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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. 
Becoming Extraordinary
By David Braughton, President & CEO

Sometimes when I get out of a late meeting, I take look around the Crisis Center.  I'm always reminded of the remarkable work that goes on here 24/7 and the truly extraordinary volunteers and staff who do that work.  The miracles that happen here each day are truly amazing. Help is given to people who feel helpless; hope to people bereft of hope; and healing to children and families who have experienced horrors beyond comprehension.... (CONTINUE)
A Commitment to Trauma Informed Care
Over 2 years ago, the Board of Directors and Senior Management at the Crisis Center of Ta
mpa Bay made a commitment to become a Center of Excellence in providing Trauma Informed Care.   

Crisis Center staff & volunteers at a Trauma Informed Care training.
Trauma Informed Care is a framework that includes acknowledgement of the prevalence and impact of violence and trauma on human development and behavior.  It implies that staff sensitively engage people with histories of trauma, recognize the role that trauma has played in their lives, and address potential physical and emotional symptoms.  Trauma Informed Care seeks to change the paradigm from one that asks, "What's wrong with you?" to one that asks, "What has happened to you?" with principles that include safety, choice, collaboration, inclusiveness, trustworthiness... (CONTINUE)
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Learning to Trust Again - Todd's Story
Todd never grasped how bad things were. He was just 11 years old and this was life as he knew it. Taking care of himself and his mom was normal to him. His Mom had full custody and his dad was an alcoholic who had little contact with him. Todd's mom told him that she needed to take injections each day for diabetes. What Todd soon learned was that his mom didn't have diabetes, and the "insulin" she was injecting was actually heroin.

It didn't take long for Todd's circumstances to change. Because he was severely neglected, the courts stepped in and he was removed from his home in Ohio.  Fortunately, Todd had a caring and compassionate aunt in Tampa..
CFO of the Year Finalist: Maria Porto Duarte
Maria Porto Durate and
2014 CFO of the Year judges
Part of becoming an extraordinary organization is building a top notch leadership team.  The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is fortunate to have great volunteer and staff leaders! Each role is crucial to ensuring the Crisis Center continues providing help, hope and healing to people in our community facing crisis and trauma.

The Chief Financial Officer at the Crisis Center
serves as the financial expert and authority in the organization, ensuring financial stability and transparency. For the past three years, we have had the honor of having Maria Porto Duarte serving in the CFO role. It wasn't surprising when Maria was named a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's CFO of the Year Awards.... (CONTINUE)
Providing  for the Next Generation with a Legacy Gift
Mickey Castor, David Braughton 
& Dianne Jacob at the 
Legacy Society lunch
Over 30 people gathered at Mise en Place restaurant on March 19th for the Crisis Center's annual Legacy Society lunch sponsored by PNC Bank.  They heard from Crisis Center CEO, David Braughton, about the difference between "being remembered and making an impact" when thinking about planning for the next generation. Legacy Council member, David Rieth, provided valuable, expert information about specific estate planning vehicles and Bonnie McNatt Bush told a powerful story about her daughter Wendy, who died of cancer several years ago. Bonnie honors Wendy by including the Crisis Center in her estate plans. The Legacy Society is a philanthropic group of people ....(CONTINUE)

Coming Up...

Hope Starts With Us Tours 

Tuesday, April 1st (12pm-1pm)
Thursday, April 17th (12pm-1pm)
Tuesday, April 29th (12pm-1pm)  
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613


The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay offers tours 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  



Take Back the Night

Sunday, April 27th 4pm-9pm

Curtis Hixon Park - Downtown Tampa


Take Back the Night is an interactive event that creates awareness, empowers survivors, and educates the community about sexual violence. Together we empower survivors, celebrate freedom and embrace resiliency.

Survivors of rape, incest, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking are all invited to share their journeys of help, hope and healing. Raise your voice and share your empowerment!


For more information, Click HERE 

Have you considered leaving the Crisis Center in your estate plans?
Click here to learn more about the Crisis Center's Legacy Society.
To check out photos from previous events, be sure to visit the Crisis Center  
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