"Young Hearts Matter"
February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics, the warning signs of abuse, and primary prevention efforts. Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens and young adults: One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by a dating partner and nearly half (43%) of all women in college are subjected to some form of abuse.   

Every February, in commemoration of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), young people and their loved ones stand together in solidarity against this epidemic. This annual, month-long push focuses on preventive education to stop the violence in its tracks, before it occurs. 
The Montgomery County Women’s Center’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) was initiated in 2017. MCWC acknowledges that youth are the experts on their own experiences and are key to identifying solutions to the issues affecting their daily lives. The goal of the YAC is to recognize youth as stakeholders and include them in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Agency’s school-based programming. Click the link below to learn more about our Youth Advisory Committee. 
Crime Scene Today Podcast Features Echo Hutson
Echo Hutson is a prosecutor with the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. Echo specializes in prosecuting family violence cases. In a podcast, Crime Scene Today, Echo describes how domestic violence cases have evolved over time. She also discusses innovative strategies for building stronger cases and providing victims the justice that they deserve.  
Amazon Prime Video just released a new film on January 6th that highlights the obstacles faced by victims fleeing violent homes. It features the story of young mother, Sandra, who escapes an abusive husband, only to find herself at the mercy of a broken housing system. She fights back by building her own home and, in the process, rebuilds her life and re-discovers herself.
Our Community In Action

A huge shout out to Val Engelke & Nichols Sawmill Elementary Pre-K!!!! These students raised $133 and they went out and purchased 3 umbrella strollers and diapers for the shelter.

Thank you to the Alter Society of St Mary’s church in Plantersville Texas. They invited us to give a presentation on the agency and it's needs. While there they presented us with blankets , pajamas and hope phones for our clients.
Altrusa: Making A Difference In Montgomery County
Thank you to the Montgomery County Chapter of Altrusa International. Last year, they sponsored several fundraisers for our shelter, the food bank, and local literacy programs. In March, they hosted a BINGO event and, in November, they sold holiday pumpkin succulents. With the proceeds, they packed purses with tons of surprise goodies for the ladies at our shelter.
We are excited to announce a NEW series on our Something Special Facebook page! A few times a week, we will be posting Thrift Shop DIY Makeovers! These will show you how to select perfect pieces at Something Special Resale Shop and turn them into your very own TREASURES!