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.
Announcing our new Executive Director- Judy Kile!
We are very excited to announce that Judy Kile will be the new executive director here at COPE! Judy started as the Education Specialist working with the PAVE Project, Preventing Abuse and Violence Every day, through teaching about Domestic Violence, Cyber bullying, Techno world Safety and Relationship Choices here in Lebanon and the surrounding area schools. She has a Master's Degree in Education and has been in management and sales positions during her career outside of education.
To become the Executive Director of COPE of Lebanon is a decision that Judy has not come to without a deep understanding of the responsibilities of COPE in our community. She has loved teaching the PAVE curriculum, but part of her life story has shaped who she is and her heartfelt decision to become director of COPE. In 1983, when her twin sister, Joyce, first left her abusive husband, she ran to a shelter just like COPE. They took her and her two little girls in that night, and with the help of the caring staff at the shelter, Joyce worked hard to get back on her feet and was able to move on and start her journey as a single mom. Joyce's story was becoming one of the many success stories that have happened throughout the United States because of the existence of domestic violence shelters that communities like Lebanon, have begun and supported. Her story, however, was not to continue long after that. After she got off work one afternoon, she tragically became the victim of a murder/suicide, leaving Judy without her twin and closest friend, and two beautiful little girls who did not understand why they couldn't see their mom and daddy anymore. Although Joyce's story ended, Judy has never forgotten about the shelter that took her in with open arms, and knows COPE is a mirror image of that same shelter.
When asked about her new position as the Executive Director of COPE, Judy said, "This is a new chapter in my life that I am excited and humbled to start. I have the support and blessings of my husband and friends and will do everything I can to honor the memory of my twin by giving back in my work with COPE."
Do you want to save 70 Percent on your State Taxes?
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that COPE, Inc. has been approved for state tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). COPE will utilize donations received as part of this NAP project to provide emergencyaid and shelter services to victims of domestic violence, to enhance the PAVE project (COPE’s educational program, Preventing Abuse and Violence Everyday), to bring a trauma-specific counselor to Lebanon, and to enhance COPE’s legal and sexual advocate programs. This will enable COPE to increase the number of survivors served in Laclede, Dallas, Wright and Texas Counties.
The DED administers the Neighborhood Assistance Program that helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds. They accomplish this by providing 70 percent state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects. Over three years the NAP project will generate $500,000 for COPE.The Neighborhood Assistance Program is utilized by not-for-profit organizations throughout Missouri to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, as well as assisting in economic development.
Call Judy Kile at COPE, 417-533-5201, for more information. We have limited credits available.