregivers are special individuals who selflessly give their time, energy, money, and so much more to help others who are suffering. Only other caregivers can relate to what they go through on a daily basis.  Here are some recommendations other caregivers have for caregivers.  “Try not to take things that are said personally” or “always report...
Caregivers are the people in our lives we turn to in times of need. But who do the caregivers turn to when they need help or words of encouragement? Individuals who take care of their sick family members or friends are caregivers. The job can be tough and full of turmoil on certain days. Being a caregiver is often a thankless job without fanfare....
On November 25 societies and governments around the world will celebrate Orange Day, a day aimed at educating citizens on the dangers of violence against women. The goal is to reduce violence towards women.  International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women has roots that go back decades.  The United Nations General Assembly in 1993...
In the twenty-first century, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community have made incredible strides towards acceptance and equality. But unfortunately, members of the LGBT community still remain a target of hatred and violence despite the impressive progress that has been achieved.  Many historians concluded that there...
Do you wonder whether your current relationship is a healthy one? Or do you worry about a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship? There are several signs to help identify unhealthy, abusive relationships before it’s too late.  One way to help identify if your partner is abusive is how they speak to you. Does your partner get...
Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate against people of different races, socio-economic status, or age. Unfortunately, domestic violence and relationship abuse goes unreported or is overlooked.  When people think of abusive relationships, they often focus on acts of physical violence. But abusive relationships can also...
Unfortunately, millions of Americans struggle with addictions to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. In some cases, there are individuals who struggle with all three substances.  Groups like OneEighty and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are working every day — especially in September where its National Recovery Month...
Recovery housing is a great resource for individuals who are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. It serves as a transitional living program for qualified individuals who are seeking to continue their sobriety on their road to recovery.  OneEighty, formerly known as STEPS at Liberty Center throughout the community, maintains five recovery...