November 2020
And Their Heroism Continues...
President & CEO, Clara Reynolds
November brings many opportunities for gratitude. While Thanksgiving may quickly come to mind, I am thinking about Veterans Day. I’m sure you would agree that our veterans warrant our gratitude every day, but November 11th is a special opportunity to celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. At the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Veterans Day is also an opportunity to honor those veterans who continue to serve by being employees or volunteers with us! 

Read more from Clara by clicking below.
Hopeful for the Future
Marcus was feeling overwhelmed when he reached out to the Crisis Center by calling 2-1-1. He and his spouse recently became the sole guardians of his four grandchildren and they were feeling the financial strain. When he shared with the Crisis Center Information Specialist that he was a Veteran, the staff member immediately connected Marcus with one of our Veteran Care Coordinators.

Read more of Marcus's story by clicking below.
Supporting Veterans and Their Families Across Florida
Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to feature some of our MyFLVet staff in promotional ads for the state-wide line. Above is Jamie McPherson, one of our Care Coordinators for the program, who was hired at the Crisis Center when the MyFLVet line launched in 2014. He has helped thousands of veterans and families of veterans over his tenure with the Crisis Center. These ads were featured across Florida to publicize the line and help connect our veterans to vital resources.

If you know a veteran, make sure they know to call 1-844-MYFLVET if they ever find themselves in need of support and resources.
Development Screenings for Children Under Five
In an effort to ensure that children within our community are appropriately prepared for entering Kindergarten, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County partnered with the Crisis Center to launch the Child Development Infoline (CDI) and resource database. If a parent or guardian is concerned that their child isn’t reaching milestones typical of a certain age, they can call CDI to receive a screening over the phone.

After a CDI Coordinator screens a child, if any concerns are identified, the coordinator will provide follow-up resources for the family so they can address the issue and get their child back on track. The earlier a child receives help, the easier it will be for them to reach the same developmental level as their peers in school.

Even if a child has been previously screened with no issues, it is important to do on-going screenings to ensure they are developing at the appropriate rate for their age.

Call 813-425-GROW(4769) or 2-1-1 to receive a free screening over the phone. You can also learn more information on the CDI webpage.
Thank you Corporate Partners!
Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!