Back to School!

We have had such an amazing time this summer, but it’s time to start preparing for school again. Please keep in mind Family Abuse Center has students from Pre-Kindergarten all the way through High School. See below for a list of needed items. We greatly appreciate your support!

New/Gently Used uniforms
Index Cards
Graphing paper
Composition Notebooks
Pocket Folders
Backpacks
Pencil Cases
Erasers Quart size
Ziploc style bags
3 Ring Binders
Scissors
Dry Erase Markers
Highlighters
Calculators (all grades)
Pencil Sharpeners
Pencils
Red/Black/Blue Pens
Map colors
Packages of wide-ruled notebook paper
Standard 12” ruler
Hand Sanitizer
Facial Tissues

Strategic networks that empower McLennan County youth

 

When shopping and you come across someone that looks familiar, one automatically stops and tries to figure out where they interacted with that person. If that interaction was positive, they may be prompted to ask where they know the person from or even mull over it before approaching. Curiosity is a normal human reaction to a familiar object, almost like déjà vu, you’ve experienced an encounter with that person or object just can’t put the puzzle pieces together.

If it is understood that curiosity is a natural human desire, why don’t we, as non-profits make an effort to implement initiatives that encourage a certain amount of interactions with prospective clients? There are strategic donation efforts in place that suggest one should interact or “touch” someone in their donorbase before asking for another donation. These “touches” range from personalized letters, biannual newsletters to attending events or even hosting events that potential donors would be interested in attending. Fundraising has been evaluated so extensively that researchers have concluded that seven touches, seven is the amount of times a donor should be touched by you or your organization should interact with the donor before asking for another donation. All of these suggestions are made to encourage relationship building and the “pay it forward attitude,” in the hopes that when one is thinking of nonprofits to contribute time and/or money to, the nonprofit would be at the forefront of the donor’s mind.

Nonprofits should proactively engage the client base as strategically as they seek the donorbase. The donor base may be fewer than the client base but the premise is the same, interact with prospects in a positive and continuous manner that prompts them to inquire about your organization and contribute either time or money.

BOOST is utilizing the fundraising concept and modifying it to connect with McLennan County youth. The reality is that many students do not have steady relationships with authority or leaders in the community. This reality has been the basis of our EMCeeS , Empowering McLennan County Schools, initiative. In the nonprofit community, the leaders are the emcees. Leaders are in control of the mic but we are in place to amplify the needs of the community. EMCeeS are building a network of resources for youth by developing strategic partnerships with organizations in the area, aiming to “touch” certain schools seven times whether it is in a partner organization, volunteering in a school program or presenting at their school. These measures we are implementing are seeking to gauge the McLennan County youth, a strategic play on a natural human desire, curiosity.

BOOST is a leadership development program focused on preventing teen violence. The program’s curriculum integrates preventative measures and leadership then seeks to empower the community by encouraging the ambassador to lead sessions after they complete their leadership development course. We are currently recruiting nine ambassadors for Spring 2016.

Follow BOOST on Facebook @facebook.com/boostwaco.org and Instagram @BOOST_FAC

Blog is written by Netta Mustin, BOOST’s Program Manager

Navigating the Complexities of Domestic Violence

Family Abuse Center is hosting their Annual Domestic Violence Conference on October 30, 2015. This all day training will be held at the Baylor Law School, 1114 S. University Parks Dr., Waco. Legal and Criminal Justice professionals as well as Social Work professionals are encouraged to attend and receive continuing education credit. Check in begins at 8:00 am.  For ticket purchasing and more information, please click the below, or call Family Abuse Center at 254.772.8999.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-the-complexities-of-domestic-violence-tickets-18456192970

Reflections on a quiet Friday evening — To Our Staff

As it gets quiet throughout the shelter on a Friday night, I am reminded of how much the staff of Family Abuse Center are dedicated to this great cause.

To each of you:

You work longer hours than you are required because you care and you can’t just stop caring.

You take extra time to talk to our children as they get off the school bus asking how their day was.

You go above and beyond to make sure that field trips and group go as planned.

You pick up that extra piece of trash sitting in the hall way when everyone else just walks on by.

You take your turn cleaning our common areas, so that we can use our money on more important things like helping our clients.

You donate to Family Abuse Center and United Way out of your small check because you believe in what we are doing.

You give a hotline call an extra minute or two because the client needs an extra moment to collect her thoughts.

You believe what seems unbelievable as the clients tell about the horrible situations and experiences that bring them to our shelter.

You close the door once in a while and shed a tear because we can’t always make everything perfect or right.

Sometimes you walk out into the parking lot and scream with rage at the injustice and system that often victimizes our clients again and again.

No one works at Family Abuse Center for the pay or because it is easy. We work here because we believe in the mission.  We are dedicated to eliminating domestic violence by sheltering victims and also by raising awareness about domestic violence.

We are working hard to put Family Abuse Center out of business. I pray for the day when our services are no longer needed.

Thank you for all your hard work and your dedication to Family Abuse Center.

 

A safe place and a listening ear!

The work of Family Abuse Center is difficult. Our clients come to us because of a crisis in their home.  Many don’t know where to turn for help.  Often they have used up all the family relationships and friendships in the past.  Too often they aren’t sure whether they even want help, let alone where do they find the help they need or what kind of help they need.  Our job is to provide what they need so they can find long term safety and stability.

One of the first things you learn when you come to work in a domestic violence shelter is that the client is the expert of her own situation. She knows what might trigger a violence and dangerous response from a person, who professes to love her, but also has threatened or harmed her.  She knows the details of the situation that no one else knows about or understands.  No matter how much she has been beaten, she knows what her dreams are and where she hopes her life will take her. She is the best person to make decisions about her life.

One of the most important gifts that we can give those who come for shelter at Family Abuse Center is a safe place to reflect and assess. During those first 14 days, so many big decisions are made by our clients.  Some choose to follow through on offers of assistance from family members.  Some choose to go back to their homes and try to make the relationship work. Some leave the state or move to another city.  Many become determined to make it on their own.  Our job is to give them space to make their own decisions.  They don’t need pressure.  Some will ask for advice.  Many need resources and we can help them find those. Ultimately, they have to make decisions for themselves and their children.

A mother in the shelter recently told me that she wanted to provide for her child and live in a violence free home on her own. Some days she wakes up feeling confident and secure.  She is ready to take on the world.  But some days, she is fearful.  What if she can’t pay the rent?  What will happen to her child if she can’t make it?  How will she make ends meet with such a low paying job?  How can she find hope and support in the community?

Our job is to listen to her. We can’t make promises but we can provide hope and support.  We can find resources in our community to help her on those difficult days.  Every day I am amazed at the wonderful work of our case managers who know so much about resources in our community and who are so skilled at listening.  But more importantly, they make the time to just listen and reassure our clients.  In the end, all the decisions need to be made by our clients.  But we can make room for them to make the best decision they can for themselves.  And we hope that our support and care helps them find their way in the difficult world that they are living in.