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A Gift of $20 to the Crisis Center Provides:
25 items to help restock the Crisis Center 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.

Hope Starts with Us
By David Braughton, President & CEO

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay delivers on a promise made long ago that those in our community who face emotional, financial, or personal struggles will always have a place to come for help, hope, and healing!  It is that promise and the realization that hope starts with us that compels us each day.

This past year, we kept our promise over 168,000 times as we counseled 104,000 people who called our 211 Crisis Hotline; transported 39,000 patients to a hospital or mental health facility; assisted 27,000 people at the airport through our Traveler's Aid program; prevented 1039 families from becoming homeless; conducted forensic exams and provided advocacy services to 335 survivors of sexual assault; provided therapy to 350 children and 279 adults struggling with the aftermath of trauma and sexual violence; and helped over 1200 people thinking of suicide make plans to live....
Finding Hope: Bernadett's Story      
Bernadett carefully adjusted the tuning pegs and strummed a few cords until things sounded
just right. She glanced down at the pen and blank piece of paper on her table and she thought carefully about the song she wanted to write. She had written hundreds of songs over the years and wanted the music and lyrics of her song, Cup of Compassion, to convey how grateful she was for the help, hope and healing she received at the Crisis Center.

It had been a long and painful journey.
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Hope Starts with Us: Cup of Compassion 2014

Brendan McLaughlin, Bernadett Celene,
David Braughton, Melanie Gonzmart, & Richard Gonzmart
Guests started arriving just before 7am. There was a light drizzle outside, but everyone soon forgot about the rain and warmed up with a hot cup of coffee. The ballroom at A La Carte Pavilion began to fill up and by 7:30am more than 400 people had gathered for the 11th Annual Cup of Compassion breakfast.

ABC Action News anchor Brendan McLaughlin served as emcee for this year's breakfast. Brendan kept the mood light and the program moving as he introduced speakers, thanked sponsors, and shared giving options.  Crisis Center CEO, David Braughton, presented the morning's theme of "Hope Starts with Us" and reminded attendees that the Crisis Center was established on a promise made years ago to help people in our community facing emotional, financial, or personal struggles.

Crisis Center Volunteer Honored as Lightning Community Hero
Jamie Klingman and the Crisis Center team after being honored by the Lightning Foundation
Jamie Klingman is a remarkable young woman. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur and owner of multiple businesses, she manages to make time in her busy schedule to volunteer at a number of nonprofit organizations including the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Jamie was honored as the Lightning Community Hero at the Tampa Bay Lightning game on February 6th. The Lightning Foundation chooses a Hero to honor at each of the 41 home games. The award selection committee considers how the nominee impacts individuals, families or the community-at-large, and how they go "above and beyond" to serve and inspire others...

Coming Up...

Hope Starts With Us Tours 

Thursday, February 20th/Tuesday, March 4th/
Thursday, March 20th (12pm-1pm)  
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613


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  



Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention Task Force Meeting

Thursday, February 20th, 3pm-4pm

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613


Everyone is welcome to attend and participate, all perspectives are valued. The purpose of this meeting is to share ideas about how we can make the best use of our time and resources to get people interested in suicide prevention and raise awareness in local communities.  


For more information, Click HERE 

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