June 2019
Gay Pride: a 50 Year Legacy
Clara Reynolds, President & CEO

As you are aware, June is Gay Pride month. But did you know that June 28, 2019 marks the 50 th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising which served as a catalyst for the public fight for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) rights in America? If you are not familiar with Stonewall, here’s a quick synopsis. In the early hours of June 28, 1969 in New York City, a violent confrontation broke out between police and gay rights activists when the Stonewall bar, a place of refuge where LGBTQ community members could socialize in relative safety, was raided by police. Stonewall became a symbol of resistance to social and political discrimination in the LGBTQ community. A movement was created and propelled significant political activism that set into motion a new, nondiscriminatory trend in government policies and helped educate the nation.

Read more from Clara by clicking below.
Needing Hope While Trying to Heal
Paul was overwhelmed. He had recently and unexpectedly gained full custody of his kids. While he was grateful for the time with his children, it came at a great expense: they had to be relocated to his home after suffering abuse from a sibling while living out of state with their mother.

Thankfully, Paul’s kids quickly began counseling with the Corbett Trauma Center after relocating to Tampa. Between attending counseling sessions and court dates, though, Paul had to miss a lot of work and was falling behind in his rent. He confided in Corbett staff that he was struggling financially and they referred him to the Crisis Center’s Care Coordination services.

Read more about Paul's story by clicking below.
A Legacy of Treasures
Before she passed away, Susie Adams, grandmother to Crisis Center Board Member Jamie Klingman, enjoyed buying Happy Meals from McDonalds. It wasn’t the trademark red and yellow box the food was served in that she coveted, but the toy that came with the meal. She collected these toys and passed them along to Jamie to stock the Crisis Center’s treasure chest as a reward for children after a successful counseling session.

To honor her memory, Jamie is keeping the treasure chests stocked. Each of the Crisis Center’s four counseling locations now has its own chest and is stocked with a variety of toys to entice kids of all ages. For Susie, this was a small way of giving back and putting a smile on their face, and Jamie is thankful for an opportunity to do the same in remembrance of her grandmother.
Human Trafficking Training for Travelers Aid Volunteers
In May, volunteers from the Crisis Center’s Travelers Aid desk at Tampa International Airport received a human trafficking training. Volunteers heard from Crisis Center CEO Clara Reynolds, Sexual Assault Services Victim Advocate Asasia Richardson, TIA Police Chief Charlie Vazquez, and TIA Detective Daniel Jones on the See Something! Say Something initiative. This training provided education on the warning signs to look for when working shifts at the desk and how to go about reporting any suspicious activity.

As volunteers at the Travelers Aid desk, these individuals hear every scenario from travelers who are passing through TIA or ending their travels in Tampa. Thank you to our partners at Tampa International Airport for allowing us to host this vital training alongside their team!
Leaving a Legacy for the Crisis Center
On Friday, May 17 th, the Crisis Center hosted its 6 th annual Legacy Luncheon at Palma Ceia Country Club. Current Legacy Society members (those individuals who have chosen to include the Crisis Center in their estate plans, IRA, insurance policy annuity or charitable trust) as well as Crisis Center donors were invited to hear about why leaving a legacy gift to the Crisis Center is so impactful.

Royce Reed represented our sponsor, PNC Bank, and shared why their bank finds partnering with the Crisis Center so important. Kristin Greco, President & CEO of PAR,Inc., provided remarks about the lasting impact of inter-generational giving and how she is passing along the philanthropic tradition established by her parents to her own children. Barbara Curts, Legacy Society member and Crisis Center Board member, shared why she has chosen to leave a legacy gift to the Crisis Center.

Thank you again to our event sponsor, PNC Bank! If you are interested in learning more about legacy gifts, you can email Jennifer Moore at jmoore@crisiscenter.com.

New Art in Sexual Assault Services

As part of the Board of Director's annual retreat, Board members painted ceiling tiles. These tiles were hung in the Sexual Assault Services quiet room and exam room, areas that survivors receive services in the hours after their assault.

2019 EMS Week

The week of May 19th thru 25th was National EMS Week! The EMT's in the Crisis Center's TransCare division were celebrated with a department scavenger hunt, lunch time picnic, and other fun activities to recognize them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
Join Us for the 5th Annual Beer and Bow Ties Event!
Join us on Friday, September 13th at Armature Works for the 5th annual Beer and Bow Ties event presented by the Spencer Hall Memorial Endowment for Mental Health. The event provides a taste of local foods and breweries, with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's suicide prevention services. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
4th Annual Speak Up 5k - Run, Walk or Stroll
Join us on Saturday, October 19th for the 4th annual Speak Up 5k! This 5k fun run/walk/stroll was created by the CKG Foundation to raise awareness and understanding of teenage depression and anxiety. A portion of the race proceeds are donated to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to support our Gateway Contact Center. Sign up for the race HERE.
Take a Tour of the Crisis Center!
Gateway to Healing Tours 
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.

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Thank you Corporate Partners!
Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!