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Full Steam Ahead
3rd Oct


Full Steam Ahead

This has been a huge week for Coburn Place and domestic violence survivors in Indiana and beyond! We have teamed up with HopeLine by Verizon Wireless and the Indianapolis Colts to host a cell phone collection drive in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Phones will be refurbished and given to survivors or sold with money being channeled to DV agencies, including Coburn Place, to provide life-changing services and housing to victims.

Verizon and the Colts have pledged $20,000 to support Coburn Place, but we need you to donate your phones and keep the program going. Find a box near you or bring your phone to the Colts vs. Bengals game on 10/19.14. Cheerful volunteers from Verizon and Charles Schwab will be there to take them off your hands.

A press conference was held at the Farm Bureau Football Center to announce the initiative. Speakers included Coburn Place Executive Director, Julia Kathary; Coburn Place graduate, Juana Tyler and Regional President for Verizon Wireless, Lauren Love-Wright. We got an extra boost and national attention from Colts Tight End, Dwayne Allen, when he shared his emotional story of the domestic abuse suffered by his mother and family.

With more and more people taking a stand against domestic violence, we are going full steam and ahead and winning. Thank you for being an advocate for survivors and their families!

Photo credits: Alan Petersime. Provided by Verizon Wireless.


 Catch Up on all of the Media Buzz

Read USA TODAY’s coverage, including quotes from Julia:

“Colts join push to help domestic violence victims”

“Colts’ Dwayne Allen shares experience witnessing domestic violence”

Watch video of Allen sharing his story from Mark Montlieth, ESPN.COM:

“Violence personal for Dwayne Allen”

Our partners at FOX59 shared this coverage:

“Colts Dwayne Allen speaks passionately about stopping domestic violence”

Watch a great video from Jeremy Brilliant, WTHR Reporter, including what having a Verizon HopeLine phone means to one of our residents.

“Colts call on donations for domestic violence victims”

• Bob Kravitz, WTHR Sports, shared his thoughts on Dwayne Allen’s involvement.

“Kravitz: Colts’ Allen steps forward in fight to stop domestic violence”

Sports blogger, The Blue Mare, shared high praise for the Colts’ involvement in the issue.

“Colts Kick Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with More Than a Ribbon


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