Gratefulness in Action!

Clara Reynolds
President & CEO
My son, Corey, had the opportunity to shadow students in the Collegiate Academy at Leto last week.  One of the classes he observed was psychology.  The class was doing a study on gratefulness and its therapeutic use with anxious and depressed patients.  I was so intrigued that high school students were having the opportunity to study this relatively new concept as it relates to the therapeutic process.  It started me thinking on the power of gratefulness and its tie to the Thanksgiving season.  

Many of us reflect upon Thanksgiving as a chance to appreciate the abundance in our lives.  If you think about it, this reflection is really about acknowledging our gratefulness for the gifts we have received.
KidsatTheCrisisCenter - MORE NEWS! -

Overcoming Fear, Betrayal & Anxiety: Monica's Story

Monica and Keith had known each other since high school, for more than two decades. They were both hearing impaired and had the same group of friends.  She also knew he had a dark side. A few years earlier, Keith had dated a friend of Monica's, and the relationship ended when he became physically abusive.

Still, they remained friends.  He stopped by after work one night for a drink. Her boyfriend, Nick, was not home and her two young children were already asleep. One drink became three and soon he was drunk. She asked him to leave, but he refused. When she insisted, he jumped up from the couch and slapped her. From there it got much worse.
Disabled Vet Now Has the Help He Needs

It was a Thursday afternoon. Callie, a specialist in the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay's contact center, answered the line and heard a woman say, "I don't feel well. I don't think you can help me, but I need to talk."

Callie let her talk - and listened.

The caller said her name was Susan, and she was the caregiver for her husband. He was an army veteran, was suffering from dementia and was disabled.

She said no one in the family was helping her...
SpeakUp5K Exceeds Expectations

The Crisis Center team
at the SpeakUp5k
Earlier this year, the CKG Foundation issued a challenge to Tampa Bay. It set a goal to have 300 participants in the inaugural SpeakUp5k Tampa Bay run at Al Lopez Park on October 22. There was an overwhelming response from people in the community, as more than 600 runners and walkers gathered in the park to show their support for teens who battle depression and anxiety!

Runners enjoyed beautiful weather and a course that included a "rave zone" and "water zone." Funds raised at the event benefit the Healthy Transitions program, which helps young people with a history of mental health struggles connect to help and support. Many thanks to the CKG Foundation and the sponsors, participants and volunteers who made the SpeakUp5K a great event!

Remember the Crisis Center on Giving Tuesday (November 29)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner, and soon the holiday shopping season will be in full effect!

While it's a great time of year to find great deals, it's also when many people make end-of-year donations to nonprofit organizations. It's for this reason Giving Tuesday was created five years ago. Giving Tuesday has become an international movement that celebrates and supports charitable giving and philanthropy.

Make your end-of-year gift to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay by making a special donation on Tuesday, November 29. You can make an online donation HERE.

You can also mail a donation to:  
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay 
One Crisis Center Plaza 
Tampa, FL 33613 
Events - Upcoming Events -


Share Your Heart Tours
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Tuesday, December 6
Thursday, December 15
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

Kendra Gives Back Party
Kendra Scott (Hyde Park Village)
1511 West Swann Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
Tuesday, December 13
Enjoys sips, sweets, and jewels while doing some hoilday shopping for a loved one (or yourself). 20% of sales will be donated to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay!  Can't make it on the 13th? You can do a phone order through the Tampa store for the event with free shipping anywhere! The store number is 813-644-8999.
Events Thank you to these Crisis Center Corporate Partners!

Events Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!