Dear Friends of Phoenix Center,


Spring brings growth, renewal and new life. 

Because of your support of our Gala on April 6th, the Phoenix Center will be able to continue to grow and expand in order to meet the need for high-quality mental health services for children and families in need. 


Last year, the Phoenix Center served a total of 384 children and parents, nearly doubling the number served from 2011 to 2012!  In 2013, Lindsey Humphrey, a licensed Children's Therapist, and 3 masters-level Interns from the University of Texas have joined our team.  


One of our Interns created a short 2 minute film about the Phoenix Center, and we are very excited to share our film with you in this e-newsletter!  We are also happy to announce the LAUNCH OF OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE!   
Check out our new and improved website by visiting 


This spring, the Phoenix Center will continue to support the growth of children and families through our community counseling clinic, parenting classes, therapeutic after-school programs, and therapeutic camp sessions. 


Our unique, innovative, and evidence-based treatment model focuses on the health of the whole child, the critical connection between mental and physical health and the importance of preventative care. Through evidence-based therapies, children learn how to process the trauma of abuse, express their emotions in healthy ways, and self-regulate by using techniques to calm down, relax, and focus. Our programs are available to all youth and their families because we believe socioeconomic boundaries should not interfere with a child's health and well-being.


On behalf of the deserving children and families we serve, thank you for your continued support. Your support makes all we do possible. Thank you.



In this Issue:
    • Thank you Gala Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers!
    • View Our Short Film!
    • Launch of our BRAND NEW website!
    • What is Camp Phoenix?: About Our Camp 
    • Child & Family Feedback 
    • Family Fun & Relaxation
    • Donate Your Used Boat or Vehicle
    • Camp Wish List 
    • Who We Are
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Rockin' the Ages Gala - A Huge Success! 


Gala 2013 - Nyla and Calli
Calli Curran & Nyla Quinn dressed in theme!

Guests were "Rockin' the Ages" on April 6th at Quail Point to benefit children served by the Phoenix Center. Over 40 silent auction items were on display, along with live auction vacation trips and getaways. Guests dined from food and dessert tables beautifully displayed with donated food and beverages from local restaurants, and Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes packed the dance floor with their lively music from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. 


Michael and Cheryl Foster and The Linda & Jerry Strickland Family Foundation received awards and special recognition for their support of the Phoenix Center's mental health services for children who have experienced trauma and abuse or neglect. 


The fundraiser's proceeds will directly fund affordable, high-quality mental health care for children and families in need in rural Central Texas, last year serving 384 children and families.  


Thank you to all who attended, donated and volunteered.   A special thank you to Terry Gulden, Event Chair, Patia Strickland, The Linda and Jerry Strickland Family Foundation, Cheryl Foster, Susan Kulbeth, Phoenix Center board members and volunteers.


A heartfelt thank you to our generous sponsors and food, beverage and auction donors.  We greatly appreciate your continued and generous support. 


100% of the food and beverages were donated for our Gala - even the cups, plates and napkins... all items!  Thank you to all who donated and made this possible!  Because of your generosity, all funds raised will go directly to children in need.



American Bank of Texas, N.A.

Anonymous Friends of the Phoenix Center

Galloway Insurance

Grand Bank of Texas

Granite Wealth Management

Jean and Ken Anderson   

Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln

The Linda and Jerry Strickland Family Foundation

Live Oak Medicine  

Michael & Cheryl Foster

Northland Communications

Northstar Bank of Texas

Robert Ruff

Service Title Company

Dr. Deborah Voorhees & Dr. George Richardson



Balcones Distillery

Blue Bonnet Café        

Double Horn Brewing Company

Dripping Springs Vodka

Francesco's Italian Restaurant

Granite Wealth Management

Horseshoe Bay Resort & Yacht Club


Noon Spoon Café

Phoenix Center Board Members

River City Grille      

Friends of Phoenix Center - Bill & Janey Rives

Susan Kulbeth 


Catering by Francesco's Italian Restaurant was generously underwritten by

The Linda and Jerry Strickland Family Foundation. 


Thank you to all for your generosity and continued support.


film reel

Short Film @ Phoenix Center


View a short, 2 minute film about the Phoenix Center.


This incredible film was created and produced

at no cost by Gabrielle Rivette, one of our amazing Interns who just happens to also have a background in film!   


We are thrilled that Gabby volunteered to use her talents to bring you the story of the Phoenix Center using the voices and words of children and parents. View the film in just 2 short minutes by clicking on the play button below.


Phoenix Center Film
Phoenix Center Film




We are so excited to announce the launch of our
BRAND NEW, completely redesigned, 
and much improved website! 

You'll find thoughtful and engaging information about each service,
helpful resources for all children and families, videos 
and much more!
Check out our new, easy to navigate & engaging site at!
Let us know what you think!

Please note: if you have an older computer or internet browser, you may need to use an updated browser, such as 
Google Chrome, to view the site.


R's painting 
What is Camp Phoenix?: About Our Camp

Our innovative camp sessions provide an uninterrupted opportunity for healing, expression, and empowerment in a natural, restorative setting. 


Therapeutic day and overnight Camp Phoenix sessions take place at Candlelight Ranch, and include equine therapy, outdoor therapy (high and low ropes challenge course), art therapy, yoga/wellness and team building programs. 


At Camp Phoenix, there is one adult on staff for every 2 campers (1:2 ratio). Activities are structured to help children develop positive social relationships, identify feelings, problem-solve, and self-regulate.  Staff are all mental health professionals and therapeutic skills are utilized so that campers' thoughts and feelings are heard and each child has the ability to decide what feels safe. For example, children have a choice to decide if they feel safe participating in the high and low ropes course.  Our goal is that the lessons learned will transfer back home: overcoming fear and anxiety (of the zip lines and ropes course), engaging in positive relationships with peers and adults, increased self-worth/self-esteem, an understanding of how to feel more calm and relaxed (through learning healthy coping skills and deep, diaphragmatic breathing in our yoga/wellness classes at camp), increased problem-solving skills, healthy expression of thoughts and feelings, and pride in one's strengths and abilities.


Camp Phoenix is free of cost and families report positive behavioral and emotional changes in their child(ren) after our therapeutic camp sessions. 


Day Camps

(Drop off 9:00 a.m., Pick-up 4:00 p.m.)

June 4:   Tuesday -  Entering K-5th

June 11: Tuesday -  Entering K-5th

June 13: Thursday - Entering K-5th

June 18: Tuesday -  Entering 6th+


Overnight Camps

June 7 - 9: Girls entering grades 3rd-5th

June 21 - 24: Girls entering grades 6th-8th

June 28 - 30: Girls entering grades 9th-12th

July 19 - 21:  Boys entering grades 4th-6th


For more information, contact: Lindsey Humphrey, LMSW 

Camp Director



Click here to download and print a camp application from our website. 

Our campers overcoming their fears on the high ropes course

"I wish I could come here everyday

because I feel happy, and

I don't have to feel sad."

~ child receiving therapy services, 2013




 "I feel relaxed... 

I don't have to feel angry anymore."

 ~ child in therapy services, age 9, 2013


"My child used to come home frequently after school crying from being bullied. 
I worried everyday 
about her low self-esteem. 
Since the second week of coming to these appointments, she has not come home crying and seems to have higher self-esteem. 
This has been a huge relief."

~ mother of child in therapy services, age 9, 2013

"Phoenix Center is my SAFE PLACE."
~child in therapy services, age 12, 2013


Family Fun & Relaxation

girl relaxingCheck out our Family Fun & Relaxation boards on Pinterest! 
You'll also find helpful resources for ALL parents, health info. on a variety of topics, relaxation & stress reduction for both children and parents, and much more!
To view great resources and new ideas, just click on this link:
Find us on Pinterest
Phoenix Center
Accepts Vehicle & Boat Donations

Consider donating your used car, truck, van, motorcycle, boat, RV, trailer, airplane or ATV to the Phoenix Center. It's a tax-deductible donation, and we'll take care of everything, including pick up.


Visit for complete details. Call this toll free number 877-537-5277 to get started. Car-donation specialists are available 7 days a week to assist you with any questions you have about donating your vehicle to charity. Pick up of your donated vehicle is always free and most vehicle donations can be picked up within 24-72 hours. We will provide you with a receipt upon pickup that may be used for a tax deduction. Free yourself from the hassles of selling your vehicle and give something back to your community at the same time. Donate today! It's easy!
Wish List for our Camps

  • 60+ Nalgene water bottles (or other BPA free water bottles)
  • 10 pairs closed-toe tennis shoes (various sizes)
  • 20 Plaster Cloth Rolls (to make masks at camp, see photo below)
  • Acrylic Paint (various colors)
  • 6 packages of Crayola Self-Drying Clay (available in the Crayola supplies section at Target and Walmart)
  • Beads and jewelry making supplies (buy new or break apart your unwanted costume jewelry!)
  • Wal-Mart or HEB gift cards for food and supplies
  • Journals
  • Sketchbooks
  • Fund a need online: please click here

Please contact Sarah for more details about our wish-list items at 830.613.7230 


Ways You Can Help


$25 pays for 1 week of healthy snacks for all children in our after-school programs
$50 pays for 5 new yoga mats for our after-school programs
$100 pays for one therapy session for 1 child in need
$200 pays for a day-long therapeutic camp session for 1 child in need
$500 pays for a three day overnight therapeutic camp session for 1 child in need
$1,000 provides 10 individual therapy sessions for a child in need


To help fund a need above, please click here.  


Your tax deductible donation in any amount is needed and greatly appreciated.  Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that our services remain available to children and families in need.  If you have donated recently, we appreciate your continued and generous support.  Thank you.




To believe in a child is to believe in the future. 
 Supply the children with the tools and knowledge 

to overcome their obstacles. 

 Impact in each child the desire to fulfill his or her dream.


~Henry James 


Our campers wearing their hand-made masks

 Who We Are   


art classyoga - peyton


Our Services


Phoenix Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to meeting the need for high-quality mental health care in rural Central Texas.    


Our services include:

  • Phoenix Counseling Services: Individual and Group Therapy for children, parents & families; Play Therapy for young children; Trauma-Informed Care; Child Parent Relationship Therapy & Parenting Classes;
  • Phoenix After School: therapeutic after-school programs, art therapy and yoga to teach kids relaxation and stress and anger management skills;
  • Camp Phoenix: therapeutic camp sessions at Candlelight Ranch, including equine therapy and adventure/wilderness therapy - our own innovative therapeutic camp curriculum.


Who is a Phoenix Center Child?

Children and teens ages 3 - 18 with an identified mental health need, including survivors of abuse and trauma.  The children we serve are often uninsured, under-insured or are otherwise unable to access high-quality mental health services.  


Our Collaborating Agencies include:  CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Highland Lakes In addition, youth are referred to our programs by public school counselors, churches and families.


Our Staff include licensed mental health professionals and graduate student counseling and social work Interns from the UT Austin School of Social Work and Texas State University. 


Our Board members are J. Allan Garrett, Terry Gulden, Harry Born, Lindsay Plante, Patti McCormick, Molly Biglari, Elizabeth Turner, Courtney Bowen & Sarah Garrett.

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Sarah Rosen Garrett, LCSW

Founder, Executive Director
Post Office Box 732
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Our mission is to provide high-quality mental health services to children and families in need in rural Central Texas.