The Starting Point Golf Tournament at the North Conway Country Club August 19 is the Meister’s and Friends Summer Reunion to celebrate the life of Jody Buzzell a beloved Meister and community member and to bring awareness to domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking in Carroll County.
With many fundraisers cancelled this year Starting Point is hopeful for the success of this year’s tournament and expects to raise over $6,000 to support on-going work with victims and children. Work that has increased since the COVID 19 outbreak.
Besides fundraising, COVID 19 has created additional challenges for crisis intervention work, including reaching out for help. In response, Starting Point launched a new on line resource in April to address the issues of limited access due to quarantining. In addition to the 800 number, victims can reach an advocate by logging on to rc.chat/sp. Like the support line this service is confidential.
The additional stress of enforced isolation and economic slowdown on families already at risk for domestic violence has caused worldwide increase in violence against women and children. Starting Point has experienced a significant increase in calls and services needed for Carroll County and for the influx of visitors seeking refuge in our community from quarantining.
In spite of the shutdown of courts and the limited access to hospitals we have continued to provide full services to victims whether virtually or in person at our courts, hospitals and where ever needed.
If you would like to learn more about supporting Starting Point’s work please contact [email protected].
Victims and survivors can reach an advocate at 800.336.3795 24/7 or by logging on to rc.chat/sp M-F 8 – 4pm.
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