International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 19, 2016

International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOSL) Day provides help along the journey of becoming a survivor. Each year on this day, people around the world who are affected by suicide loss gather at events in their local communities for support, information and empowerment.

This year’s program includes a screening of Life Journeys: Reclaiming Life after Loss, a new AFSP-produced Survivor Day documentary that traces the grief and healing journey that follows a suicide loss over time. Drawing on stories and insights from long-term loss survivors, the film shows us that through resilience and support we can achieve hope and understanding in our lives while celebrating the lives of those we have lost.

Reaching out can change your life. Join us on November 19 from 11am-3pm at Gathering Hope House in Lorain.

To register, contact Deb DiCillo at, or call 440.865.9387. You can also register online by clicking here.

To download a printable flyer, click here.


Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

The Nord Center has partnered with the Lorain County Children and Families Council, and Darkness to Light – a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award-winning Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention program to Lorain County.

A revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program, Stewards of Children educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The program acknowledges that adults are responsible for the safety of children and is designed for organizations that serve children and youth, and any/all adults interested in protecting children.

Stewards of Children has been shown to:

  • Increase awareness of child sexual abuse
  • Improve attitudes about adult responsibility
  • Increase protective behaviors

Stewards of Children has been empirically evaluated and is shown to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change participants’ child protective behaviors over the long term.  In 2007, the Stewards of Children Program was awarded the National Crime Prevention Program of the Year by the National Crime Prevention Council

To schedule a Stewards of Children training, or for more information, contact Rebecca Opel,  at 440.233.7232 or email For a printable flyer of the Stewards of Children program, click here.

For more information about Darkness to Light and the Stewards of Children program, visit


“Safe Touch” Sexual Abuse Prevention Training for students in grades K-3

The Nord Center’s KidzFirst Children’s Advocacy Center is offering free “Safe Touch” Sexual Abuse Prevention Training for students in grades K-3 and their parents through funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. The goal of the program is to reduce the likelihood of sexual assault / abuse crimes against children in our community.

Through a presentation, video and activity, the Safe Touch program will:

  • Let children know how to respond when they feel unsafe with someone they know
  • Help children understand Safe Touches, Ouch Touches, and Uh Oh Touches
  • Teach students several ways to say “NO!” if someone tries to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Let them know there are “Secrets for Keeping” and “Secrets not for Keeping”
  • Help them identify five trusted adults who they can confide in

This vital information will be presented in a comfortable, age-appropriate manner to educate and empower children in our community with information to lessen their risk of being sexually abused. Training is appropriate for schools, religious organizations, PTAs and other child-serving organizations.

For more information or to schedule a “Safe Touch” presentation for your school or organization, contact Rebecca Opel, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, at Or call 440.233.7232 For a printable flyer of the “Safe Touch” program, click here.