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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.   
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
October is a great time of year!  The cooler, less humid weather is here, schools and Fall sports are in full swing, and Halloween excitement can be seen in our neighborhoods, theme parks, schools and offices.   However, for many in our community, October is a time to reflect on a different kind of scary:  Domestic Violence.

First held in 1987 and conceived by the National Coaliti
on Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is intended to connect advocates both nationally and locally who are working to end family violence.  According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, "nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner" (http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history).  Since 25% of women and 14% of men have experienced domestic violence, it is likely that you know a survivor - maybe a mom on your child's sports team or a young man standing in line with you at Starbucks.  It is sobering to realize that domestic violence affects women and men regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or zip-code.

So what is
"domestic violence"? It is best described as "a pattern of abusive behaviors-including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion-used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship" (http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/ about-dv).  Domestic violence often leaves physical wounds, but it can also result in invisible scars from verbal abuse, constant humiliation, or relentless intimidation.... (READ MORE)  
 
KidsatTheCrisisCenter- MORE GOOD NEWS! -

Terry Finds Healing After a Lifetime of Abuse

There was no last straw or final act of violence that caused her to leave. Terry just woke up one day and knew she had to get away. In a final act of resolve, she hastily packed a few of her things, grabbed her keys and drove away.

Terry thought something was wrong with her that the men she loved hurt and abused her.  Four decades earlier her father had destroyed her childhood by sexually abusing her. As a child, she coped silently, burying the pain and shame of her father's repeated abuse.

When she was in high school, she met Sean. He was strong and confident and she quickly fell in love. Things were fun and exciting at first, but the relationship quickly became abusive. She considered leaving Sean, but stayed when he promised to change - something he never did. They married after high school and within a few years they had two young children. She endured the abuse for many years and did her best to raise her boys...READ MORE   
Feeling Free: A Support Group for Domestic Violence Survivors

When someone has endured the trauma of domestic violence, they can often experience a lifetime of low self-esteem, self-blame and loneliness. Sometimes it helps to gather with a group of people who have walked in your shoes, and be among peers who understand the unique emotional struggles faced by survivors of domestic violence.  This is why the Crisis Center has Feeling Free, a weekly support group comprised of adult, female survivors of domestic violence.  

The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist, but the focus of the group is not "therapy". The group sets its own rules and is designed to be a positive, solutions-based environment. If one group member shares a personal struggle or obstacle, another member is able to share strengths and insights from their own personal experience.

Feeling Free is an "open group", which means that any female, adult survivor can attend the group at any time.  Meetings take place Wednesday evenings at 6pm at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa, FL 33613). For more information, please call 813-264-9955. 
Crisis Center Hosts Estate Planning Seminar

William Cummings Discusses
Planned Giving at the Seminar
Certified Financial Planners, Retirement Services Professionals, Attorneys, and other professionals always need to keep up-to-date on the latest information and resources available to their clients. This is why the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay hosted an Estate and Charitable Planning seminar on September 24th that was sponsored by Judy Gregory of First Financial Group.

Financial professionals attended a half-day session at the Crisis Center where they received valuable information pertaining to wills, trusts, taxes, and professional ethics. The seminar was facilitated by guest speakers Rachel Albritton Lunsford, P.A.;  William G. Cummings, CPA/PFS;  & Michael J. Faehner, LL.M (Tax), Esq.

Attendees to the seminar also received information about the Crisis Center's Legacy Society, a special giving circle comprised of generous individuals and families who have included the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in their estate plans.

If you're interested in learning more about joining the Legacy Society and how you can donate to the Crisis Center through your will, living trust, or life insurance, contact Jennifer Moore at jmoore@crisiscenter.com or call (813) 969-4977. 

 Strokes for Hope

Jamie and Clara are Gearing Up
for their Big Swim!
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay CEO, Clara Reynolds and Board Member, Jamie Klingman, will share their passion for competitive sports and the Crisis Center when they participate in TriFloyd's 8 Mile Swim across Tampa Bay on Sunday, November 8th.

Clara and Jamie are dedicating Stokes for Hope to anyone who may be facing crisis alone. "You can help us raise awareness and funds for the Crisis Center while we swim our hearts out", said Jamie and Clara - almost in unison.   

Click HERE to let Clara and Jamie know you are behind them for all 8 miles! Strokes for Hope donations support essential Crisis Center programs that provide help, hope, and healing to people facing crisis and trauma.

Events- Save the Date for the Following Events! -

 
QPR Suicide Prevention Workshop
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Thursday, October 22, 2015
2PM-4PM  
 
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

To learn more and register click HERE 
 
 
Share Your Heart Tour
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
12PM-1PM   
 
Listen to stories about the people we help. See the facilities where we offer healing to clients. Hear about the urgent needs of the families we serve. Find ways to join us in making a difference in our community.

To learn more and register click HERE  
 

Tampa Screening of Paper Tigers Documentary
Children's Board of Hillsborough County
1002 East Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Thursday, October 29, 2015
5:30pm-8PM  

Six students plagued by behavior issues, poor academic performance, and frequent suspension receive a new chance to excel when automatic punishments are replaced with kindness. See their story in a special screening of the new documentary, Paper Tigers on Thurs. Oct 29th. Click HERE for more information and free tickets.