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.

A Mother's Influence
By Lou Prida, Crisis Center Board Member 

Mother's day was special for me this year. Through the death of my father I came to realize the role my mother played not only in the lives of her children (myself, my brother and my two younger sisters), but also in her husband's life.

My mother was born in 1926; this was the last year for the G.I. Generation (born 1901-1926 according to the book "The Generational Imperative" by Chuck Underwood). He defines the G.I. Generation as follows: "They saved the world and then built a nation.  The most revered generation on the planet.  The most fascinating generation on the planet.  Their Depression was The Great One; their war was The Big One; their prosperity was the legendary Happy Days.  Assertive and energetic do'ers.  Humble.  Honest.  Excellent team players.  Community-minded and patriotic."  This is an accurate description of my mother, and this part of her character influences me to this day.  In fact, it's what drew me to get involved with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. 


Desperate Mom finds help for Emma

As the loving mother of 2-year-old Emma, Ashley was concerned that Emma was not developing properly. Emma was not walking, talking or even attempting to play with her toys.

When Ashley learned about a program developed by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and Children's Board of Hillsborough County called the Child Development Infoline (CDI), she called 813-425-GROW and she spoke with Maata, a CDI Care Coordinator. Ashley explained her concerns and let Maata know she was worried and afraid. Maata conducted an ASQ-3 screening over the phone with Ashley and the results showed that Emma scored zeroes in all areas. As a next step to help Ashley & Emma, Maata reached out to the Early Steps program in Hillsborough County where they immediately scheduled an appointment with the family. Within a week Emma was linked to both a speech therapist and a physical therapist.
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An Evening of Empowerment at Take Back the Night 

On Sunday, April 26th, sexual assault survivors and their loved ones gathered at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa for Take Back the Night. Attendees experienced a powerful event that started with a music festival and resource fair, and culminated with an empowerment march and survivor speak-out.

Survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse face numerous emotional struggles and often feeling lonely, shunned and afraid. The trauma of their experience can haunt them their entire lives. Take Back the Night celebrates survivors and serves as a reminder that there is a network of support available...(READ MORE) 


Fun and Fashion to Raise Funds for the Crisis Center

For the second year in a row, Women in Action member, Catherine Ansel hosted a special event to benefit
Catherine Ansel at Couture
Designer Resale Boutique
the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. On April 22nd, over 40 guests gathered at Catherine's store, Couture Designer Resale Boutique, in Westchase for a night of fun and fashion.
A portion of the evening's sales were donated to the Crisis Center. Guests enjoyed champagne, wine, and hors-d'oeuvres as they mixed, mingled and shopped. Guests also had the opportunity to win designer purses, jewelry, spa treatments and other items donated by Couture Designer Resale Boutique and local businesses....(READ MORE)


Should Estate Planning Be Called Life Planning?

When you hear the phrase "estate planning," what comes to mind? Something that's done by railroad and hotel tycoons, perhaps? Maybe that reference is a bit dated. Today, a social network founder or reality star may come to mind.

The truth is, distributing your assets after your lifetime is called estate settlement. Deciding in advance how you want this done is estate planning. So now what comes to mind when I say "estate planning"? Maybe your home, car or retirement account?

Perhaps a better term for estate planning is "life planning" or even "in-case-of-emergency planning."...(READ MORE) 

Special Opportunity for Federal Employees

If you're a federal employee, you have a special opportunity to support the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

The CFC is the employee giving campaign for federal government employees. It provides you with the ability to choose which organizations directly benefit from your contribution. However, only organizations that are pre-approved by the CFC may receive funds.

In order to contribute to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, be certain to use our CFC number (72781) when submitting your CFC form!

For more information about the Combined Federal Campaign, please visit  


Coming Up...

Share Your Heart Tours 

Thursday, May 28th (12pm-1pm)
Tuesday, June 9th (12pm-1pm)

Thursday, June 25th (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, June 6th, 2015
9:30 AM to 12PM
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613

In this empowerment workshop you'll learn public speaking confidence-building techniques, steps to reduce nerves, and how to project your voice. Be prepared to have fun at this engaging, interactive program.

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