Purchase a Memorial Brick to Help Support APC’s New Shelter and Office!

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The Abuse Prevention Council offers for purchase memorial bricks to honor your contribution, your loved one, or your memory of someone special. Your memorial brick purchase will provide support to APC’s new office and shelter and to its efforts to “serve as a bridge between being a victim to becoming a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness through the provision of safe shelter, advocacy, support services, and preventive education.”  We are using bricks provided by a North Carolina company in Winston-Salem, which…

“Since 1922, Pine Hall Brick has been a family owned business, as dependable and durable as its products, which have been used to build the homes, schools and public plazas where generations of Americans live, work and play. Made from dirt and water—the most abundant building materials on the planet—and made to last and maintain their rich, deep color for centuries, Pine Hall Brick products are the definition of sustainability. Pine Hall Brick is “Earth friendly, naturally green®.”

Each 4 X 8 inch brick paver is $100.00 and can include three lines of text with 20 characters per line (including punctuation and spaces).  The laser engraving technique ‘burns’ into the face of the brick creating a glass surface that is naturally black and completely permanent.

Download an APC memorial brick form now: APC MEMORIAL BRICK FORM

Please mail completed forms along with a check for the amount payable to:

Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council

PO Box 2589

Shelby, NC 28151



Check out APC’s New Online Shelter Gift Registry

   Would you like to help us decorate the bedrooms and living spaces in our new shelter? New rooms and more bed space means we need lots of new household items to help provide a warm and welcoming environment for the residents we will serve. Visit our online shelter gift registry and help us get ready for our upcoming move. Building hope is just a few clicks away!

Building Hope! Watch our Original Video from 2012!

Donate to Our Shelter Project on GoFundMe!

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          We are very close to reaching our goal of building a wonderful new shelter in Cleveland County, NC for serving women and children  who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness! Help us “build hope” by visiting our GoFundMe page and donating to our building campaign!


Denim Day is April 29th, 2015: Join us for a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk!

Want to show support for survivors of rape and sexual assault in a unique way during Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Join us in recognizing Denim Day on Wednesday, April 29th by taking part in a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk around the court square in uptown Shelby! Here’s the who, what, when, where, and why?

Who can celebrate Denim Day?: Anyone can! Just choose to wear jeans or something denim on Wednesday, April 29th!

What are we doing? We are asking residents of Cleveland County to join us in walking 1,950 laps around the court square! Why 1,950? That’s how many reported incidents of sexual assault there were in North Carolina during the last year for which we have statistics.

When is the walk?: April 29th, 2015 from 11am until 2pm. You can come at anytime during those 3 hours, though! Stop by with your coworkers on your lunch break or drop in while you are out running an errand!

Where is is it?: It’s on the old court square in uptown Shelby! We’ll be starting from the corner of Warren and Lafayette St.

Why participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Walk?: Because it’s a way to show your support for survivors of rape and sexual assault while also taking a stand against victim blaming attitudes! Please join us and advocates all around the world on April 29th, 2015 as we wear our jeans and other denim clothing items proudly to show support for victims and survivors and to take a stand (and a walk!)


Take a Look at Our New Shelter

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     Here is a sneak preview of what the Abuse Prevention Council’s new shelter will look like!  Thanks to Talley & Smith Architecture we have this wonderful rendering of what we can expect once it is completed. We’re breaking ground on April 1st, 2014 (and that’s no prank!) and we’re very excited to see this dream finally become a reality!


$15,000 Verizon Grant to Fund Teen Dating Violence Prevention Efforts in Shelby


$15,000 Verizon Grant to Fund Teen Dating Violence Prevention Efforts in Shelby


The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council Plans Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Activities Aided by Verizon Foundation Donation.


SHELBY, N.C.—The Verizon Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council for teen dating violence prevention initiatives. The nonprofit’s programs will kick off in February, the month nationally designated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month[1].


“Studies have found 30-50 percent of teen relationships are abusive in some aspect, with physical aggression occurring in one third of teen romantic relationships,” said Cathy Robertson, executive director of Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council. “We appreciate the Verizon Foundation and its generous grant that allows us to continue the work of protecting teens through preventative education on dating violence and healthy relationships. These funds will help us engage teens and work with teachers, counselors, youth leaders and parents in our community.”


“The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council’s programs positively impact the lives of teens, and we are thrilled to partner with them to make a difference in Shelby,” said Julie Smith, vice president of external affairs for Verizon’s South Area. “The Verizon Foundation invests in organizations that effectively educate and raise awareness of relationship violence issues, and our goal is to fund efforts that prevent the cycle of abuse from continuing.”


The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council offers presentations on healthy relationships, relationship “red flags” and resources for getting help. The nonprofit can customize programs to fit various environments at schools, clubs or other youth organizations.


For more information on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month activities in Shelby, visit APCouncil.wordpress.com.



Media Contact: Karen Schulz | 864.987.2006 | karen.schulz@verizonwireless.com


About Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council

The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council provides 24 hour, seven day a week crisis line services, shelter, court advocacy, Crisis Companion, case management, and individual and group counseling services for victims of domestic violence, rape or sexual assault; and shelter, case management and supportive housing for homeless women and children. For more information, visit www.apcouncil.wordpress.com.

About the Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org ; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).


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