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VIBS — Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk

ALERT: HOTLINE 
(Updated 8/6/20)

The hotline and phone lines are currently down due to the storm. A temporary phone number is available for general info or those in crisis at (631) 263-2211. You can also use the chat feature on our website or email hotline@vibs.org. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates. 

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COVID-19 UPDATES
Please visit our Resource page for information.

 VIBS is now providing in-person appointments to clients in crisis. The staff will also continue providing all services remotely. Only those with an appointment will be permitted into the building. No children under age 7 will be allowed into the building at this time. Young children may enter the building with one guardian who will be permitted to wait in the Waiting Room. Safe social distancing must be practiced in the building and chairs will be labeled accordingly. No more than six people will be permitted in the Waiting Room.

All those entering our offices will be screened to ensure safety, including a screening assessment and temperature check. A face covering is required. Please continue to monitor our website and social media platforms for updates.

Governor Cuomo has announced a travel advisory for all individuals traveling to NY from states with significant community spread. Individuals traveling to New York from the following states must quarantine for 14 days: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have also been added to the state’s travel advisory list.  See the full list and more details here.

(Updated list as of 7/29/20)

 

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In addition to limiting the number of employees at the agency at the same time and staggering schedules, several precautions have been put into place to ensure the safety and
well-being of the staff including:

  • Staff are required to wear a mask when utilizing shared spaces and common areas in the agency
  • Protective equipment including sanitizer, gloves and masks is being provided to staff
  • Personnel will maintain social distancing unless safety or core function requires shorter distance
  • Staff are required to perform a screening upon entry that includes a temperature check and screening questions to ensure that they are healthy and have not come into contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the past 14 days

The health and safety of our staff is of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the announcements from the Governor and officials in Suffolk County, and inform our clients and the community of any changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please call (631) 360-3730 or email info@vibs.org.

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Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Online chat available at www.VIBS.org. Crisis hotline available 24/7 at (631) 360-3606.

Please check our website and social media for updates, resources and timely information.
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VIBS Virtual:
Author’s Reception Re-imagined

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VIBS Receives Social Impact Award 

On Wednesday, July 8, at the 8th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards, VIBS received the Cerini and Associates Social Impact Award for outstanding work done in the community, for clients, and for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The award winner was announced live as part of the 2020 virtual event and included six total categories to recognize excellence in nonprofits. Other finalists for the 2020 Social Impact Award included Options for Community Living, Family Service League, and Special Olympics. All finalists were asked to create a short video articulating their mission, all of which were shown as each award category was announced.

“At VIBS, every client matters. We support people with their transformation from victim to survivor and we are truly honored and grateful to be the recipient of this award,” stated Reina Schiffrin, Executive Director of VIBS.

“The entire family of Independent Group Homes Living (IGHL) and the Board of Directors applauds the VIBS’ staff for providing free and confidential services to hundreds of families in need every year,” stated Walter Stockton, CEO of IGHL.

The recipient of the Social Impact Award also receives a $5,000 stipend; this stipend will go directly to VIBS’ programs and services, including our Adult, Teen and Children’s counseling programs, Community Education, Legal Services, Advocacy Services and the Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner (SANE/SAFE) program.

VIBS is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2020 Social Impact Award and we are truly honored to be in the company of so many amazing organizations who work tirelessly to serve our most vulnerable community members.

Click button below to see the VIBS Imagine Awards video. 

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DONATE NEW ITEMS TO HELP VICTIMS

To learn more about items needed please call VIBS today, or visit our Amazon wish list by clicking below.

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Congratulations to our newest SANE-A class

Diane Botto
Beth Costa
Alison Figmonari

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are registered nurses (or advanced practitioners) who have completed education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of sexual assault patients and then passed specialized board certification tests. Fewer than 1% of the nurses in the world have either of these advanced certifications. VIBS’ SANE team now has 6 practitioners with one or both of these exclusive credentials. Our other team members with this distinction are Michelle Tepper NP-C, SANE-A, SANE-P, Tara Accavallo BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, and Kate Morales RN, MSN FNE SANE-P.

Additionally, Shantae Rodriquez RPA-C, a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) has also completed advanced training in the medical and forensic care of both adult/adolescent patients and in the care of pediatric patients although she is not eligible to sit for this board certification due to its restriction to nursing candidates only.

Keep up your great work! We could not be prouder of this amazing team!

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER

June 2020
Click here to read our summer newsletter a-nd stay connected! 

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VIBS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity, Tax ID: 11-2411984

Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc.  is a registered 501c3 and files annual financial reports with the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the organization VIBS or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau located at 28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10005.