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First Step is excited to announce that we will start offering self-defense classes. These classes will be taught by Megan Philabaum, Office/Fiscal Manager. If you would like to schedule a class please contact our office to set up a time. A minimum of 5 people must attend for a class to be held. See her bio below.

My name is Megan Philabaum and in July of 2014 I was trained in self-defense by the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. I spent two days at a conference in Chicago on how to engage with critics of self-defense, dealing with adaptive attackers, knife defense on the ground and engaging with social services agencies to provide safety training's for staff. My main focus is to help women escape from danger offering basic self-defense tactics with a combination of simple techniques and skills. I would like to offer these training's to the local agencies, organizations, schools, churches and clubs. These training's take approximately 1 ½ hours to complete. There are verbal and physical skills offered at no cost but donations are welcome. If you are interested please contact me at First Step Family Violence Intervention Services at 740-622-8504 or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The After School Mentoring Program

Communities, Schools, Families and Students

We are still looking for Mentors!! If anyone is interested please contact Vicki or Robin at 740-622-8504 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the Community Connectors Grant

The focus of the Community Connectors grant is to help students get excited about their future, to be encouraged to dream big and learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action.  This can accomplished by the following initiatives:

Setting goals to be prepared for the 21st Century Careers

Building Character

Developing Pathways to achievement

Building a sense of resiliency

Believing in a positive future

Get involved today to help build something special with our youth and their future.  One caring adult can make a difference in a youth’s life.

What is the After School Mentoring Program?

The After School Mentoring Program connects adults from the community with students.  Mentors provide both encouragement and empowerment in helping our students achieve their dreams and plan for their future.

Mentors: Contact Vicki or Robin at 740-622-8504

Background check / application

Receive support from our staff

Receive 16 hours of training from our staff

Commit to a nine month match with a student

Volunteer one day a week from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Have Lots Of Fun!

What can the After School Mentoring Program Achieve?

Students who are mentored set their own goals that can lead to higher achievement, better performance, self-efficacy and self regulation.

Help Students identify strong, positive character traits within themselves.

Develop pathways to achievement through critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Helps students cope with the highs and lows of life and respond to the stress in a healthy manner.

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view…..I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship.  Nobody makes it alone, and we are all mentors to people when we don’t know it” – Oprah Winfrey


Community Connectors brings organizations from across the community together to build and support programs that emphasize close relationships between young people and mentors.  The Community Connectors program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in higher educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for our state.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 January 2016 13:58
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First Step Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc.

A United Way Agency of Coshocton County, Ohio

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Mission Statement

To promote safety to victims of violence through education, counseling, advocacy and shelter when needed to any person suffering the effects of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. To promote non-violent behavior by educating the perpetrators of violence.


First Step Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc., was established in September 1992 with a weekly support group for victims of Domestic Violence. In February 1993, the Muskingum Area Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services funded the program through the Coshocton County Drug and Alcohol Council. To meet the emerging needs of the community, services expanded in September, 1994 through a much needed and requested weekly support group for children victimized by family violence between the ages of 6-12 years. In November 1994, a nine member board was selected as the Board of Control. First Step, F.V.I.S., Inc. was incorporated on April 1, 1995. The ultimate goal was accomplished on December 16, 1996 with the opening of the Coshocton County Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault (Hope House). After opening the shelter, we were very thankful to the Friends of the Animal Shelter for making possible the availability of a small pet shelter for animals belonging to the families of those we serve.

Since 1995, First Step, F.V.I.S., Inc. has served victims; children, elderly, developmentally disabled, teens, and currently provides and will provide the following services to meet the needs of the residents in Coshocton County and surrounding communities:

Victim Programs

  • Shelter for victims and children of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault
  • Shelter for pets
  • 24-Hour on-call services
  • Support group for victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault
  • Individual services or sessions
  • Court Advocacy
  • 24-Hour Helpline

Community Education

  • Community Presentations/Trainings
  • Self-Defense Programs
  • Prevention Education (Grades K-12)

Perpetrator Programs

  • Male Perpetrator Education Group
  • Women Who Resort to Violence
  • Adult Domestic Violence Diversionary Program
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 06:34

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