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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 $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.

Everyone's Business
By Kathleen Kempke, Director of Sexual Assault Services 

People who turn to the Crisis Center for help are dealing with some of life's most difficult situations. In the course of a single day it's common for our 2-1-1 specialists, therapists, and case managers to talk with people who are experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse, violent crime, and potential homelessness. The topics we deal with are not the sort of things that are discussed in "polite conversation".

This is especially true when you consider my area of expertise at the Crisis Center, sexual assault.  Most people are uncomfortable talking about things like sexual violence, incest, and human trafficking.  We don't want to believe such atrocities occur in our community, but sadly they happen every day. 
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Krista Finds Safety & Support in SAS

The struggles Krista experiences each day can be difficult to comprehend. She lives in a world of silence, where she's unable to hear or speak. Learning sign-language makes it easier for her to interact with people, develop relationships, and have a "normal" life. At age 27, she's fighting to make ends meet as a single mom raising a 3 year old son.

When a friend told her about a party in Tampa where there would be other "signing" people, she jumped at the opportunity to meet new people and make friends.  She was looking forward to a night where she could have fun in a safe environment.

When she arrived at the party, she met up with friends and had a drink. She was introduced to a man she recognized from Facebook.

Her next memory is waking up in a locked room at the party with the same man sexually assaulting her.  Krista physically resisted while he made multiple attempts. She did everything in her power to make a noise to make him stop and call for help.  
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KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Spread the word about Take Back the Night: April 26th!

Take Back the Night 2015 will be at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa on Sunday, April 26th, and we want to pack the park! This interactive event empowers survivors, and provides information and education to the community about sexual and domestic 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 spread the word and be there on April 26th!  

Crisis Center, Lightning, & Tampa Police Rally to Help Survivors

 
When a someone escapes from a situation where there is a pattern of sexual or domestic violence, they often have no more than the clothes on their back. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay,
A Tampa Police representative answers questions at the Lightning game on April 9th
Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tampa Police Department have launched a canned food and new clothing drive to help individuals and families facing serious life challenges as a result of sexual or domestic violence.

The drive launched on April 9th at the Tampa Bay Lighting game and will run through the end of the month in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness month..
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Give Day Tampa Bay: Tuesday, May 5th

Before you go out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, be certain to make a contribution on Give Day Tampa Bay!

Coordinated by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Florida NEXT Foundation, Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24 hour campaign where local nonprofits and donors from every neighborhood in the community come together to raise funds for local needs-all in a single day.

Last year's Give Day Tampa Bay was a huge success!  Over 5,000 people donated over $1 Million in support of 385 non-profit organizations!

We're asking everyone who believes in the mission of the Crisis Center to make a donation on Give Day Tampa Bay! You can make a pledge today by visiting the main Give Day Tampa Bay page.  Donations can be made on the Crisis Center's Give Day Tampa Bay page on May 5th.  

PNC Bank Provides Food for Thought at Legacy Society Lunch


PNC Bank's Sue Lynn at the
March Legacy Society Lunch
What do Sonny Bono, Pablo Picasso, and Jimi Hendrix all have in common? Aside of being celebrities and multi-millionaires, they all passed away without an estate plan, or even a basic Will. The end result was years of family turmoil, legal proceedings, and heartache.

Odds are you aren't a celebrity or a millionaire, but that doesn't mean that you don't need to let your future intentions be known. You may have a life insurance policy, own a home, and have a healthy savings account, but have you answered questions like "Are my insurance beneficiaries up to date?", "Who will make my medical & financial decisions if I'm not able to?" and "Who will be the guardian of my young children?".

Sponsored by PNC Bank, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosted the annual Legacy Society lunch at Mise en Place restaurant on March 20th.  Over 40 people attended and learned more about estate planning and planned giving. 
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Events- UPCOMING EVENTS -

Coming Up...
   

Share Your Heart Tours 

Thursday, April 30th (12pm-1pm)
Tuesday, May 12th (12pm-1pm)

Thursday, May 28th (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, May 16th, 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  bbush@crisiscenter.com or 813-969-4942