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Lone Star Expeditions Celebrates Five Years of Helping Teens through Wilderness Therapy

Groveton, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2007

Lone Star Expeditions, a licensed outdoor treatment program for troubled teens, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Based in east Texas, the program offers students outdoor experiential therapy as they navigate through ropes courses, learn wilderness skills, and periodically return to a permanent base camp that allows the program’s licensed therapists a more effective means of assessment, intervention and aftercare.

“Lone Star is thrilled to be celebrating our five year anniversary of helping kids discover their potential,” says Mike Bednarz, executive director of Lone Star. “We remain focused on reuniting families and helping teens succeed in leading more positive lives, and look forward to continuing in this great tradition.”

Wilderness programs like Lone Star afford teens who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, attention, or learning problems an opportunity to be free from modern distractions, allowing them to simplify choices, gain insight into their values, and learn to accept responsibility for their decisions. As they progress through the program’s level system, students experience success and develop healthy self-esteem.

Lone Star is often considered the alternative to boot camps. Students, whose ages range from 13-17 years, spend their time hiking and camping, and participating in high and low ropes course activities with trained facilitators. The program emphasizes keeping parents connected and involved through weekly telephone planning sessions with their child’s therapist, parent therapy and reading assignments, contact with their child through the exchange of letters, and progression through Lone Star’s four Family Expedition Phases that mirror their child’s progress. The program’s flexible length of stay allows students and families to fully prepare for the next step in the therapeutic process whether transitioning to a residential boarding school or returning home.

Lone Star Expeditions is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and recently received Woodbury Reports’ “Excellence in Education Award” for their outstanding reputation for producing positive and consistent results with at-risk children and their families.

Lone Star Expeditions is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit http://www.aspeneducation.com or call (888) 972-7736. To learn more about Lone Star Expeditions visit http://www.lonestarexpeditions.com or call (866) 573-2002.


Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

MyBlueStarFlag.com Gives Away Custom Embroidered Blue Star Flags

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

MyBlueStarFlag.com announced that it is giving away five custom embroidered Blue Star Flags in honor of all of the military service men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. The flags are handcrafted by veteran and expert quilt maker, Dave England. Each month, from now until October, one winner will be selected to receive a custom flag. Anyone can enter to win by visiting, http://www.mybluestarflag.com/custom-blue-star-flag-giveaway-contest.

MyBlueStarFlag.com Extends Custom Embroidered Blue Star Flag Give-Away

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) October 21, 2010

MyBlueStarFlag.com announced that it will extend its custom embroidered Blue Star Flag give-away through the end of the year. Since June, MyBlueStarFlag.com has awarded five custom embroidered flags in honor of all of the military service men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. Each flag is handcrafted by veteran and expert quilt maker, Dave England. Anyone can enter to win by visiting, http://www.mybluestarflag.com/custom-blue-star-flag-giveaway-contest. The next recipient will be announced on November 15th.

Wheelchair Van crashed to save lives; Handicap Vans from Lone Star Handicap Vans in Tyler Texas take safety and quality to new heights.

Tyler, TX (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHSTA’s 2011 crash test standards are more stringent and harder to pass than ever before. Lone Star Handicap Vans in Tyler Texas proved their conversion vans are the top of its class by completing the test with just one van. This is a very rare event for one van to complete all 3 crash test with flying colors. Lone Star Handicap Vans has set a new standard in their industry with this great accomplishment. Making safety and quality the highest priority in their vans. Visit the site for the video and more info on the safest handicap vans in the industry.

Since passing the 2011 NHTSA’s 2011 Crash Test Lone Star Handicap Vans, LLC is constantly getting approved as a provider of new grants and loans for our customers and are continually looking for more programs.

Lone Star Handicap Vans manufactures the handicap accessible conversions on vans and minivans for wheelchair access, scooter access, and electrical chair access. With Lone Star Handicap Vans you get direct manufacturing pricing, nationwide delivery, and the highest quality wheelchair van, along with a company that genuinely cares about helping those in need gain the mobility they deserve at an affordable price.

Their mission is to give individuals greater access to the world. Through wheelchair accessible transportation, helping individuals who require this assistance to be able to get where they want to go and do so with safety and dignity. Lone Star Handicap Vans is helping individuals and families gain more freedom through mobility van product at the highest value and safety.

This is a true goal at Lone Star handicap Vans LLC. They are really in this to help physically challenged individuals with disabilities to be as mobile as possible. Helping individuals who can benefit from Wheelchair conversion vans and increase their mobility and their access to appropriate transportation. Lone Star Handicap Vans is about helping individuals who can utilize wheelchair vans to gain a greater feeling of freedom and a greater actual mobility in their world.

Are you ready to get on the road as soon as possible in your new wheelchair accessible van?

There are many types funding resources that can help those in need to purchase a handicap van and/or the van conversion. There are Medicaid, veteran, child, private organizations, state and national grants that are available to help pay for a handicap van.

Lone Star Handicap Vans has finance programs, Veterans Affair (VA) grants, Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS), Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP), Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and bank and credit union loans are just a few of the ways to fund your handicap van.

They can arrange for nationwide and worldwide deliveries.

Lone Star Handicap Vans, LLC in Tyler Texas

Owned and operated by Bill and Norma Niederhofer

For more information, contact one of our customer service representatives at toll free at 1-866-588-VANS (8267)


Blue Star Families Releases 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 09, 2012


Blue Star Families, a national non-profit organization supporting military families, today released the results of its 2012 Military Family Lifestyle survey at a joint session of the Senate and House Military Family caucuses. Featuring a panel discussion between military family experts, including Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, the event focused on the issues of top concern to military families. The full survey report is available at http://bluestarfam.org/2012survey.

The survey launch event was held at the Atrium of the United States Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., and was attended by government, military and community leaders, experts on military and family issues, and military service members and families. Joining Mrs. Dempsey in the panel were Dr. Meg Harrell from Center for New American Security, Rich Morin from Pew Charitable Trusts and Dr. Mary Keller, executive director of Military Child Education Coalition. Senator Richard Burr, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Representative Sanford Bishop, the chairs of the Senate and House Military Family Caucuses, gave introductory remarks at the event.

The families of Americas men and women in uniform are the backbone of the United States military, said U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). They provide the support that our servicemen and women rely upon as they serve in the finest armed forces in the world, and the more information we have about their unique situations, the better equipped we will be to accurately target assistance and support for them. This survey will help us identify and provide the kind of support they need and deserve.

We know that when our brave military men and women put on their uniforms, their entire families join in their service and sacrifice for our country, said U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). We owe it to our military families to do everything we can to ensure that they are healthy and strong, and that their needs are met. That is why this survey is so critical it gives military families a chance to make their voices heard so as a community we can address their concerns and also celebrate in their many contributions.

Often, when discussing our nations armed forces, we tend to focus primarily on our brave service members who put themselves in harms way to protect the freedoms we cherish, said U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA). However, we cannot forget that the families they leave behind sacrifice just as much as our heroes who deploy on missions for our country. These families are impacted in countless ways seen and unseen and we have an obligation to do right by them.

RESCUE INK – Hot on the Trail of Alleged Canadian Porn Star Murderer

Long Beach, NY (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

RESCUE INK, an animal rescue and protection organization whos tag line is We are the army for animals, today announced that it has been in hot pursuit of alleged murderer Luka Magnotta from as early as October, 2010. In 2010, a video surfaced on YouTube, of Magnotta torturing and killing two kittens. He was dubbed the KITTEN KILLER among animal rights and activist groups. Photos of Magnotta holding various terrified animals as well as a list of his aliases made the rounds of social media sites, as advocates from RESCUE INK, including Joe Panz, Big Ant, Jonny O and Big Mike, who is a law enforcement professional, searched for leads to his identity and location.

RESCUE INK warned authorities in late 2010 that Magnottas activities would escalate and he would take his abuse addiction to another level. Joe Panz of RESCUE INK stated “It is very important to the public to find this person as soon as possible. 100% of all the serial killers, rapists and pedophiles all started off abusing animals at one time or another. They practice on the animals until they can’t get the excitement anymore or they feel confident and move on to something else they deem to be helpless like a small child, a women or an elderly person. Anyone caught abusing an animal in this way should be made to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be put on a list for the authorities”.

During its two year investigation, RESCUE INK offered various cash rewards for information leading to Magnottas identity and through various undercover, internet based initiatives, were able to positively identify, connect and even communicate directly with bisexual porn star and model Luka Magnotta. As the investigation of the KITTEN KILLER progressed the RESCUE INK investigation revealed that Magnotta had committed more heinous crimes against animals. Working with other animal activist groups, RESCUE INK and animal activists, the Barbi Twins, developed a plan to lure Magnotta into the U.S. with the hopes to capture Magnotta and take him to the authorities. Magnotta backed out of the deal. RESCUE INK continued to pursue extradition inquiries with both the FBI and Interpol but were told that instances of animal abuse did not warrant such measures and that they would have to wait until Magnotta committed a crime against a human.

RESCUE INK has supported the current investigation and provided Canadian Authorities with the information they gathered leading to Magnottas identification and capture by the German authorities. RESCUE INK works to rally support and encourage government officials to require psychological evaluations for any animal abuser before releasing them into the public.

RESCUE INK actively seeks to put an end to the cycle of violence and abuse and continues its efforts to prevent animal abuse by investigation, education and intervention. The group has been credited with countless rescues nationwide, has won numerous awards for its service to the communities in which it operates, and wants you to know..if you are an animal abuser and hear the roar of Harley Davidsons in the distance.you better run.


Rescue Ink formed its animal-rescue group based in New York to help fight against animal abuse and neglect. The group focuses on confronting and educating the abusers to stop the cycle of violence. Their efforts have caught the attention of media across the county and the group has been featured on their own reality television show. They are tough-talking, tattooed bikers that have a soft spot for animals but a rough side for the ones causing the abuse. They utilize their nationwide network to identify the most heinous cases and then they take upon the task of rescuing and rehabilitating the animals and dealing with the abusers head on.

For more information on Rescue Ink, visit the organizations website at http://www.rescueink.org

Source: Rescue Ink


Mortgage Field Services Provider U.S. Best Repair Service Teams Up with 9-1-1 for Kids Charity and NFL Legend Tim Brown at Five Star Conference in Dallas

(PRWEB) September 07, 2013

Over 250 million calls are made to 9-1-1 annually and nearly half of those calls are caused by misuse and abuseprank calls, people asking for information, duplicate calls, people asking for driving directions, and even calls for help finding a lost pet or hurt animal.

In addition to being a waste of costly resources, 9-1-1 misuse and abuse is a major safety issue as emergency lines are limited, which means crime prevention and life-saving solutions are delayed when 9-1-1 operators and first responders are busy dealing with non-emergencies. Thats why the charity 9-1-1 for Kids was created.

9-1-1 for Kids helps educate children about proper 9-1-1 usage. Former Los Angeles/Oakland Raider and future NFL Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown is the charitys international chairman. Supermodel turned business mogul Kathy Ireland is the Worldwide Ambassador. They have been helping raise awareness through special charity events and fundraising that goes toward educational materials. For example, the charity created a video program for schools that teaches children how calling from a landline is preferred because the location of the call is automatically transmitted to 9-1-1 call centers. Accurate address information is central to coordinating emergency services quickly.

Mobile phones do not transmit location as reliably or efficiently as landlines. In the 1970s, a system was developed–known as Automatic Location Identification (ALI)–to connect landlines to a database program that would transmit addresses to 9-1-1 call centers. Mobile phones often times transmit inaccurate location or no location at all. That is why it is important to use a landline if possible.

This type of education is valuable for children and adults to know. 9-1-1 for Kids executive director Elise Kim says teaching children is the most effective way to inform families about proper 9-1-1 usage because children talk about what they learn to their parents, and they influence adults to behave safely. This protects neighborhoods, argues Kim, because proper 9-1-1 usage allows emergency resources to be directed to real emergencies, making communities safer.

Enter U.S. Best Repair Service, a leading provider of default mortgage field services and general contractor. In the mortgage industry, they specialize in repairing and protecting abandoned bank-owned homes, which attract crime and neighborhood blight if left unkempt. Their services include painting over graffiti, boarding broken windows, maintaining overgrown lawns, and securing hazards like empty pools which are unsafe for curious neighborhood children.

As an advocate for neighborhood safety and a specialist in removing community blight, CEO Mark Zaverl felt 9-1-1 for Kids was a charity that fit well with U.S. Best. Its a cause that affects literally everybody, says Zaverl, or as 9-1-1 for Kids co-founder Elise Kim likes to say, Everybody should care about 9-1-1 education because even if you dont like kids, one day a child could save your life by dialing 9-1-1 for you.

The three seemingly unconnected pioneers–Elise Kim, co-founder and director of 9-1-1 for Kids; Tim Brown, Raider football legend and future NFL Hall of Fame inductee; and Mark Zaverl, founder and CEO of a small handyman service turned national general contractorwill be attending Five Star Conference in Dallas, TX on September 8-10 at the Hilton Anatole for the mortgage servicing industrys largest gathering of its kind to raise awareness for 9-1-1 for Kids and abandoned bank-owned home protection.

Tim Brown will be available on Monday, September 9th, from 12pm to 2pm at booth #112. Media coverage is welcome. Advanced credentialing is necessary for this event. Please contact Mike Gleason for media inquiries:

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