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Mirror - Thursday, October 20, 2016 7 < O by Mary Duff Mirror Staff With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, one local nonprofit, the Nevada Outreach and Training Organization (NOTO), has two fundraisers planned to help benefit its No to Abuse program. "No to Abuse has been in existence for over 20 years serving victims of domestic violence," ex- plained NOTO Executive Director Salli Kerr. No to Abuse offers community members who have been victims of domestic violence a myriad of ser- vices including safety planning, emergency shelter, relocation assistance, case management, temporary protection order assistance, court accompaniment, clothing and household items as well as "counseling. "We provide advocacy in the court to help give vic- tims a voice and to help them know that they don't have to go through the process alone," Kerr told The Mirror. No to Abuse Program Manager Jossy Quezada de- tailed that each client who wishes to' remove them- selves from a situation of domestic violence will un- dergo a safety plan. This safety plan helps to guide case managers on the appropriate procedure to re- move the victim from danger. Quezada said that the safety plan helps to determine whether a victim will stay with a family member or needs to be placed in the emergency shelter.. "Currently there are three women and six children staying in the emergency shelter," explained Quezada. "From April to Jurie there were over 400 nights of shelter," Quezada disclosed. During this same period No to Abuse served 52 clients with 38 of these indi- viduals being new clients. Kerr explained that each client usually takes hours upon hours of case man- agement. "It is important that we are here for the cli- ent and meet them where they are with no judgement. Typically, it takes about seven touches with a case manager before the victim is prepared to break the cycle," informed Kerr. 'fAll the services that are offered in Pahrump are also offered in Tonopah, except the emergency shel- ter," Kerr explained. Currently Quezada's caseload is about 30 to :40 cli- ents but this continues to grow. She said she believes the heavier caseload is due to a better referral system. According to Kerr, Quezada has a presence about her that can be seen when she is around victims of do- mestic violence, almost as if a blanket of comfort is wrapped around them. "There have been more com- munity partners referring clients to us," said Queza- da. Also, No to Abuse is in the process of partnering with the Nye County Sheriff's Office in order to get an advocate on the scene of a 911 call that involves domestic violence. Nationally, one in four women and one in seven men are estimated to have been victims of severe physical domestic violence according to NOTO. In order to help support the services provided by No to Abuse there will be two fundraisers over this upcoming weekend. There will be a Celebrity Auc- tion, which is set for Friday, October 21 as well as a Free food business start up workshop The University of Ne- vada Cooperative Exten- sion will host a Starting a Food Business in Nevada workshop at the NyECC. The event will take place today, October 20 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Fri- day, October 21 from 8:30 a.ml to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call Holly Gatze at (775) 962-1300 to register. Supplies Drive set for Saturday, October 22. The Celebrity Auction will begin Friday at 6 p.m. in the Pahrump Nugget Event Center. Tickets can be purchased for $5 the day of the event. There will be an hour of no-host cocktails before the local celebri- ties are auctioned off at 7 p.m. Pahrump's celebrities include judges, commissioners, local business own- ers and other prominent community members. Each individual who is being auctioned off comes with a complete package of services. The owner of Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Doug Dubin, will be one of the local celebrities being auctioned off. Kerr said his pack- age includes dinner for six, a $100 gift certificate and a limited edition cookbook, hat and apron. Overall, there are about 22 local celebrities ready to be auc- tioned off at the Celeb- rity Auction. "This will be the third Celebrity Auction fundraiser. However, the last one was about five years ago in 2011 ," explained Kerr. She con- tinued to state that these fundraisers were a lot of fun and very successful in the past. Additionally, there will be a donation drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at Smith's Food and Drug. No to Abuse is request- ing donations of bed lin- ens, pillows, blankets, towels, deodorant, body soap, feminine products, toothbrushes, combs, laundry detergent, dish detergent, cleaning sup- plies, diapers of all sizes, baby wipes and canned We Consistently Beat ALL Competitors! Mobile Solar Generators Starting at $1,299 Well Kits, Refrigeration Standby Units foods. This donation drive is ongoing through the month of October with drop-off locations at Ne- vada State Bank, NyE Communities Coalition, No to Abuse, Pahrump Valley Winery, E1 Jefe's Restaurant and the Valley Electric Association Inc. Pahrump of- rice. "People can help us through many different ways, such as money or donations, but the best way some- one can help us is helping a victim to speak out. If anybody knows of someone who is a victim of do- mestic violence, help them make that first step and get connected to us," encouraged Kerr. The number for NOTO is (775) 751-1118. 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