COPE’s mission statement is “To support the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse.” The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of COPE share a strong commitment to increasing public awareness of domestic violence and providing a protective environment for victims and their children. In providing for the emergency needs of people we will not discriminate for any reason including but not limited to the distinctions of race, religion, national origin, sex, handicapping conditions, or age.
At COPE, Inc., we offer so much more than a safe and secure shelter for women and children. We provide resources and assistance to men, provide court support services for victims of crime, collaborate with medical facilities and hospitals with our sexual assault program, offer education through our Preventing Abuse and Violence Everyday (PAVE) in area schools, facilitate weekly support groups, organize community awareness programs, offer financial assistance, provide life skills programs, support children through age appropriate programs along with our 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention. We work one on one with individuals to empower them and equip them with the necessary tools to lead a life free from violence.
February 15, 2014
COPE's 11th Annual Chili Cook Off
Do you have the perfect chili recipie? And a competitive streak? Sounds like you're ready for the 11th Annual Chili Cook Off! All you need now is to get your team together and register - hurry before all of the corner booths are booked! The Cook Off will be held Saturday, February 15 at the Cowan Civic Center, and regsitrations can be made by calling COPE at 417-533-5201. The event will be open for tasting from 12-3, and there will be silent acution items to bid on at that time as well.
We currently have no open positions.
The 11th Annual Chili Cook Off
On Saturday, February 15, 2014 some of the best chili cooks in the area will convene on the Cowan Civic Center for COPE's 11th Annual Chili Cook Off. Teams of all sorts and experience levels are encouraged to participate in this fun event and help support victims of abuse and violence in the counties of Laclede, Dallas, Texas and Wright.
Not a gourmet cook? No problem! The event will be open to the public from 12-3 for tasting and "people's choice" judging - where tasters vote with their dollars on the best chili offering, as well as for the silent auction, where all kinds of items will be up for bid. Whether you're a Chili Chef or a citizen taster, we look forward to seeing you on February 15th! If you'd like to participate as a competitor, please use the below forms and regulations to register and prepare for the competition. All entries must be sent to COPE per form instructions. Please feel free to call COPE with any questions at 417-533-5201. Good Luck, teams!
COPE Trivia Night was Terrific!!
Congratulations to the Dandelion Dreamboats table, repeat champions of COPE Trivia Night! Each table at the event was creatively decorated and participants had a great time. Many thanks to all who helped make this event happen - the energy and generosity that made this fundraiser so successful will provide help and support to adults and children in our area suffering from abuse and in need of our services. See you all again next year!
COPE's 7th Annual Visual Arts Contest
The 7th Annual Visual Arts contest is here again! The mission of this contest is to raise awareness of domestic and dating violence issues and to educate about dating safety by encouraging discussions among students, school personnel and
COPE staff that lead to works of art reflecting some aspect of domestic and dating violence issues.
There are three categories of competition: drawing & painting, photography & digital and sculpture & mixed-media. Thanks to our Corporate Sponsor Central Bank, the first place entries in each category will win $100. Second place in each category will win $50. There will also be prizes for honorable mention artworks. Any student, grades 9-12, is welcome to participate, even if they are not enrolled in a participating art class.
This year’s entries must reflect the contest theme, "It's My Life, I Can Do It!" This theme, selected by the staff at COPE, can show either the negative side of domestic and dating abuse or the positive side of survivors after reaching safety. All entries must be in to the designated art teacher or other representative in each school by Wednesday, December 4, 2013, or delivered to COPE in Lebanon by 5 pm on the same date. COPE personnel will pick up the entries after the deadline. Judging will be done by artists and experts in art as well as members of the community.
The top entries in each category will be invited to a mentoring workshop, held at the Lebanon Art Guild Gallery in January. At this workshop, area artists will offer their skills and knowledge in various media including photography, painting, drawing and more. Contest entries will be on display at the Lebanon Laclede Library from December 10-31, 2013, and at the Lebanon Art Guild, January 1- 18, 2014.
COPE is the area's comprehensive victim service program with a special focus on domestic violence and sexual assault. Based in Lebanon, it serves the residents of Laclede, Dallas, Texas and Wright Counties with help for victims of violent crimes. Additional services include a crime victim advocate and an education specialist to teach students about healthy relationships.