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.
On February 21, Family Services of Southeast Texas hosted the 15th Annual Celebrate Families Luncheon, an annual fundraiser benefitting the Family Services Programs including the Counseling Center, Kid’s Connection, Battering Intervention and Prevention, Supervised Visitation and Exchange, and the Beaumont and Jasper Women and Children’s Shelter.
We are pleased to announce that through generous sponsorships, ticket sales, and an amazing raffle, Family Services raised more than $36,000!
This year’s honorees were:
We like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors who helped us raise over $36,000 at this year’s Celebrate Families Luncheon!
At our most recent Southeast Texas Domestic Violence Task Force Panel Discussion, the experts focused on prevention. As victims advocates, we so often hear “Break the Silence… Break the Silence… BREAK THE SILENCE!”
That really is the main problem. To highlight that fact, we started the Panel event by watching a true story about a young mother named Amy that was murdered by her husband. Throughout the description of events, the audience is confronted with the sobering reality that Amy’s friends, family, coworkers, and even police and healthcare workers knew she was being abused.
And he still murdered her. At the end, the audience was left wondering what could have been done differently. And the Panel was ready with answers.
So often, we hear “why didn’t she just leave?”
Sgt. Yvette Borrero of BPD points out that “most women will take eight beatings before they leave.” It’s a sad statistic, but it’s true. At the Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter, we often see the same individual more than once.
Gasps, sighs, and sounds of exasperation were all that could be heard in the room of 70+ people. The documentary they were watching was moving and tragic. It wasn’t surprising to see jaws agape, heads shaking in disbelief.
But for the seasoned law enforcement and victims advocates in the room, “Telling Amy’s Story” was full of truths that were all too familiar.
I do love Mondays! I didn’t use to. No, in fact, I dreaded them. I would go into grief mode on Sunday afternoon.
I now see that it was a sorry way to live. So, how did I …
Family Services is proud to offer a Transitional Housing Program (also known as Sunshine Cove Apartments) to women and children that have used our Domestic Violence Shelter services and are on their way to reclaiming their lives and livelihood.
This summer, HUD cut funding that was critical to the continued operation of Sunshine Cove.
The wonderful news is that…
Well parents, the kids have finally returned to school! Yippee!! Getting back in the routine can be hard. But, please don’t underestimate the power of the nightly routine.
All of us (even our kiddos) need restful sleep to function well during the day. Not having enough sleep can lead to us feeling cranky, slowed down or restless, & even to making poor decisions throughout the day. Grades can suffer and some kids may even act out in school.