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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.  
Back to School - Worrying or Wonderful?

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
"Happy New School Year!"  If you have school aged children, you know that going back to school marks an important time for you and your children.  Back to school can invoke wonderful memories - shopping for a new outfit or uniform, buying the coolest school supplies, or taking that first day of school picture with a new teacher.   Unfortunately, going back to school can also trigger very negative feelings and emotions.  Bullying, high-stakes testing, and changing schools are examples of situations or events that may cause stress for you and your children.  Like all parents, we want to shelter our kids from negative experiences.  However, one of the biggest determinates of how children will respond to the new school year is our parental perspective.

According to Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell, "your parenting mindset just might be the most important way to impact your children's learning and development" (www.rootsofaction.com).  Thinking about this reminds me of interactions between my son, Corey, and me.  This time last year, he was beginning middle school, and I can remember my absolute terror.  Corey was leaving the safe and nurturing world of Carrollwood Elementary School for Orange Grove Middle Magnet School.  Though my husband Steve and I had done our research, taken our tours, met the administration, etc..., I knew Corey was going to have more independence and freedom which translated to more responsibilities and exposure to "the real world."  My heart wanted to bubble-wrap Corey and protect him from any and everything bad and icky.  My brain, however, knew it was time to let him take this important step towards adulthood.  In the end, Corey had an amazing sixth grade, middle school experience.  He met wonderful teachers and friends, learned incredible skills and discovered hidden talents that would never have surfaced if my mindset had forced him into bubble-wrap!....(READ MORE)  
 
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Crisis Center Helps Bullies to Change Their Ways

Lexi with Students from
the C.A.R.E. Program
Lexi Tebeau knows first-hand how cruel children can sometimes be to their peers. As a Child & Family Safety Advocate with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, she helps at-risk children in Tampa who are struggling with self-esteem, bullying and safe relationships through the Crisis Center's C.A.R.E. program.  Many of these children are dealing with financial uncertainty, domestic instability, and numerous other issues which can lead to relationship issues with kids in their school.

Lexi was contacted by the guidance counselor at West Tampa Elementary to provide assistance and mentoring to a group of 2nd grade girls who were involved in a cyber-bullying situation. One of the children, Megan, was included in some photographs that were posted on Instagram. Three girls in her class had found the photos and were using their cell phones and home computers to make comments like "You're ugly!", "Don't be friends with her!", "You're a geek!", and additional, more explicit comments.
   
Julia Finds Help Through Building Strong Families

A stable home environment is critical to academic success for young people. When Emma and Liam's parents divorced, they were devastated. But having to move and change schools in the middle of the school year was even worse.

Emma & Liam's mom, Julia, knew the impact of the divorce was hard on the teens. Learning that their dad had a second wife in Guatemala was heart-breaking; then, because Julia's husband refused to leave their apartment, she was forced to find a new place to live. Since they had been evicted years earlier, finding a landlord willing to rent to them was a challenge. She and the kids were forced to move in with friends in Brandon, while still trying to keep Emma and Liam in school in Tampa. Because Julia was working two jobs, the kids were frequently late for school...(READ MORE) 

Free Child Development Screenings: 813-425-GROW (4769)

All children, birth through age five, should be screened for developmental progress regularly prior to school entry. This screening is important because the earlier a child with a developmental delay receives help, the more prepared they can be for school.

This is why the Children's Board of Hillsborough County and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay launched the Child Development Infoline (CDI). Parents, family members, and friends who have questions about a child's development, behavior, or learning can call 813-425-GROW (4769) to speak with a care coordinator. The care coordinator will conduct a developmental screening to identify areas in which a child's development may differ from what is considered normal development in children of the same age
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A Warm Welcome for Clara Reynolds

Clara Reynolds & Gary Weisman
July 22nd marked the culmination of a comprehensive search process and was a cause for celebration!  Over the past several months, the Crisis Center's Board of Directors had been searching for just the right person to serve as the Crisis Center's next leader. A special reception was held at the Tampa Bay History Center where community leaders and supporters had the opportunity to welcome Clara Reynolds as the Crisis Center's new President and CEO.

Clara took the opportunity to talk about what drew her to the Crisis Center and reminded attendees that the Crisis Center is a community resource that links people in crisis to the help they need. Board Chair, Gary Weisman, spoke of the positive reputation Clara has in the Tampa Bay area and her proven ability to collaborate with government agencies and non-profit organizations.  

Special thanks to sponsors Gary Weisman, The Klingman Group, Prida, Guida & Company, Tomlin St. Cyr Team, Coldwell Banker Residential, Mehra Vista Health, First Citrus Bank, and in-kind sponsors Tampa Bay History Center, John-Edward Alley & Beth Rutberg, Tailored Twig and Brew Bus. The reception wouldn't have been possible without their support!  

Local Professionals Mix and Mingle at Business Connections  

Over 100 business professionals gathered at The Vault in downtown Tampa on August 11th to make new business connections at the Crisis Center's annual business networking event.  Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, prizes, and entertainment while making new friends and business contacts. The event was open to the public and showcased the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's Corporate Partners.

Special thanks to the organizations that sponsored the event including Florida Hospital, All Covered, Northwestern Mutual, Alltrust, Bright House Media Solutions, Brookdale Senior Living, C1 Bank, Warren Averett CPA's & Advisors and in-kind sponsors Busch Gardens, The Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, The Vault, and Renee Cooper!  

Wine and Art Event Benefits the Crisis Center
 
On August 6th, Dominique Martinez opened up his Rustic Steel Creations studio to Corks 4 a Cause for a special fundraiser to benefit the Crisis Center. Attendees at "Metal Meets Merlot" enjoyed a selection of fine wine and great food while touring the unique space where Dominique creates his iconic works of art that can be seen throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Corks 4 a Cause is a local non-profit organization that hosts quarterly wine sampling events at unique locations around the Tampa Bay area to raise funds for non-profit organizations. Special thanks to Corks 4 a Cause for selecting the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay as the beneficiary of their August event!


Events- Save the Date for the Following Events! -

 
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 funds for the Crisis Center. A portion of the evening's sales will be donated to the Crisis Center. RSVP to
store1@theolivetreestore.com


 

Beer & Bow Ties
Wednesday, September 2nd

6pm-9pm
Coppertail Brewing Company
2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, Florida 33605


Beer & Bow Ties was created by a group of community volunteers who have
teamed with Coppertail Brewery to bring this unique fundraiser to Ybor City. All proceeds will go directly to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, specifically benefiting Suicide Prevention and Awareness. Be certain to be there Wednesday September 2 for a fun-filled evening! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased HERE.