7 Things You Need to Know about Stained Concrete

Stained concrete has become a popular flooring solution for home and commercial applications. This is because it comes with more practical benefits than vinyl, wood, tiles and many other flooring materials.

Despite it being popular, many people are still in a quandary about what it is as well as its benefits. 

Here are some helpful facts to help you decide whether a stained concrete floor is a good option for you or not.

It is not a DIY Project

Staining concrete may look easy. Mistakes, however, can happen along the way affecting the final result. Hiring a professional is a better option so you can reap all the benefits of this flooring system and avoid the high cost of fixing any mistakes. 

It is Versatile

Stained concrete is available in more colors and finishes ranging from monochromatic to a mottled look.  It can also be used indoors and outdoors. 

It is Durable

Concrete in itself is one of the most durable flooring materials. Epoxy concrete floors are more durable than bare concrete because they are protected against scratches and marks. 

It Retains its Color

Stained concrete will not get worn, fade or chip over time. 

It Comes with Design Benefits

Stained concrete can be painted, stenciled, stamped, patterned with saw cuts, and scored.  It, therefore, provides a wide range of design options for easy customization  by Epoxy flooring company manhattan.

Staining can be done to existing and new concrete. Water-based stains or dyes are available in various colors that can be applied as solid colors. Colors can also be blended to create a customized- colored concrete floor. 

Acid stains on the other hand comes in warm earthen colors including brown, black, copper, brick, and grayish blue shades. 

It is Cost-Effective

Staining concrete entails only the application of the stain over the existing concrete floor. 

It is Low in Maintenance

After the staining process, the concrete floor is sealed for protection. Sealing keeps maintaining the concrete floor to a minimum. It becomes easy to clean, too. Now, you have a clear picture of the stained concrete process and benefits. Is it the flooring option for you?

Philosophy

Philosophy

True to our belief, that personal growth is crucial to a healthy community, we provide a variety of services to assist victims in achieving personal growth through awareness, independence, and confidence. With our help, victims in our area are able to identify their needs and choose which alternative meets their needs.

We also believe that domestic violence victims and their children are entitled to shelter, food, and a life free of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. We provide a variety of services to ensure the safety and well-being of these victims and their children.

The Baraga County Shelter Home was founded to assist victims of domestic violence and to address their specific needs as individuals regardless of status. To achieve these objectives the Baraga County Shelter Home is committed to empowering victims regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, height, weight, physical ability or disability. The objectives of our programs are as follows:

·         Assist all people in realizing their potential as human beings.

·         Promote economic equality.

·         Promote social change that leads to equality.

·         Reduce stereotypes that restrict personal growth and development.

·         Promote recognition of victims as capable and competent human beings.

A comprehensive community response to domestic violence through education, advocacy, and appropriate interventions is necessary to bring about change and end the violence. Battering stops only when assailants are held accountable for their abuse. When victims of domestic violence are educated in self advocacy.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars.

Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is help available.

Abuse Defined

omestic abuse occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person.

Domestic violence is abuse that turns physical. Both Domestic violence and domestic abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you. Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb. Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you.

Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused—especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically as well. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Baraga County Shelter Home, Inc. implements an empowerment philosophy and respects the autonomy of domestic/sexual violence survivors in that we closely follow, and implement the Mission Statement and Philosophy of the Shelter Home, by using them as our constant, daily guide.

The mission of the Baraga County Shelter Home, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to provide a Shelter Home for victims of domestic violence and their children. Also, to assist these victims in obtaining information about and advocacy with, legal services, financial assistance, provide for emergency medical needs, and housing if applicable.

The Baraga County Shelter Home, Inc.  has established itself as a place to which victims of domestic violence and their children have turned in their time of need. We have a vast network of community support. Although at this time we are only able to house female victims and their children we will not turn away male victims. We will find alternative housing for male victims in their time of need.

Being aware that good health and well-being of a victim is crucial to a healthy community we provide a wide variety of services to ensure the safety and well-being of these victims and their children.

The Baraga County Shelter Home, Inc. recognizes Domestic Violence as an egregious crime, and its’ staff members present several educational workshops and trainings on domestic violence, throughout the year to several area agencies, as well as to church groups and civic organizations.  We provide each victim with assistance in realizing their potential as a human being. We encourage self-esteem, peaceful non-violent resolution to conflict, and the reversal of sexist and racist dominance in social structure. 

THE LAW

THE LAW

Protection or Restraining Orders

We can help you get a personal protection order and we will go through the entire process with you. We will be there very step from the first call through criminal prosecution and after care through counseling and support. We are well versed in the legal system and can be strong advocates for you whether you reside in the domestic violence shelter or not.
What the judge can do:

Order the abuser to stay away from you or your children.
Order the abuser to leave your home .
Give you temporary custody of your children & order the abuser to pay you temporary child support.
Order the police to come to your home while the abuser picks up personal belongings.
Give you possession of the car, furniture and other belongings.
Order the abuser to go to a batterers intervention program.
Order the abuser not to call you at work.
Order the abuser to give guns to the police.
Court Proceedings:

Show the judge any pictures of your injuries.
Tell the judge that you do not feel safe if the abuser comes to your home to pick up the children to visit with them.
Ask the judge to order the abuser to pick up and return the children at the police station or some other safe place.
Ask that any visits the abuser is permitted are at very specific times so the police will know by reading the court order if the abuser is there at the wrong time.
Tell the judge if the abuser has harmed or threatened the children; ask that visits be supervised; think about who could do that for you.
Get a certified copy of the court order.
Keep the court order with you at all times.
Criminal Proceedings:

Show the prosecutor your court orders.
Show the prosecutor medical records about your injuries or pictures if you have them.
Be very specific about the physical abuse; in some cases the punishments can be different if he used his hands or an object. If you have gone this far than you do not want him to have the opportunity to hurt someone else.
Tell the prosecutor the name of anyone who is helping you (a victim advocate or a lawyer).
Tell the prosecutor about any witnesses to injuries or abuse.
Ask the prosecutor to notify you ahead of time if the abuser is getting out of jail.
Be Safe at the Courthouse:

Sit as far away from the abuser as you can; you don’t have to look at or talk to the abuser; you don’t have to talk to the abuser’s family or friends if they are there.
Bring a friend or relative with you to wait until your case is heard.
Tell a bailiff or sheriff that you are afraid of the abuser and ask him/her to look out for you.
Make sure you have your court order before you leave.
Ask the judge or the sheriff to keep the abuser there for a while when court is over; leave quickly.
If you think the abuser is following you when you leave, call the police immediately.
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IN AN EMERGENCY

IN AN EMERGENCY

If you are at home & you are being threatened or attacked:

  • Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons such as knives there).
  • Stay away from bathrooms, closets or small spaces where the abuser can trap you.
  • Get to a room with a door or window to escape.
  • Be smart if you decide to run out of the house! If you can’t get to a safe place (such as a neighbors or a good place to hide) until they quit looking for you, you may be better off to get behind a locked door and plead. If they have to chase you and catch you their adrenaline will be elevated even higher; this may reduce your chances of survival.
  • Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can.
  • Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher’s name
  • If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name & badge number.
  • Get medical help if you are hurt.
  • Take pictures of bruises or injuries.BEFORE THERE IS AN EMERGENCY:
    • Think about your situation and plan for the worst.
    • Call us or any other shelter or domestic violence program for specific ideas on how to prevent the worst from happening. You do not have to leave your name. We can help you design a safety plan for your specific situation. There are things you can do that your abuser will never know but could mean life or death for you.
    • Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help.
    • Purchase a prepaid cell phone and keep it near you at all times or place it in a place that only you know about or will look at such as a tampon box in the back of the cupboard. If you sense trouble is coming put the phone in your pocket. This is just one example of the many things we can help you figure out that would be specific to your situation.
    • Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers.
    • Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cell phone that you keep with you at all times.
    • If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on the windows.
    • Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the police, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on.
    • Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children.
    • Get an unlisted phone number; block caller id.
    • Pack a bag with important things you’d need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust. Include cash, car keys & important information such as: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers.
    HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILDREN SAFER:
    • Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help.
    • Teach them how to get to safety, to call 911, to give your address & phone number to the police.
    • Teach them who to call for help.
    • Tell them to stay out of the kitchen.
    • Give the principal at school or the daycare center a copy of your court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; use a password so they can be sure it is you on the phone; give them a photo of the abuser.
    • Make sure the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser.
    • Make sure that the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE.
    HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF OUTSIDE THE HOME:
    • Change your regular travel habits.
    • Try to get rides with different people.
    • Shop and bank in a different place.
    • Cancel any bank accounts or credit cards you shared; open new accounts at a different bank.
    • Keep your court order and emergency numbers with you at all times.
    • Keep a cell phone & program it to 911 (or other emergency number).
    HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF SAFER AT WORK:
    • Keep a copy of your court order at work.
    • Give a picture of the abuser to security and friends at work.
    • Tell your supervisors – see if they can make it harder for the abuser to find you.
    • Don’t go to lunch alone.
    • Ask a security guard to walk you to your car or to the bus.
    • Change the route you take to and from work.