National Crime Victims' Rights Week 25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act. April 26–May 2, 2009
The vision of National Crime Victims Rights’ week is to raise the public’s consciousness and generate media awareness about the impact of crime on individuals, families and communities in order to promote and strengthen programs, public policy and services that promote victim justice; to remember the pain and suffering of crime victims by honoring them and publicly recognizing their losses, and by reminding all Americans that victims of crime are people they know and love; and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the victim assistance field, and re-commit our individual and collective resources to meet the needs of all victims of crime in our nation.
VIGIL Tuesday, April 28,2009 5 PM The Fire Tower at The Pagoda Skyline Drive
Forever in My Heart ♥ Right now I'm in a different place, and though we seem apart, I'm closer than I ever was... I'm there inside your heart. I'm with you when you greet each day, and while the sun shines bright... I'm there to share the sunsets, too... I'm with you every night. I'm with you when the times are good, to share a laugh or two and if a tear should start to fall... I'm always there for you. And when the day arrives, that we are no longer apart... I'll smile and hold you close to me You are... Forever in My Heart. ♥
Reading Eagle Article dated April 29, 2009
Grief, Courage, Memories and Love Were Shared.
The Berks County Crime Victims' planning committe has recognized these individuals for their dedicated service to crime victims. Thank You!
Detective Harold Shenk - Reading Police Dept. - Law Enforcement Outreach
Hollywood Olson - MADD Advocate - Victim Outreach
Clover Farms Dairy - Community Outreach
WALK Saturday May 2, 2009 Sign in 9 AM / Walk begins 10 AM Temple Playground, Muhlenberg Twp.
Call or write us for more details.
Tiles will be displayed throughout Victims Crime Week Events. Perhaps one day we will have a Berks County Victims Service Center where they can be displayed permanetly.
"Walk A Day In Our Shoes" Display Will be Held Again This Year
I am wearing a pair of shoes. They are ugly shoes. Uncomfortable shoes. I hate my shoes. Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair. Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step. Yet, I continue to wear them. I get funny looks wearing these shoes. They are looks of sympathy. I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs. They never talk about my shoes. To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
View pictures from last years display.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them. But, once you put them on, you can never take them off. I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes. There are many pairs in this world. Some people are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them. Some have learned how to walk in them so they don't hurt quite as much. Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think about how much they hurt. No person deserves to wear these shoes. Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger person. These shoes have given me the strength to face anything. They have made me who I am. I will forever walk in the shoes of a person who has lost a loved one to violence.
The Beginning of Our Walk
Thank You Muhlenberg Police Dept. for helping us cross the Streets Safely!
Ceramic Tiles Made in Memory of Crime Victims.
Posters in Remembrance of Scott Bitler
The District Attorney's Forensic Unit
Thank you Temple Fire Co. for your support!
In Remembrance of Kristoffer "Toffer" Schildt
Our Balloon Launch
We had a Balloon Launch at the End of the Walk. Please, Come join us Next year!