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December E-Catalyst 

December Edition, 2012
In This Issue
Amber's Story
Holiday Store Success
Thank you HAWCYL
Register for RAV
CEO Chat
Upcoming Events  
Jan. 16
Volunteer Training
Join the Conversation
Race Against Violence
 Thank you to all who helped make the holidays special for survivors.
Texans Shelter Visit
Holiday Store
Air Liquide Shelter Party
KRBE/Bell furniture Christmas Wish
AT&T Shelter Donation
Tweet Drive


Amber's Story

On the evening of March 22, 2008, my life changed dramatically. Before this day, life was so fabulous and fun, I really felt free! I had two adult daughters that were employed and were managing

their responsibilities and kids well. I was in my 40s, with grandchildren, and by all accounts happy!

Amber's birthday was on March 22; I called her that morning wishing her a happy birthday and asked her to come by and pick up her gift. She stopped by on her way to work; she looked beautiful! We laughed, hugged, and after she left we talked on the phone all the way to work. That evening my phone kept ringing and I refused to answer it; instinctively I knew that something awful happened to Amber. My Aunt came over and told me the news, "That boy, he shot Amber." The pain and grief of knowing that she had been shot was unimaginable. I thought maybe I could make it to the hospital in time, or maybe it was a superficial flesh wound. But there was no hospital visit; I was not able to see my baby. When I arrived at the scene all I was able to see was yellow crime tape, and police officers sympathetically asking me not to cross...

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 A Mom Gives Christmas Gifts to her Kids for the First Time
During this year's Holiday Store  a mom walked into the infant's room to pick out toys for her two children. The moment she walked into the room, she could not contain her emotions when she saw the pile upon pile of toys stacked up on tables. Through her tears she said, "This is the first year I am able to give my children Christmas presents. Thank you." Another mom's face lit up when she won an iPod for her teen daughter. She said she was so happy because it was just what her daughter had asked for. These are just some of the many stories that make our Holiday Store magical. This year approximately 500 families and nearly 1,200 children beneffited.
This wouldn't have been possible were it not for all of the generous donations we received from individuals, groups and corporations. Another big thanks to our great volunteers who donated their time and efforts to make the experience wonderful for survivors and their families, and our wonderful staff who worked extra hours to make sure everything ran smoothly. THANK YOU to everyone for making our holiday store another great success! It's not too late to help make a difference during the holidays. You can make a donation online and help survivors. Click here to learn how.
Thank You Young Leaders!
On behalf of the Houston Area Women's Center staff, volunteers and clients we would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our Young Leaders for all their incredible work this year! The Young Leaders have been hard at work all year hosting numerous social and fundraising events in support of the Women's Center and raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence. In just one year they have raised $23,170 for the Houston Area Women's Center! Their hard work and dedication to serve our community is appreciated and we look forward to many more years with the Young Leaders! The Houston Area Women's Center Young Leaders (HAWCYL) is a group of Houstonians in their 20s, 30s, and 40s committed to furthering the mission of the Houston Area Women's Center. To view the list of events they have hosted click here. To learn more about Young Leaders click here.
Register NOW for the Race Against Violence!
Join over 2,500 runners, walkers, supporters,  and survivors on Saturday, March 2nd for the 25th Annual Race Against Violence!
Events include a competitive 5K run, walk, kids fun run, and family festival.  $500 cash prizes as well as $50 Luke's Locker gift certificates will be awarded to overall winners and overall Masters, female and male.  Special awards will be presented to the top three females and males in each age category.  Kids K participants receive medals. 
First 50 to register will receive a Houston Area Women's Center runner's hat! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 CEO Chat with Rebecca WhiteRebecca White_NEW Headshot

 1. This year, the Women's Center participated in Giving Tuesday. What is Giving Tuesday and what were the results?


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