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Happy Holidays from The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay!

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A Gift of $20 to the Crisis Center Provides: 
25 Items to help restock the food pantry.

A Gift of $300 to the Crisis Center Provides: 
Three trauma therapy sessions for a child.

A Gift of $1,000 to the Crisis Center Provides:
Six trauma therapy sessions for a child and three for a parent.

A Season of Gratitude
By David Braughton, President & CEO

As we enter the holiday season and near the end of the year, I need to tell you how grateful I am to you.  This past year you made it possible for a little brown eyed, cherub faced boy to laugh again after years of abuse.  You were there at 2:00 a.m. when a distraught 17 year old girl was brought to us by the police after having been raped.  And it was you who paid their back rent and were responsible for Jennifer, with her broken arm, and her two young children waking up in their own beds today.  It was you who talked a drug crazed young man from jumping off the Skyway Bridge and it was you who... (CONTINUE)
Holiday Wishes Come True    
Lezlie Delivering Holiday Gifts
Lezlie Garcia Prepares To Deliver Gifts to Crisis Center Clients

We all wear many hats at the Crisis Center. For most of the year, Lezlie Garcia serves as the Crisis Center's Volunteer Manager, but when the humidity disappears and the temperature drops, Lezlie puts on her Santa hat to coordinate the Crisis Center's holiday giving program.

Each holiday season, Crisis Center clients are identified who would benefit from receiving a special gift during the holiday season. Many of these individuals have undergone financial difficulties, medical emergencies, or....
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Safety Bears Comfort Crisis Center Kids

Safety Bears Being Assembled
A Safety Bears 4 Kids Assembly Party
Without the unconditional love and companionship of Toto, would Dorothy have waded her way through the peril of Oz?  How about Linus Van Pelt without his blanket? Having something that you can clutch for comfort can make all the difference for a scared child.

The Crisis Center helps kids through their darkest hours. Many children who walk through the doors of the Crisis Center have experienced unspeakable cruelty. It's not uncommon for a child at the Crisis Center to have survived traumas including physical abuse, abandonment and sexual assault.

Honor Gifts: Make Your Holiday Giving More Meaningful This Year   


Uncertain what to get that special someone who seems to have everything? Why not make a financial gift in their honor for the holidays?

If you or your loved one holds the Crisis Center mission close to your heart, why not make a financial gift in that person's honor? By making an honor gift in a loved one's name, you'll establish a living tribute to that person that will:

* Always be appreciated
* Be especially meaningful
* Support the Crisis Center's work during a time
  of great need.

To make an Honor Gift, just visit the Crisis Center's website by clicking HERE. When you make your donation, complete the section that says "I want my donation to be dedicated".

Crisis Center Launches Child Development Infoline

Raising a child can be challenging and full of uncertainty.  Many parents have questions about their child's physical, behavioral, emotional and intellectual development, especially parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers.
The Children's Board of Hillsborough County has partnered with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to launch the Child Development Infoline (CDI) and resource data base. CDI is a free service offering screening and linkages to the resources families need to help their children develop, from birth to age five.

In Her Own Words: Breaking Wooden Boards with Our Bare Hands
by Brittany

Crack! Crack! The pine wood board, splintered by my hand and by pure emotion, fell in two pieces from the chairs it was braced upon to the floor. The whole room felt the peak of energy which had resulted in me being able to break a board (with a negative thought written upon it that had haunted me for a long time).
The adult me has healed a lot thus far in my journey, but the little girl in me still needs to do more healing. That day during the Empowerment Services workshop, survivors broke wooden boards with their bare hands...


End-of-Year Alert: Making Tax-Free Gifts From Your IRA      


You can establish your legacy now by using a tax incentive that may not be in place in 2014.

The IRA charitable rollover legislation allows for people who are 70 or older to make a charitable contribution (of up to $100,000) from an IRA without undesirable tax effects. In order to qualify, the gift must be made directly from the IRA to the charity...(CONTINUE)

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Commended By Hillsborough County Government     


Hillsborough County Proc Nov 2013
Commissioner Sandra Murman and
the Crisis Center's Dacia Oglesby
Two Hillsborough County offices recently recognized the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for various services it provides to the community through its Family Stabilization department.

The Hillsborough County Commission issued a proclamation commending the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for being part of county efforts to help indigent families without health insurance who are being treated in local emergency departments and hospitals. The proclamation also commended the Crisis Center's work in the areas of prevention, integration of primary care, strategic outreach, and patient education...(CONTINUE)


Coming Up...

Together We Do Tour     

Tuesday, January 7th (12pm-1pm)


The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay offers tours twice a month for people to learn more about the services we provide to the Tampa Bay community. See firsthand the difference we are making. Join us for a one-hour lunch and tour where you will meet with our President and CEO, along with a board member, key staff and other interested community members.     


For more information and to register, click HERE 


Relaxation and Coping Empowerment Workshop     

Sat, December 14, 2013 (1PM to 3PM)

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay  


This workshop is an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence to come together in a supportive atmosphere, learn techniques that can be used for transformation and healing.

Participates in this workshop will be taught the techniques of Somatic-cognitive body work developed by Dr. Robert Macy from the International Disaster Resiliency Center. These techniques include elements of Thai Chi, Chi Gong, Tapping and Stillness Practices.  There will be a guided meditation and Empowerment discussion circle for participants to share their positive coping techniques.   

For more information and to register, click
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