Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Westside

March 11, 2014

Beacon of Hope continues to grow

Terry Moore is excited about the direction Beacon of Hope is moving and wants people to know all about it.

Moore is executive director of Beacon of Hope, a domestic violence center serving the west side of Indianapolis.

“Beacon of Hope is really blooming,” Moore said. “We have so much good news and events coming up. Last year ended on a great note with a very successful purse auction. We had the largest attendance with 192 people and we raised $31,000.”

The event was held in November at the Martin House. It was emceed by Channel 13 personality Chuck Lofton and the keynote speaker was Debbie Norris who lost her daughter to domestic violence.

The organization is already planning for the seventh annual purse auction, this year set for Nov. 8. Registration for the event will begin May 1.

“We also have a new partnership with a local church,” she said. “The church wishes to remain anonymous but held a guest speaker for us and collected a $11,000 love offering for Beacon of Hope.”

She said the center is now working with the church’s congregation on any domestic violence issue that may arise.

“Also in December, we had Jaquy Yngvason, a culinary producer from the Food Stylist Network, fly in and be the guest chef at our annual Christmas party for our clients and their children,” Moore said. “The Beacon of Hope staff and volunteers provided games and prizes for the event and we had so much fun.”

The center was able to hire a part-time victim advocate, Marta Bell, through a federal grant. Bell is a retired police officer who worked in the domestic violence division.

“She comes with much experience and passion to help all of our clients in need,” Moore said. “We have her for 20 hours a week.”

The organization’s adolescent program, Teen Talk, is also rapidly growing.

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