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LifeHouse Link - Fall 2016

posted Nov 1, 2016, 11:46 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman

Find out what's happening at LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center.

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The CSI Effect...
In the field of child sexual abuse, we constantly battle many societal myths and stereotypes. Our job at LifeHouse is not only to be there for the child who is in crisis, but also to help educate the public to understand what happens when a child is abused, and that your favorite police crime TV show is not reality.

We hear: "Well the offender was most likely abused when he was young, so he probably couldn't help it." 
Did you know? Research shows us that it could be as low at 25-30% of child sex offenders who were actually abused themselves as children. If they had been abused as a child or not, it is never okay to abuse a child.
We hear: "She didn't tell on him right away, she must have liked it."
Did you know? It is very normal for a child who is being abused to not tell anyone right away.  The myriad of emotions for a child or teen who is experiencing abuse can be overwhelming. The perpetrator has usually already been grooming that child to lessen the chance of her disclosing, though coercion, blame or manipulation.
We hear: She doesn't have any injuries, genital trauma, fluids from the perpetrator, etc. so she must be lying.
Did you know? Child sex offenders want to continue the sexual abuse of the child, therefore they are far more likely to not injure the child. As sex offenders groom their victims, they are convincing the child that the abuse is okay, normal, feels good, and they confuse their victims by connecting the abuse to "attention," "love," "affection," or "being grown up." For children from broken homes or stressed out families, those things may be missing in their lives. Child sex offenders abuse in secret, making sure not to leave injuries or fluids for which the child may seek help.

You can help keep kids safe and LifeHouse can help you!


 

A record amount of money was raised for LifeHouse at the 4th Annual Dueling Pianos event on Saturday, September 24th!  Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored, volunteered and supported this event, LifeHouse is able to continue much needed programs for children in crisis in our community.
We weathered a downpour that night, but we were thrilled to see so many people dancing and enjoying themselves as we raised funds and awareness about a serious problem facing kids today!  Special thanks to our Grand Piano Sponsor, the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and to our emcee for the night, Brooke Lennington.

We were also excited to unveil our new LifeHouse video to kick off the evening.  Thanks to MotoVike Films, Det. Palmberg, Det. McLaughlin, Kyle, Jacob, and Daisy for helping us put it together.   You can see it for yourself here.


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Come learn about sex offenders and learn new ways to identify how they manipulate families and communities. Nationally 300,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported every year, with fewer than 5% of child victims ever telling anyone.  Few offenders are ever caught because they work extremely hard to   rehearse their defense as well as silence and seduce their victims. You can help prevent child abuse!

 


 

Congratulations!

It pays off to support LifeHouse! For 21 years, the Sertoma Clubs of Topeka have organized the Great Topeka Duck Race. Ducks are adopted and then dropped into Lake Shawnee for the race. The funds raised go to many great organizations all across our area, including LifeHouse, and the folks who adopted the ducks can win lots of great prizes. This year, we are excited to announce that a LifeHouse duck adopted by longtime volunteer Pat Shehi won a 1983 Ford Mustang convertible!  Congratulations Pat!

Thank you to everyone who adopted ducks to support Sertoma and LifeHouse.  We truly appreciate all of your support!

 


Upcoming Events:


Monday, November 14
Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters
Free workshop at the Topeka Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm
 

 


 

 


 


LifeHouse Staff: 

Kelly Durkin
Executive Director 

Jill Shehi Chapman 
Program Director/ 
Forensic Interviewer 


Lane McNeil
Family Advocate

Board of Directors: 

Jim Garrison President
Barb Nemec Dominguez President Elect
Kevin Kongs Treasurer
Michael Bush Secretary 
Lisa Fulbright Immediate Past President

Members at Large:
Gail Alderson
Lou Allen
Tanya Arévalo Bingham
Julie Clanton 
Tamera Crider
Evan Fisher 
Steve Johnson
Janet Rinehart
Ed Serrano

Have you signed up your Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card?  At no extra cost to you, your purchases will benefit LifeHouse! Last year, LifeHouse received $1029.69 all thanks to YOU! (If you signed up in 2015, you will still need to sign up again for 2016.) It’s so easy!


1. Go to www.dillons.com/communityrewards

2. Sign In OR Create an Account

3. Fill out the boxes and click on “ENROLL NOW”
4. Search for "LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center" or search 13830 (LifeHouse’s assigned number) and click “ENROLL”

5. At the bottom of the receipt, you will see “At your request, Dillons is donating to LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center”!


Tell your friends, family and co-workers about the Dillons Community Rewards Program! Thank you very much for your support.

 


 

 


 

Incorporated November 5th, 1999; 501(c)(3)

Our mailing address is:
LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center
303 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 2
Topeka, KS  66603

785-232-5433  (phone)
785-232-5434  (fax)

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LifeHouse Link - Summer 2016

posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:37 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman

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Come learn about sex offenders and learn new ways to identify how they manipulate families and communities. Nationally 300,000 cases of child sexual abuse are reported every year, with fewer than 5% of child victims ever telling anyone.  Few offenders are ever caught because they work extremely hard to   rehearse their defense as well as silence and seduce their victims.
You can help prevent child abuse!

 


 


Join us for the 4th Annual Dueling Pianos event to benefit LifeHouse and child victims in our community!

This is a high energy, unique piano concert. There will be comedy, audience interaction and lots of fun! Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, silent auctions, raffle prizes, door prizes and more!

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S Kansas Ave in Topeka.
- Doors open at 7:00pm
- Pianos begin at 8:00pm
- Tickets are $30 each.

Contact LifeHouse for tickets or purchase tickets online at http://lifehouse.brownpapertickets.com/
A limited number of reserved tables is available for groups of 8 or more. Call LifeHouse for details.

Watch for more information on LifeHouse's website and Facebook page!

 


 

Thank you!

The 22nd Annual LifeHouse Golf Tournament at Lake Shawnee Golf Course was a HUGE success!  Thanks to our loyal supporters, we raised a record amount of money to benefit LifeHouse and child victims in our community.  Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. We make a difference in children's lives because of YOU. And special thanks to Guy & Janet Rinehart, Carlos O' Kelly's and Hooters for feeding everyone again! 

 


 


Upcoming Events:


Monday, August 1
Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters
Free workshop at the Topeka Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm

Saturday, September 24
4th Annual Dueling Pianos
Fundraiser to benefit LifeHouse.  Get tickets at http://lifehouse.brownpapertickets.com/


Monday, November 14
Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters
Free workshop at the Topeka Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm
 

 


 

 


 


LifeHouse Staff: 

Kelly Durkin
Executive Director 

Jill Shehi Chapman 
Program Director/ 
Forensic Interviewer 


Lane McNeil
Family Advocate

Board of Directors: 

Jim Garrison President
Barb Nemec Dominguez President Elect
Kevin Kongs Treasurer
Michael Bush  Secretary 
Lisa Fulbright Immediate Past President

Members at Large:
Gail Alderson
Lou Allen
Tanya Arévalo Bingham
Julie Clanton 
Tamera Crider
Evan Fisher 
Steve Johnson
Janet Rinehart
Ed Serrano

Have you signed up your Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card?  At no extra cost to you, your purchases will benefit LifeHouse! Last year, LifeHouse received $1029.69 all thanks to YOU! (If you signed up in 2015, you will still need to sign up again for 2016.) It’s so easy!


1. Go to www.dillons.com/communityrewards

2. Sign In OR Create an Account

3. Fill out the boxes and click on “ENROLL NOW”
4. Search for "LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center" or search 13830 (LifeHouse’s assigned number) and click “ENROLL”

5. At the bottom of the receipt, you will see “At your request, Dillons is donating to LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center”!


Tell your friends, family and co-workers about the Dillons Community Rewards Program! Thank you very much for your support.

 

 


 

Incorporated November 5th, 1999; 501(c)(3)

Our mailing address is:
LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center
303 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 2
Topeka, KS  66603

785-232-5433  (phone)
785-232-5434  (fax)

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LifeHouse Link - Spring 2016

posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:27 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 1:34 PM ]

Find out what's happening at LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center.

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It’s been a great start to 2016! The dedication and commitment shown by volunteers, board members, donors and supporters keeps LifeHouse going strong to serve child victims in our community. During this first quarter, LifeHouse staff provided services to 69 children and 58 caregivers, provided education and outreach to four community groups and the LifeHouse Forensic Interviewer testified in three court cases.  LifeHouse Volunteers were also busy helping with our March St. Patrick’s Day Food Sale fundraiser. During the parade, held on March 12, LifeHouse sold breakfast and lunch items throughout the morning to float entrants and parade goers and raised over $1,000 to help us serve child victims of sexual abuse, extreme physical abuse and children who witness violent crime.
Thank you to everyone who participated!

-Kelly Durkin, Executive Director

Show Us Your Selfie for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Back by popular demand, LifeHouse is having another Selfie Campaign to help raise awareness about the fight against child abuse. Send us your pictures wearing blue, holding a blue pinwheel, or holding a sign with #LHChildAbusePrevention. Don't forget to tag LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center and add the hashtag.

We will draw one winner at random and one winner for the most creative selfie at the end of the month. We have seen blue pinwheels at Dillons and Dollar Tree or stop by LifeHouse and pick up a blue pinwheel from us! Can't wait to see your pictures!

 


 

22nd Annual LifeHouse Golf Tournament!

We have moved our tournament to Lake Shawnee Golf Course this year! 

Registration is $340 per foursome/$85 per person and includes greens fees, carts, lunch, prizes, player gifts, refreshments and more! Golf teams are filling up fast, first come, first served! Contact us today to check for availability. Longtime sponsor
Carlos O’ Kelly’s will be served at the after party again.

Sponsor and Donor opportunities are still available to let the community know you support child victims of abuse! 

You can find Team Registration Forms, Sponsor Forms and Donor forms at www.lifehousecac.com. Don’t hesitate to contact LifeHouse for more information about this awesome Golf Tournament and get registered today! 

 


 


Upcoming Events:


Friday, April 8 
Wear Blue for Kids Day
Wear blue to show your support for the fight against child abuse.


Saturday, April 23
Bridge to Bridge 5K Run/Walk in Downtown Topeka!  Proceeds to benefit LifeHouse!  Sign up here.

Friday, May 20 
22nd Annual LifeHouse Golf Tournament at Lake Shawnee Golf Course.  More info at www.lifehousecac.com

Tuesday, June 7
Topeka Gives 
Mark your calendars for this one day opportunity to donate to your favorite charity and have your donation matched by the Topeka Community Foundation.  More info here.


Saturday, September 24
4th Annual Dueling Pianos 
Save the date!

 


 

 


 


LifeHouse Staff: 

Kelly Durkin
Executive Director 

Jill Shehi Chapman 
Program Director/ 
Forensic Interviewer 


Lane McNeil
Family Advocate

Board of Directors: 

Lisa Fulbright President
Jim Garrison President Elect
Kevin Kongs Treasurer
Barb Dominguez  Secretary 
Ed Serrano Immediate Past President

Members at Large:
Lou Allen
Gail Alderson
Tanya Arévalo Bingham
Michael Bush
Julie Clanton 
Tamera Crider 
Barb Dominguez
Evan Fisher 
Steve Johnson
Janet Rinehart
Frank Ross

Have you signed up your Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card?  At no extra cost to you, your purchases will benefit LifeHouse! Last year, LifeHouse received $1029.69 all thanks to YOU! (If you signed up in 2015, you will still need to sign up again for 2016.) It’s so easy!


1. Go to www.dillons.com/communityrewards

2. Sign In OR Create an Account

3. Fill out the boxes and click on “ENROLL NOW”
4. Search for "LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center" or search 13830 (LifeHouse’s assigned number) and click “ENROLL”

5. At the bottom of the receipt, you will see “At your request, Dillons is donating to LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center”!


Tell your friends, family and co-workers about the Dillons Community Rewards Program! Thank you very much for your support.

 


 

 


 

Incorporated November 5th, 1999; 501(c)(3)

Our mailing address is:
LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center
303 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 2
Topeka, KS  66603

785-232-5433  (phone)
785-232-5434  (fax)

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Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters

posted Sep 29, 2015, 10:20 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Oct 6, 2015, 12:30 PM ]

LifeHouse is very excited to partner with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and the Topeka Police Department to start presenting "Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters" at local elementary schools again for the 2015-2016 school year!

Since bringing this program to Shawnee County in August 2014, nearly 500 parents/caregivers, professionals, and other members of the community have been educated in new ways to identify and prevent child abuse. We hope to be able to present this to all schools in the county, so keep an eye out for notices coming home in backpacks!

Check here or on LifeHouse's Facebook page for upcoming presentations and let us know if you have a school or an organization you would like us to come out to. As always, don't hesitate to contact LifeHouse with any questions!  785-232-5433 or
cac@lifehousecac.com

Pizza, drinks, and child care will be provided in order to make it super easy for parents and caregivers to attend.

Presentations listed below are open to all members of the community.  The workshop incorporates interviews with convicted sex offenders and graphic discussions about sex crimes and child abuse.  Children and teens should not attend the presentation but child care will be available. Attendees with a personal history of abuse are encouraged to have support people available following the presentation.
Presentations:
  • Tuesday, October 20th, 2015:  Wanamaker Elementary Gym
    • Doors will open at 5:30pm, Presentation is scheduled for 6:00-8:00pm
  • Monday, October 26th, 2015:  Avondale West
    • Doors will open at 5:30pm, Presentation is scheduled for 6:00-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015:  Auburn Elementary
    • Doors will open at 5:30pm, Presentation is scheduled for 6:00-8:00pm
  • Wednesday 4th. 2015 at Bishop Elementary
    • Doors will open at 5:30pm, Presentation is scheduled for 6:00-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 10th, 2015:  Meadows Elementary
    • Doors will open at 5:30pm, Presentation is scheduled for 6:00-7:30pm

2015 Golf Tournament Scores

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:32 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman

LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center

21st Annual Golf Tournament Scores

May 22nd, 2015

 

1st Flight

Kendall/McKinley/Cooper/Smith                59         1st place

Hesseltine/Johnson/Spangler/Woodward    62          2nd place

Fulton/Engler/McCrabb/Kuhn                    62          3rd place

Kongs/Kongs/Minihan/Evans                     63

Feyh/Feyh/Stewart/Kline                            63

Fisher/North/Bohannon/Taylor                   63

Durkin/Durkin/Caler/Durkin                      64

Robinson/Shaneyfelt/Berry/Barker             64

Johnson/Mroz/Hornbaker/Adkins               65

Crawford/Clark/Sherman/Finlay                 65

Calhoun/Calhoun/Habig/Ploter                    67

Skiles/Shandler/Molina/Holman                  68

Currie/Foster/Bauer/Noble                           68

Alderson/Schwartz/Brazil/Menke                68

Schneweis/Bradshaw/Brown/Devin             68

 

2nd Flight

Willman/Smith/Koelzer/Rupp                       69        1st place

Ludolph/Williams/Titsworth/Ludolph           70        2nd place

Streff/Streff/Rosenow/Rosenow                    70        3rd place

Williams/Wilson/Foster/Thomas                    71

Berg/Ladd/Geier/McLaughlin                        71

Robinson/Presgrove/Tregemba/Anderson      72

Stults/Chafee/Bernard/Adams                        72

Crume/Plankey/Smith/Hill                              72

Palmberg/Volle/Warren/Fox                            72

Serrano/Kolbaba/Ross/Benaka                        73

Hoskins/Maue/Kingsien/Domingo                  73

Riley/Lenahan/Regenold                                 74

 

Mixed Flight

Cain/McFarland/McFarland/McFarland         59        1st place

Plush/Liby/Carl/Worchester                            65        2nd place

Stultz/Tetuan/McCrabb/Fry                             66

Dominguez/Dominguez/Crider/Crider            66

Dittman/Dittman/Simmons/Thompson           66

Smith/Smith/Streeter                                       67      

Topeka Gives 2015!

posted May 11, 2015, 8:46 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman

LifeHouse is excited to participate in Topeka Gives for the 3rd year in a row! We are super excited to see everyone stop by our booth at Fairlawn Mall again this year so we can tell you about what services LifeHouse has been providing this year and what we have planned for the future.  Hope to see you out there!


Topeka Gives FAQ

What is Topeka Gives? A one-day event, celebrating charitable giving. The Topeka Community Foundation will provide $56,500.00 in “match” money for contributions made to support 130+ different nonprofit organizations in the community.

When is Topeka Gives? From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Rain or shine!

Where is Topeka Gives? Inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall – 21st and Fairlawn.

How and where do I donate? Contributions made by check, cash or credit card will be accepted inside Fairlawn Plaza Mall – the event will be held rain or shine.

Should I bring my children with me to Topeka Gives? Yes! Many of the nonprofit organizations will have kid-friendly, hands-on activities. In addition to having fun, you can model the joy of charitable giving to your children.

Which nonprofit organizations are participating? 130+ different nonprofit organizations are participating. A full listing can be found at www.topekacommunityfoundation.org

Is there a minimum or maximum donation amount? There is a $25 minimum gift. While there is no maximum gift amount … matching funds will be awarded to the first $1,000.00 of each donor’s contribution. There also is a limit of 5 agencies per donor contribution.

Can I mail in my donation? No. Contributions must be made in person at Fairlawn Plaza Mall that day.

Can I make my donation online? No. This is an in-person event and contributions must be made in person at Fairlawn Plaza Mall that day.

What methods of payment can I use? Cash, Check and Credit Card are welcomed.

How will my gift be matched? Through Topeka Gives, the Topeka Community Foundation is offering a $56,500.00 pro-rated match and NOT a dollar-for-dollar match … The match percentage will be calculated as follows: $56,500.00/Total Gifts Raised = Match Percentage for each gift. 100% of your gift plus the Foundation’s match will be passed on to the organization(s) you select on your contribution form.

To whom should my check be made payable? Checks should be made payable to the Topeka Community Foundation and should accompany a contribution form outlining the nonprofit organization(s) being credited with your contribution. Forms will be available on the Foundation’s web site at www.topekacommunityfoundation.org and will be provided at the event.

Can I make a donation to more than one organization? Yes. There is a $25 minimum and your donation, provided it meets the $25 minimum per organization, can support up to 5 organizations.

What percentage of my donation will the organization receive?  100% of your gift will go to your selected organization(s). We do not know and can not estimate what the match percentage will be. Through Topeka Gives, the Topeka Community Foundation offers a $56,500.00 pro-rated match (and NOT a dollar-for-dollar match). The match percentage will be calculated as follows: $56,500.00/Total Gifts Raised = Match Percentage for each gift.

Can my gift be private? Yes, you can choose for your gift to be made anonymously.

Is my gift tax deductible? Yes, your gift is 100% tax deductible as allowable by law.

Who can I contact for more information? For additional information, contact the Topeka Community Foundation at 785-272-4804.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

posted Apr 10, 2015, 2:20 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman


Spring 2015 LifeHouse Link

posted Apr 9, 2015, 10:44 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman

Click on the link below to check out the latest LifeHouse Link to see what LifeHouse has been up to and what is coming up next. 

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Winter 2014 LifeHouse Link!

posted Dec 15, 2014, 7:55 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 7:58 AM ]

Click on the link below to check out the latest LifeHouse Link to see what LifeHouse has been up to and what is coming up next. 
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or
comments you may have. 
Thank you so much for your continued support throughout the year.  We couldn't serve child victims in this community without your dedicated kindness!

Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters

posted Oct 17, 2014, 8:13 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 8:19 AM ]

LifeHouse is very excited to partner with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and the Topeka Police Department to present the new program, Protecting Your Children: Advice From Child Molesters in the Topeka and Shawnee County communities. 

We will be educating parent/caregivers, professionals and other members of the community in new ways to identify and prevent child abuse. We hope to be able to present this to all schools in the county, so keep an eye out for notices coming home from school!

Pizza, drinks and child care will be provided in order to make attending super easy for parents and caregivers.

Presentations listed below are open to all members of the community.  The workshop incorporates interviews with convicted sex offenders and graphic discussions about sex crimes and child abuse.  Children and teens should not attend the presentation but child care will be available. Attendees with a personal history of abuse are encouraged to have support people available following the presentation.

Scheduled Presentations:
  • Thursday, October 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm at Seaman High School in the Commons Area
  • Wednesday, November 12th, 6:00-8:00pm at Wanamaker Elementary
  • Thursday, December 4th, 6:00-8:00pm at Randolph Elementary
  • Tuesday, February 24th, 6:00-8:00pm at Lowman Hill Elementary


*At no time will sex offenders be present


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