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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
If you’ve ever been to the Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter you know that it is housed in a 60-year-old former nursing home complex. By its very nature, it is just very institutional looking.