Each year, County Materials, through the Sonnentag Foundation, supports dozens of charitable organizations and causes that align with the foundation’s four focus areas: Hunger and Homelessness Support, Military Personnel and Veteran Support, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Assault Services, and Youth Mentoring and Skills Building. County Materials is proud to host an annual golf outing event, where all contributions are donated to organizations supported by the Sonnentag Foundation. Since the event started 14 years ago, more than $1.6 million have been donated to deserving programs in the communities where County Materials has locations.
Alternatives, Inc. is a Central Indiana organization that is driven to eradicate domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention. With the help of the Sonnentag Foundation, Alternatives, Inc. supported over 2,500 women and children last year as they fled abusive relationships.
Trained staff work with survivors to draft safety plans, arrange temporary housing, and provide the support and resources needed to successfully escape cyclical abuse. Children of survivors are also taken in and provided programming that focuses on establishing high self-esteem, increasing school performance, and educating on healthy relationship skills. The services Alternatives, Inc. offers are available and accessible to the public. When staff are not working one-on-one with clients, they lead profession trainings, community education sessions, dating violence prevention presentations, and workshops catered to both survivors and supporters.
Alternatives, Inc. helps women like “Briana” every day. It has been over one year since Briana broke free from the cycle of violence. She started to notice red flags when her abuser began blaming her for the abuse and accusing her of being the violent one. She would often face physical “punishment” when she tried to stand up for herself. The abuse got worse every time. She says, “He got to know my weaknesses and my strengths to use them against me in every way he could.” Under her abuser’s control, she was not allowed to work or reach out to her family. “He had me right where he wanted me – isolated, hopeless.”
She knew it was time to break free when her children started showing concerns for her safety. Once they were able to make their escape, they were determined to leave forever. Briana reflects, “All we left with that day were the clothes on our backs and borrowed time.”
Briana was connected with Alternatives’ Outreach Program. Their advocate helped her assess the danger of her situation, plan for her safety, and file a protective order. They helped with supportive services, and assisted Briana in navigating the justice system and other community resources. Briana now holds a management position. She and her children are doing very well and are about to move into a new home that will have a confidential address. Briana wants others to know that she “made the impossible possible” and “there is help and there is hope.”