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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.

Crisis Center Vision: 
Our vision is to be that extraordinary place where all people find help, hope and healing to make tomorrow better.

What My Mother Taught Me About Being a Father
By Fred Lay, Crisis Center Board Member 

Fred Lay  
Crisis Center Board Member
Each year as Father's Day approaches I am reminded that my childhood did not include a father. At a very young age I was adopted by a wonderful, caring 50-year-old single woman. She raised me by herself with very few resources. She taught me that love and hard work could overcome all obstacles. I have been blessed with three beautiful daughters - ages 24, 22 and 2 - and it is through my amazing Mom that I learned to be the father I am today.

Without a father as a role model, one might think learning to be a father would be a challenge.  But over the years, I have literally stopped in my tracks and realized that I knew exactly what to do as a father because of my Mom.  She helped me understand that children need someone they can trust to help them navigate life's challenges...
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Clara Reynolds Announced as
Crisis Center's New President & CEO


After an extensive local and national search process, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Clara Reynolds has been named the new President and CEO of the Crisis Center.

A native of Tampa, Clara is actively involved in the community. She's a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa, a Master of Social Work from Florida State University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Florida State University. She currently serves as Executive Director for Success 4 Kids & Families, an organization she founded in 2005 that offers an array of in-home treatment services for families with children and youth who experience behavior problems.

Clara's first day as CEO at the Crisis Center will be Wednesday, July 1st. Keep your eyes open for a special message from Clara in the Crisis Center's July newsletter!  
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Danny Finds Hope in His Darkest Hour

It was just after 9:00pm when the phone rang in 2-1-1. When Casey, a Crisis Specialist, answered the line, the caller hung up. This went on repeatedly for a number of minutes. Finally, the line rang again and Casey heard the voice on the other end say in an angry tone, "I want to talk to someone who cares...before I kill myself". Casey immediately responded and told him "I care."

He said his name was Danny. That evening, he had arrived home from work to find a note from his wife saying she was leaving him and she was taking Tyler, their 2 year old son, with her.... (READ MORE) 

 

Cornelia Corbett Named Lightning Community Hero

 
When an incredible
Cornelia Corbett with fellow Crisis Center Board Members Gary Weisman, Jamie Klingman, John Tomlin & Lou Prida
organization like the Tampa Bay Lightning and a remarkable individual like Cornelia Corbett come together, amazing things happen! The Tampa Bay Lightning have made a commitment to make a $50,000 donation each home game to help non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area through the Lightning Community Hero program.
 
During the Lightning's playoff game against the New York Rangers on May 20th, the Lightning recognized Crisis Center board member, Cornelia Corbett as the game's Community Hero. Cornelia chose to allocate the $50,000 donation to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay for children and adults to receive trauma counseling.  Thank you to Cornelia and the Tampa Bay Lightning for everything you do to help make the Tampa Bay area a better place for us all! 

 

Even 1 Percent Matters!

You may think you don't have enough money to donate and make any kind of impact, but that simply isn't true. Your gift, no matter the size, can ensure a future for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and influence the lives of those who rely on it.

Put it this way: The majority of American adults give to a charitable organization each year-even in these tumultuous economic times. Meanwhile, only 8 percent of charitable giving dollars in 2011 came from donations made from wills....(READ MORE) 

Events- Save the Date for the Following Events! -


Business Connections
Tuesday, August 11th
5pm-7pm
The Vault
611 North Franklin Street
Downtown Tampa


This is a FREE networking event for business professionals. Join us for a night of drinks, food and prizes, and the opportunity to make some new connections! To register, click HERE.


Metal Meets Merlot
Thursday, August 6th
6pm-9pm
Rustic Steel Creations
3919 North Highland Ave in Tampa

Enjoy great food and
fine wine at this special event hosted by Corks 4 a Cause. Rustic Steel Creations is opening their workspace for the evening so people can go behind the scenes and see where their artistic creations come to life! Tickets are $50 for a one and $80 for two. Proceeds benefit the Crisis Center! To register, click HERE.


Tastings at The Olive Tree
Thursday, August 20
th
6pm-8pm

10115 Montague Street in Tampa

Fresh olive oil and vinegar tastings paired with the perfect hors d'oeuvres and wines.  The Olive Tree imports gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the globe and is hosting this free event to raise
awareness and for the Crisis Center. A portion of the evening's sales will be donated to the Crisis Center.