Howard University Students Travel to Beaumont for Alternative Spring Break

Howard University Students Travel to Beaumont for Alternative Spring Break

Around 200 students from Howard University in Washington D.C visited Southeast Texas for an “Alternative Spring Break.”  They traveled on buses for about 28 hours and went straight to work when they got here.  For four days, these 200 students worked at several Beaumont and Port Arthur United Way agencies, including Family Services. What’s even more amazing is that 500+ more students traveled to Houston, the Florida Keys, Belle Glade, Chicago, Flint, New Orleans, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Ghana, and St. Croix for their Alternative Spring Break. At the Family Services transitional housing complex, they painted the fence, picnic table, and awning at the playground, they put fresh mulch around the kid’s play areas, they painted the interior of two apartments, they did some power-washing, and they helped us clear the last of the old furniture and equipment damaged during Hurricane Harvey. The giving spirit radiated from each group that visited.  Their individual stories of giving and gratitude were heartwarming.  We feel lucky to have been selected as a beneficiary of their project and are very glad that they were blessed with some warm Southeast Texas...
Spotlight On: Kid’s Connection

Spotlight On: Kid’s Connection

Not everyone realizes that Family Services work goes way beyond the issue of domestic violence. This month, we want to shine a light on one of our fantastic programs called Kid’s Connection.

It’s summed up beautifully in this United Way video.

16th Annual Celebrate Families Luncheon raises a record-breaking $55,000!

16th Annual Celebrate Families Luncheon raises a record-breaking $55,000!

On February 20, Family Services of Southeast Texas hosted the 16th Annual Celebrate Families Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefitting the Family Services Programs including the Counseling Center, Kid’s Connection, Battering Intervention and Prevention, and the Beaumont and Jasper Women and Children’s Shelters.

We are pleased to announce that through generous sponsorships, ticket sales, and an amazing raffle, Family Services raised more than $55,000!

This year’s honorees were:

Thank you to our 2018 Luncheon Sponsors!

Thank you to our 2018 Luncheon Sponsors!

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors of and donors to the Celebrate Families Luncheon, Family Services raised an all-time high for the event $55,000!

Following is a list of donors and sponsors who deserve our thanks for their commitment to strengthening families in Southeast Texas:

Freedom From a Hostage Situation

Freedom From a Hostage Situation

Boarded windows, doors locked from the outside. There was no escape for Jennifer and her son. For six months, the person she thought had loved her – the person she had loved – physically, sexually, and verbally abused her and refused to let her leave the house.

Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence

We at Family Services of Southeast Texas were profoundly saddened by the unspeakable violence that occurred in Sutherland Springs on Sunday. The public is still learning about the shooter’s past but we do know that there was a history of domestic violence.  Family Services and Texas Council on Family Violence staff recently discussed the link between mass shootings and domestic violence with 12 News:

Support from all over the U.S.

Support from all over the U.S.

After the storm, donations began pouring in from all over the country.  From Massachusetts, Iowa, New Jersey, Nevada, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and more! And of course, our beloved Texans!  Donations were piled high in some offices, and lining the hallways of the shelter. We reached a point where we had what we needed and didn’t want donations to sit in storage at our facility with so many in need. So, we teamed up with our 3 wonderful area United Ways (Beaumont/N. Jefferson, Mid-and South-Jefferson, and Orange) to find a way to get the supplies to those that needed them right away. Special thanks to: National Co-op Grocers, The Mary Kay Foundation, Texas Council on Family Violence, and the Steinhagen Benevolent Trust for their generous cash donations. Valero Port Arthur Zeta Amicae Auxiliary Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Aux. Church on the Rock North Suga’s Deep South Cuisine Christ Church Hillcrest Baptist Church First Baptist Church – Jasper DeWitt Clinton Lodge Laura Richardson Barbara Warren First United Methodist Church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and countless other...
Family Services interviewed for Public Radio International

Family Services interviewed for Public Radio International

Thirty-two domestic violence programs in Texas were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter was closed for 16 days and is still undergoing lots of repairs.

Countless survivors – both those in shelter, and those without – face unique vulnerabilities during this disaster. For those who have fled abuse in their homes to seek safety, the trauma of leaving is now compounded by the trauma of dealing with uncertainty, devastation, and disruption from the disaster.

Recently, a reporter from Public Radio International paid us a visit to hear what it’s like to be in the middle of a crisis and then have to deal with a natural disaster.  Please listen to her piece here:

Champ Camp – Free Summer Day Camp

Champ Camp – Free Summer Day Camp

Prevention Education in an active learning environment

Hosted by Family Services Kid’s Connection Program, this free summer day camp for children ages 7-12 will focus on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, making healthy choices, goal setting, negative peer pressure and bullying. Kids will learn while having fun.