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Crisis Center Mission
To ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone.

Crisis Center Vision
At the Crisis Center we seek to be that extraordinary place where all people find help, hope and healing to make tomorrow better.

A Safe Place to Be Heard       
 
Clara Reynolds, President & CEO
It has been challenging for many people the past few weeks. We experienced continuous coverage of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, and our community has experienced five completed murder/suicides.   This news can be triggering for many people who have experienced violence in their lives. Most people have a reaction to the news and information they see on social media.  As we all know, information is no longer limited to the daily paper and the 6pm news.  We are inundated by a constant stream of headlines and opinions.  It's possible that your co-worker, friend, or family member has some sort of emotional trauma that is rooted in a sexual assault, domestic violence, or the suicide of a loved one.  That same triggering can happen to our staff as they come in contact with people in our community trying to cope with their crisis.   
 
Debra Harris, our awesome Senior Director of Gateway Services, sent an email out to our staff last week, and It was so powerful that I want to include excerpts of it in my letter to you this month.... READ MORE      
KidsatTheCrisisCenter - MORE NEWS! -

Candace Finds Healing Decades After Her Trauma

Now in her mid-40s, Candace knew it was finally time to reach out for help after years of anxiety, depression, nightmares, flashbacks, and panic attacks. The childhood and adolescent verbal, physical, and sexual abuse she had faced, followed by an abusive previous marriage, were preventing Candace from living a happy, healthy life for both herself and her children.  
 
Upon her first visit to the Crisis Center for counseling, Candace was assessed to have trauma in the clinically significant range. She was determined to find healing, and put all of her energy into her counseling sessions and the "homework" she was given between sessions.

Bow Ties for Suicide Prevention    
           
Hundreds of community members showed up adorned with their most fashionable bow ties for the fourth annual Beer & Bow Ties event on September 14 at the Orlo. The event was full of local craft beers and tasty bites from Tampa restaurants, as well as a live artist creating a one-of-a-kind painting that was auctioned off at the end of the event. 
 
Beer & Bow Ties was founded by friends Brent Kraus and Kim Randall after they each experienced the loss of someone due to suicide. The event raises awareness and funds for suicide prevention, while also honoring their loved ones' fondness for bow ties and craft beer. 
 
This year's event was the most successful yet, with a total of $35,000 raised for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to support suicide prevention services. Overall, Ella Bing Bow Ties and the Beer & Bow Ties events have raised more than $95,000 to support suicide prevention. Thank you to the Kraus family and the entire Beer & Bow Ties committee for organizing such a great event!   

 
Making Waves for the Crisis Center: Strokes for Hope

The Strokes for Hope Team
As hundreds of costumed Star Wars and Marvel Comics fans lined up at the Tampa Convention Center for MegaCon, another group of superheroes prepared for a battle of endurance on the waterfront in front of the facility. These were members of the Stokes for Hope swim team, who donned costumes of swim goggles, safety buoys, and Strokes for Hope swim caps.
 
Crisis Center CEO Clara Reynolds and the team swam a total of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) around Davis Islands to raise awareness and funds for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. An additional team from the swim club on Davis Islands did a virtual relay swim, part of it in open water and part in the Davis Islands pool.
 
Clara achieved a personal best time, completing the swim in just less than three hours. Thanks to a matching gift of $5,000 from SPP/Water Street Tampa, more than $13,000 was raised to fund Crisis Center of Tampa Bay programs.
 
Click HERE for a video message from Clara Reynolds
 
 
Helping Our Kids Reach their Full Potential   
           
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in five young children will demonstrate a behavioral or developmental issue prior to age 5. Early identification and intervention are key to ensuring children receive the help they need. Through Help Me Grow Hillsborough, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is able to provide a free developmental screening to people in our community who are raising young children. All it takes is a simple phone call to 2-1-1 and a few minutes to answer some questions. Spread the word so parents, grandparents, and guardians know about this valuable community resource! 
 
 
Events - Check Out These Events! -

 
 
 
 


SpeakUp5k
Saturday, October 13th
9:00am
Al Lopez Park in Tampa

The SpeakUp5k is a signature race by the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. The race raises funds and awareness pertaining to teenage depression and anxiety. A portion of proceeds from the race fund the Gateway Services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

To run/walk as an individual, or to form a team, click HERE




GOAT Beer Fest
Saturday, October 13th
12pm-5pm
Brew Bus
4101 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603

Leadership Tampa's Class of 2017 is the "Greatest of All Time". To prove that point, they are hosting a special fundraiser to benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Tickets will include a pint of "GOAT Beer" at the event plus a take-home 4-pack.

For tickets, click HERE  
   
 
   
 
   
 
Witches, Warlocks, and Wine Party 
Friday, October 19th
7pm-10 pm
Club Skye
1509 East 8th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605 
 
Put on your pointy hat, get your broom, and fly over for a Witches, Warlocks & Wine Party hosted by the Thieves of San Lorenzo on Oct. 19th at Club Skye in Ybor. Bring your friends and enjoy a live DJ, dancing, appetizers, cash bar, costume contest, prizes and more! Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door (limited ticket sales at the door). Proceeds benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

To purchase tickets in advance, email Treasurer@ThievesOfSanLorenzo.org   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gateway to Healing Tours  
Thursday, October 25th  
  Thursday, November 8th
 12pm-1pm
 Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Listen to stories about the people we help. See the facilities where we offer healing to clients. Hear about the urgent needs of the families we serve. Find ways to join us in making a difference in our community.
 
To learn more and register, click HERE 
   
 
    


 
 
Lotus Ladies Yoga For Sexual Violence Survivors   
Thursdays in October
 6pm-7:30pm
 Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
 
Lotus Ladies Yoga is an empowerment group run by sexual assault services where survivors of sexual violence can receive the healing properties of yoga at no charge. This is an 18+ women's yoga group that will include group activities such as breathing exercises, meditation, journaling, discussion, and a 45-60 minute posture class.  
 
To learn more and register, click HERE  

 
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Events Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!