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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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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....

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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:

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Family Services Named Beneficiary of Mediterranean Festival

Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter is honored to have been selected by St. Michaels as the beneficiary of this year’s Mediterranean Festival.  Come out and support us on May 6th from 11am-8pm (rain or shine).  Check out Shelly Vitanza’s piece from this month’s events book:

Tabouli! Pastitsio! Dolmades! OH MY! St. Michael’s Mediterranean Festival has become one of the most anticipated one-day eating events of the entire year.

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