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

A Gift of $330 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.

Crisis Center Mission: 
To ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone.

Spread the Word!
By Dr. Robert Paulson, Board of Directors Member 

When people come to the Crisis Center for the first time, common responses are "I never knew this place existed" or "This is Tampa's best kept secret".  Despite many public service announcements, bill boards, media appearances and the use of social networking it is extremely hard to get the word out to people who may need the Crisis Center's services.  Think about it.  If you see a billboard or hear a PSA and are not in crisis you're not nearly as likely to absorb the message as some flashy ad for a product or fun event.  If you're in a crisis and are struggling to get through it, you're very likely not going to remember that Crisis Center ad you saw or heard a while ago.  Fortunately, as one survivor testified at the most recent Cup of Compassion some did remember, called the crisis center and got the help, hope and healing they needed....(READ MORE)


Trauma Response Teams: Compassion in Tragic Times 

Ulele owner Richard Gonzmart
speaks about Apryl Foster
When local news reported a body had been found inside a submerged car in Mango Lake, family and friends held their breath, hoping it wasn't Apryl Foster. Once her identity was confirmed, everyone who knew the energetic and fun-loving 33-year-old was devastated. "It's unreal knowing that's where she last was and not knowing whether or not she was suffering or how long she was in the car," said one of Apryl's coworkers.
Tragedies, like Apryl Foster's death, often lead to disturbing emotions that can be challenging to manage. Thankfully, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Trauma Response Team (TRT) is equipped to provide support and comfort for those facing trauma. Late Sunday night, after Apryl's body was found, her Ulele co-workers gathered with the Trauma Response Team to work through their grief, sadness and disbelief. (READ MORE) 
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Supporting Veterans at ABC Action News

The Tampa Bay community was shocked when Jamie Brunette took her own life on February 9th.  Jamie had spent 11 years as active duty Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. A vivacious athlete and scholar, she had been lauded by the Air Force for her work in Afghanistan, was a partner in a fitness center about to open in Largo and was known by her family and friends as being the "strong one" always ready to help others.  While
Lissette Campos interviews the Crisis Center's Mordecai Dixon
she seemed strong and confident on the outside, Jamie with struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression.

In covering the story, ABC Action News decided they wanted to do something to promote resources available to veterans in the Tampa Bay area. During the February 25th morning newscast, they discussed the struggles many veterans face and set up a phone bank where vets could call in for emotional support and information.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's 2-1-1 and the Florida Veterans Support Line team took the calls coming into the station.
Survivors Lift Their Voice

Recording at the Lift Your Voice Workshop
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Empowerment program was developed by survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, abuse, and human trafficking to support the journey of recovery from trauma and celebrate their inherent resiliency.  The purpose of Empowerment Services is to provide healing experiences and opportunities that support the transformation of survivors.   

On a sunny Saturday morning in February, a group of survivors met with renowned singer/songwriter, Amy Carol Webb and members of the Crescendo Women's Chorus to take on an ambitious project called Lift Your Voice.  The goal of the project was to have the group develop lyrics and music that morning and then record an original song of survivor empowerment that afternoon....(READ MORE)

Legacy Society Lunch: Friday, March 20th

Diane Jacob from PNC Bank Speaking at a 2014 Legacy Society Lunch
The Legacy Society is a philanthropic group of people that have included the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in their estate plans. These special gifts will help the Crisis Center be there when members of the next generation face crisis in their lives.

At Noon on Friday, March 20th, Legacy Society members and people from the community who are interested in learning more about planned giving opportunities will attend a special lunch sponsored by PNC Bank at Mise en Place in Tampa.

If you're interested in attending this lunch, please contact Jennifer Moore at or
                                  (813) 969-4977.  

Take Back the Night: April 26th!

Take Back the Night 2015 will be at Curtis Hixon Park on Sunday, April 26th, 2015. This interactive event creates awareness, empowers survivors, and educates the community about sexual violence. The event begins at 4pm with a music festival and resource fair and culminates in the evening with an empowerment march, candlelight vigil, & survivor speak-out. Be certain to Save the Date and spread the word!

Coming Up...

Share Your Heart Tours 

Thursday, April 2nd (12pm-1pm)
Tuesday, April 14th (12pm-1pm)
Thursday, April 30th (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 area. See firsthand the difference we are making. Join us for a one-hour lunch and tour where you will meet with a board member, key staff and other interested community members.     


For more information and to register, click HERE  



Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:30 AM to 11AM
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (Wilcox Room)
One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613

This survivor inspired workshop is an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and human trafficking to come together in a supportive, trauma informed environment.

For more information and to register, click HERE or contact Bonnie Bush at or 813-969-4942