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Tulsa VIP Offered at New Location

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February 8, 2018

We are pleased to announce our new location for the Tulsa area.  The new program location is in “The Executive Room” at the Wyndam Hotel Tulsa, 10918 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74146.  The program will be held on the second Monday of every month from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Sign-in for both programs will be thirty minutes prior to the program beginning.  The cost for the program is a $60 money order (made payable to Victims Impact Panel). No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are welcome! For more information, call (405) 216-9556.

Announcement! VIP Offers Wednesday Morning Program in Edmond, OK

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Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc. (VIP), is pleased to announce the addition of a Wednesday morning victims impact panel program in Edmond, Oklahoma.  The Edmond VIP program will be offered on the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  The program will be held at the VIP’s new office location at 14 West Edwards Street, Edmond, OK 73003. The seating for this program is limited, please call to schedule an appointment. For more information, call our main office at (405) 216-9556.

The Impact of a Victims’ Impact Panel

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February 26, 2010

Many times as DUI offenders are leaving the Victims’ Impact Panel (VIP) they will stop and express their feelings to the panel speakers as they leave the program.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma knows that its VIP programs are making an impact on DUI offenders by what is expressed by the DUI offenders as they walk away from one of our programs.
One DUI offender had this to say:  “I realize that not only did I put my life in jeopardy but other innocent victims as well.  I have two daughters that are my life and this is something that I will emphasize when I leave here tonight.  I will definitely think twice before I get behind the wheel.  I was a methamphetamine user for 16 years, got clean, and turned to alcohol thinking that it was different because it was ‘legal’ when really it was that much worse because it was ‘legal.’  I am so sorry for your loss.”
After attending a Victims’ Impact Panel program in McAlester, another DUI offender had the following to say:  “I have two sons, ages 16 and 14.  My oldest son has his driver’s license and it won’t be long before my youngest son has his.  The story by Mr. Green and Lance is something I have been worried about for a long time.  I personally don’t drink very often, but it only takes one time, and the one time I got caught.  I pray my children use the right choice if they are in a situation of driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver.”

Many times as DUI offenders are leaving the Victims’ Impact Panel (VIP) they will stop and express their feelings to the panel speakers as they leave the program.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma knows that its VIP programs are making an impact on DUI offenders by what is expressed by the DUI offenders as they walk away from one of our programs.

One DUI offender had this to say:  “I realize that not only did I put my life in jeopardy but other innocent victims as well.  I have two daughters that are my life and this is something that I will emphasize when I leave here tonight.  I will definitely think twice before I get behind the wheel.  I was a methamphetamine user for 16 years, got clean, and turned to alcohol thinking that it was different because it was ‘legal’ when really it was that much worse because it was ‘legal.’  I am so sorry for your loss.”

After attending a Victims’ Impact Panel program in McAlester, another DUI offender had the following to say:  “I have two sons, ages 16 and 14.  My oldest son has his driver’s license and it won’t be long before my youngest son has his.  The story by Mr. Green and Lance is something I have been worried about for a long time.  I personally don’t drink very often, but it only takes one time, and the one time I got caught.  I pray my children use the right choice if they are in a situation of driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver.”

Pittsburg County DUI Offender Response

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February 19, 2010

Many times at the end of a Victims’ Impact Panel program attendees are asked to fill out a short questionnaire.  Most attendees will add comments at the end of the questionnaire on how they felt about the program they just attended.  At a recent VIP program in Pittsburg County, the following comments were received:
“VIP made me realize to make better choices that come in my life because it not only affects me but my loved ones and people who I may not even know!  It really opened my eyes and touched my heart and I know that this experience was a life lesson learned.  Blessed for this experience!”
“Just wanting to give a special thanks to the families who shared your stories with me and that the stories and memories and your faces are planted in my heart and that you’ve helped change the way I look at things for the better and that I know your loved ones are very proud of you!”
“I learned not to drink and drive because you can take someone’s life and have their family in pain for the rest of their lives.  My older brother was killed in a car accident because his friend was drinking.  So I understand how these speakers feel when you lose someone that you truly care about.”

Many times at the end of a Victims’ Impact Panel program attendees are asked to fill out a short questionnaire.  Most attendees will add comments at the end of the questionnaire on how they felt about the program they just attended.  At a recent VIP program in Pittsburg County, the following comments were received:

“VIP made me realize to make better choices that come in my life because it not only affects me but my loved ones and people who I may not even know!  It really opened my eyes and touched my heart and I know that this experience was a life lesson learned.  Blessed for this experience!”

“Just wanting to give a special thanks to the families who shared your stories with me and that the stories and memories and your faces are planted in my heart and that you’ve helped change the way I look at things for the better and that I know your loved ones are very proud of you!”

“I learned not to drink and drive because you can take someone’s life and have their family in pain for the rest of their lives.  My older brother was killed in a car accident because his friend was drinking.  So I understand how these speakers feel when you lose someone that you truly care about.”

Victims’ Impact Panel Coordinators Needed

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February 10, 2010

Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) currently contracts with approximately 50 VIP coordinators throughout the state of Oklahoma.  These coordinators conduct a Victims’ Impact Panel program for DUI offenders once a month at a specified location in their area.  The VIP program lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.  If you would like to help VIP by coordinating and facilitating a Victims’ Impact Panel program in your area, please call us for more details.  (405) 216-9556.

Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) currently contracts with approximately 50 VIP coordinators throughout the state of Oklahoma.  These coordinators conduct a Victims’ Impact Panel program for DUI offenders once a month at a specified location in their area.  The VIP program lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.  If you would like to help VIP by coordinating and facilitating a Victims’ Impact Panel program in your area, please call us for more details.  (405) 216-9556.

VIP Program in Creek County

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Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) strives to meet the needs of the courts by providing Victims Impact Panels in as many areas as possible throughout the state of Oklahoma.  Our regional director in the Tulsa area has been very busy the last few months making that happen.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) is proud to announce the opening of a new Victims’ Impact Panel program in Creek County in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.  Call (918) 960-3001 for more information.

Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) strives to meet the needs of the courts by providing Victims Impact Panels in as many areas as possible throughout the state of Oklahoma.  Our regional director in the Tulsa area has been very busy the last few months making that happen.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) is proud to announce the opening of a new Victims’ Impact Panel program in Creek County in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.  Call (918) 960-3001 for more information.

VIP Program in Latimer County

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It’s always exciting when Victims’ Impact of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) opens a VIP program in a new area.  It gives yet more opportunity to raise awareness about the madness of drunk driving, to be able to aid in the prevention of drunk driving, and to give more opportunity to save lives.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., is proud to announce the opening of a new Victims’ Impact Panel program in Latimer County in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  Call (580) 889-7400 for more information.

It’s always exciting when Victims’ Impact of Oklahoma, Inc., (VIP) opens a VIP program in a new area.  It gives yet more opportunity to raise awareness about the madness of drunk driving, to be able to aid in the prevention of drunk driving, and to give more opportunity to save lives.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc., is proud to announce the opening of a new Victims’ Impact Panel program in Latimer County in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  Call (580) 272-9430 for more information.

Welcome to Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, INC., New Web Site

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Hello, I’m Jenny Fowler, victim advocate for the Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc. (VIP).  VIP is proud to announce the launching of our brand new Web site.  The new Web site provides information about the Victims’ Impact Panel as well as how to attend a Victims’ Impact Panel program in your area or how to become a speaker on the program.  On behalf of Janella Tears, the executive director of VIP, and myself, we thank you for visiting our Web site and hope that you will always feel free to call if you would like to become involved or if you ever have questions or comments regarding Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma or the Web site.  We can be reached at (405) 216-9556.

Hello, I’m Jenny Fowler, victim advocate for the Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc. (VIP).  VIP is proud to announce the launching of our brand new Web site.  The new Web site provides information about the Victims’ Impact Panel as well as how to attend a Victims’ Impact Panel program in your area or how to become a speaker on the program.  On behalf of Janella Tears, the executive director of VIP, and myself, we thank you for visiting our Web site and hope that you will always feel free to call if you would like to become involved or if you ever have questions or comments regarding Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma or the Web site.  We can be reached at (405) 216-9556.

Letter from Edmond

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January 9, 2009
Janella Tears
Executive Director
Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma, Inc.
247C North Broadway
Edmond, OK  73034
Dear Mrs. Tears:
On January 8th, I attended the Victims’ Impact Panel at UCO in Edmond.  Through that experience I became aware of the awesome work being accomplished by your organization.  I didn’t know anything about this and was expecting to hear testimony of victims’ families or friends that are justifiably angry and blameful of alcohol-related accident incidents that everyone agrees are horrible, tragic, and often preventable.
I was amazed to find testimony of victims’ family and friends that despite their unimaginable loss have incredible strength with an attitude of love and prevention of these needless tragedies.  Not only is it their effort to protect and reduce the loss of future innocents’, but to spare everyone the devastating harm and consequences of alcohol-related accidents.
It has become my opinion that legal amounts of alcohol are not acceptable when driving a motor vehicle.  After seeing videos with bruised babies, infant death, and hearing the panel’s testimony at your seminar, I felt overwhelmed with how difficult it must be for everyone involved to live with the consequences.
I have lived in Oklahoma for 13 years and have made it a priority to provide financial support, not only for non-profit agencies, including Regional Food Bank and Jesus House, but also to local families in need and youth baseball.  Due to family illness, including my son’s Type 1 diabetes and my mom’s terminal cancer, it was not my intent to provide any additional charitable funding at this time.  However, I came away from this experience believing it valuable to have my 15-year-old son attend one of your panels before he starts driving and that made me realize other young people could benefit from your efforts.
With this in mind, I have enclosed a check for $1,050 with the request to provide funding for a Victims’ Impact Panel presentation at each of the three Edmond public high schools this year.  I would like each school to know that an anonymous donor has funded $350 for their respective presentation.  Please inform the panel members of the January 8th seminar that because of their brave and giving testimony, I am motivated to try and help others hear their valuable message.  I believe these panels save more lives than they are aware of.  As stated in the presentation, even if just one life was spared, it would be well worth all the effort.
Sincerely,
BT
Edmond, OK

Dear Mrs. Tears:

On January 8th, I attended the Victims’ Impact Panel at UCO in Edmond.  Through that experience I became aware of the awesome work being accomplished by your organization.  I didn’t know anything about this and was expecting to hear testimony of victims’ families or friends that are justifiably angry and blameful of alcohol-related accident incidents that everyone agrees are horrible, tragic, and often preventable.

I was amazed to find testimony of victims’ family and friends that despite their unimaginable loss have incredible strength with an attitude of love and prevention of these needless tragedies.  Not only is it their effort to protect and reduce the loss of future innocents’, but to spare everyone the devastating harm and consequences of alcohol-related accidents.

It has become my opinion that legal amounts of alcohol are not acceptable when driving a motor vehicle.  After seeing videos with bruised babies, infant death, and hearing the panel’s testimony at your seminar, I felt overwhelmed with how difficult it must be for everyone involved to live with the consequences.

I have lived in Oklahoma for 13 years and have made it a priority to provide financial support, not only for non-profit agencies, including Regional Food Bank and Jesus House, but also to local families in need and youth baseball.  Due to family illness, including my son’s Type 1 diabetes and my mom’s terminal cancer, it was not my intent to provide any additional charitable funding at this time.  However, I came away from this experience believing it valuable to have my 15-year-old son attend one of your panels before he starts driving and that made me realize other young people could benefit from your efforts.

With this in mind, I have enclosed a check for $1,050 with the request to provide funding for a Victims’ Impact Panel presentation at each of the three Edmond public high schools this year.  I would like each school to know that an anonymous donor has funded $350 for their respective presentation.  Please inform the panel members of the January 8th seminar that because of their brave and giving testimony, I am motivated to try and help others hear their valuable message.  I believe these panels save more lives than they are aware of.  As stated in the presentation, even if just one life was spared, it would be well worth all the effort.

Sincerely,

BT

Edmond, OK