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Barrett Briggs named 2013 Exchangite of the Year

posted Aug 19, 2013, 9:37 PM by Crissy Nolen

Shown l-r are Wesley Kocian, President, presents Barrett Briggs with the Exchangite of the Year Award.

Barrett Briggs was given the “Exchangite of the Year” Award  – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Exchange Club of Rosenberg at the recent Installation Celebration.

Barrett Briggs joined the club as the Charter President two years ago and has served as Immediate Past President.  He has volunteered for every project that the club did during its 2012/2013 year.  Projects included; handing out flags at the Fort Bend County Fair and the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show, helping to set up at National Adoption Day in the Fort Bend County Justice Center, doing a clothing drive for the Fort Bend Women’s Center, conducting a Snack Food Drive for the Youth in Philanthropy Community Day and participating in the March Against Child Abuse and helping with the Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Field at the Justice Center.

“Barrett has been a great representative for the Exchange Club of Rosenberg both as a leader and a volunteer. We are proud to be able to recognize him and thank him for his service to our community” commented Tracey Shaw, club mentor.

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Fort Bend literacy council hires new executive director

posted Aug 19, 2013, 9:27 PM by Crissy Nolen

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County announces Kelli Metzenthin as its new executive director.

Metzenthin is a Fort Bend County native and an active community volunteer. She brings more than 12 years of experience in business, fundraising and nonprofit development.

"The literacy council is a wonderful organization - it's all about building a better community and helping people help themselves," said Metzenthin. "It is also about families and children in our community. When adults are motivated to better their life skills, they set examples for their children and pave the way for the next generation of adults and leaders."

Metzenthin said she looks forward to using her skills and experience to benefit the council's many adult learners, to bring even greater awareness to literacy issues and to increase volunteer activities in the Fort Bend County area.

Metzenthin enjoys growing organic vegetables, cooking with her husband and playing with her dog. She serves as an Exchange Club of Fort Bend board member.

For more information about the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, call 281-240-8181 or

Walk with Pride Shoe Program gives thanks to contributors

posted Aug 19, 2013, 9:23 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Aug 19, 2013, 9:25 PM ]

For more than 20 years, Fort Bend County Social Services has hosted the “Walk with Pride Shoe Program” in collaboration with various contributors including charitable organizations, private businesses, and individuals in the community. Each year before school begins, children of low- income families can register to receive a free pair of shoes from select Payless Shoe stores. Contributors shown are: Back Row: Jim Gonzales (IDC Inc.), Pamela Gubbels (Fort Bend Co. Director of Finance & Investments), David Lanagan (Exchange Club of Sugar Land), Zelda & Brian Sosa (Paramount Printing), Darren Frank (Church of Living Waters), Steve Saucedo (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP), Reagan Swinbank (Sprint Fort Bend County Landfill, LP); Front Row:  Rufus Guebara (Free2 Succeed), Nell Ciancarelli (Champion Technologies), Sherry Fisk (Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office), Chip Sutton (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP), Victoria Khan (Frontier Utilities), Gamila Frank (Church of Living Waters), Stella & Alex Sosa (Paramount Printing), Leticia Hernandez (Fort Bend County Social Services); Holding Banner:  April Flores, Kamrin Sosa, Kaylin Sosa.

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FBCWC August 2013

posted Aug 1, 2013, 7:09 PM by Crissy Nolen

Fort Bend County Women's Center

 August 2013



Assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Table of Contents

Client Story-Elizabeth's Dream

Spotlight On Volunteers

Please Help

September Volunteer Training

Introducing V-Blast

Kroger Community Rewards





Quick Links

Client Story

Our Website

Donate Now

Email Us


Client Story-Elizabeth's Dream  

Elizabeth came to our shelter in November of 2012 seeking safety and independence. She was unsure of what she wanted for her future except for one dream... Read More 


Spotlight On  Volunteers 


 From revamping the linen closet to sorting and stocking at PennyWise; from hosting a sub-day to pitching a indoor camp for the children---this summer has been buzzing with very busy volunteers. We cannot express enough gratitude for all the wonderful volunteer groups that have shared their time and love with us this summer. THANK YOU!


Church Without Walls-Mosaic Women's Group

Dental Hygiene Students, Pima Medical Institute

Fort Bend Regional Council

Grace Community Bible Church


National Charity League Lady Birds Chapter

National Charity League Stars Chapter

New Hope Church Youth Mission


Positive Strong Black Entrepreneurs

Saint Theresa's Youth Ministries



Please Help/Donate Canned Foods to Our Shelter 

For more information




Back to School Sale/Tax Free Weekend 

August 9th - 11th



 PennyWise Resale Centers are having a Back-to-School Sale-Tax Free Weekend benefiting The Fort Bend County Women's Center.


All proceeds benefit the FBCWC


A is for 50% off ALL sweaters & coats


B is for 50% off ALL Back-to-School supplies


C is for 50% off clothing (men's, women's & children's clothing, including boutique) that are on the tax free list


See a Sales Associate for full details


Click here for more details


September Volunteer Training 

Interested in working directly with our clients or children? Please join us for our next volunteer training session beginning on September 10th. For more information, visit our Volunteer page or contact Amber Paaso ( or 281-344-5759).


Introducing V-Blast 


Sometimes volunteer needs pop up suddenly! Whether it's helping with a donation drive, a special project or an outreach fair, we can always use a helping hand. To fill these sudden needs, we are introducing V-Blast---a text blast program that will allow us to contact you immediately. This is an optional program. If you would like to sign up, just text the word fbhelps to 72727. That's all there is to it, so please sign up now!



Kroger Community Rewards Program 





Did you know that when you shop

at Kroger, you can help support the

Fort Bend County Women's Center?


Follow These Easy Steps To Enroll Online:


1. Visit


2. Have a valid Kroger Plus Card on hand


3. Use the code 80349


Once you are enrolled,

everytime you shop at Kroger,

just scan your card and Kroger

will proudly donate to the FBCWC.





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This Summer has been "The Summer of the Amazing Volunteers" for Fort Bend County Women's Center. Our dedicated Volunteer Coordinators, Patty Holt and Amber Paaso, have been keeping me up to date on all the wonderful work that is being done by all the fantastic volunteers who give their time and energy to help us assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. Whether they're helping to organize and collect donations at the PennyWise Resale Centers, tackling painting at the shelter, or working one-on-one with clients to help them elevate their skills and self-confidence, our volunteers are




Executive Director, FBCWC





Upcoming Events 



Let's get ready to rock and roll on

August 10th!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors,

this year will be better than ever.  


Title Sponsor-Chevron

Julie & Steve Ewbank 


Frost Bank 



Balcom Agency 

Houston Federal Credit Union 

Whitley Penn, John Null & Don Irby 

David & Marion Young 

Wells Fargo Foundation

Butler Waddell Interests 

First Victoria National Bank 

GEM Insurance 

Matrix Corporation 

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital 


Bank of Texas 

Classic Chevrolet 

Commerce Bank 

Sugar Land Rotary Club 

WJ Interests 

Cozen O'Connor 

Coors Beer





Join Us For Shred Day


 Saturday, August 17th from 9:00am - 12:00pm

(or until the truck gets filled)

Vista Bank Texas

4690 Sweetwater Blvd.

at Lexington in Sugar Land


Free document shredding in exchange for NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES


Benefiting the children of Fort Bend County Women's Center

and co-sponsored by the Fort Bend Star


A new backpack, unused crayons and some pencils really

go a long way toward getting a child ready for the school year.

For More Information

Call 281-325-5000




Friday, August 16th at 6:30pm

Fort Bend Jazzercise

3232 Austin Parkway

Sugar Land



Jazzercise Routine Premier Class benefiting FBCWC

$20 at the door (all proceeds go to the Women's Center)



Side effects may include never having to go up a pant size.

(800) FIT-IS-IT


Asians Against Domestic Abuse (AADA)

Host Back to School Drive for FBCWC


August 17th, 2013 from 10:00am - 2:00pm

Imperial Park Recreation Center

234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, TX 77478


Let's get our children off to a great start this school year!




Amber's Designs & Fine Jewelry

722 Pin Oak Rd., #102, Katy, TX


Hosts a "DAY OF PAMPERING" to benefit the

 Fort Bend County Women's Center


Saturday, August 17th from 10:00am - 1:00pm


Clean out your closets and bring your gently used


clothing and assesssories. Then have fun shopping


for fine jewelry and shoes from The Shoe Bar.


Don't forget to enjoy a relaxing massage.


Contact Amber Gustafson at 281-391-6333





Thank You to all our supporters! 


Casks for Charities Raised over $1,200


FBCWC supporters and craft beer aficionados enjoyed a fun and successful Casks for Charities event, hosted by Joe Harrington (The Barrel & Brew) and John Anderson (No Label Brewing Company). 

Not only did everyone enjoy some delicious food, including chili-sliders, but they also got the first taste of No Label Brewing's newest creation---Peach Blond Ale. We were all there as the first keg was tapped and emptied! 



We would like to thank Jen Vance and all of you for coming out for

a fun time of good cheers and beer.



View all our Thank You notes



To access free and confidential services, call our 24-hour crisis hotline at


CONTACT US: • Phone: 281-344-5750 • Fax: 281-232-5041

P.O. Box 183 • Richmond, TX 77406



Fort Bend County Women's Center is a proud United Way of Greater Houston agency. For more information about the United way, visit




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Vote for HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture

posted Jul 3, 2013, 2:28 PM by Crissy Nolen

Hi Everyone!

My name is Alayna Pagnani.  I used to be a member of the Fort Bend Exchange Club but when I moved jobs to Northwest Houston I could not longer attend the meetings.  I am now a member of the FM1960 Exchange Club in North West Houston.  

I would like to ask a favor of my fellow exchangeites. My new office was nominated for Best Chiropractor in Houston.  We would love to win this! If you could take 2 minutes and vote HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture for Best Chiropractor that would be a Huge help!!! We need all the votes we can get.  

Here is the link to vote for us.

More imporantly if HealthPro can do anything for you please do not hesitate to ask! I really appreciate your time!

Thank you and have a great 4th!


Alayna Pagnani, D.C. 

Alayna Pagnani, D.C., C.Ac.

HealthPro Chiropractic & Acupuncture 

Heal. Commit. Live Healthy. 


p: 281.809.0100

f: 281.809.0198

9720 Cypresswood Drive

Suite 130

Houston, TX 77070 

Former Fort Bend ISD School Board Trustee Marilyn Glover passes away

posted Jul 1, 2013, 6:59 PM by Crissy Nolen

Missouri City resident and former FBISD School Board Trustee Marilyn Glover passed away unexpectedly last Thursday, June 27. She is survived by her husband Albert Glover, a former Missouri City Council member, and her son Calvin Smith.

According to her son Calvin Smith, Glover had fluid in her lungs last Thursday afternoon and was unable to be resuscitated. Glover's funeral will take place on Friday, July 5, at Windsor Village United Methodist Church, 6000 Heatherbrook Drive. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and the funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

"Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Albert and Marilyn Glover’s many family members and friends at this time of great loss. We were saddened to learn that former Fort Bend ISD Trustee Marilyn Glover died unexpectedly last Thursday," said Nancy Porter, Fort Bend ISD's Director of Communications, on behalf of the district. "As a Trustee, she will be remembered for her wonderful smile and tireless concern to serve all children in our community, especially those with the greatest need. We are grateful for her life and are better for her generosity and service to our District and the entire Fort Bend community."

Glover served as FBISD trustee from 2009-2012 and was a resident of Fort Bend County for almost 20 years. She was an Independent Marketing Consultant who previously worked at NASA and as a Southwest Area Personnel Manager, a Legislative, a Domestic Violence Victim’s Advocate and served as Executive liaison for a Fort Bend County Commissioner.

"I have known Marilyn and [her husband] Albert for over 10 years. Marilyn and I had so much in common and shared a passion for public service, specifically public education," said State Rep. Ron Reynolds. "Marilyn was committed to making sure that all children in Fort Bend ISD received a high quality education. We supported some of the same causes including: Child Advocates and Fort Bend Education Foundation. We both are long term residents of Missouri City and proud to volunteer for various causes. I will surely miss her. Heaven got another Angel named Marilyn Glover."

Glover was awarded the first recipient of the 2012 Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc.

Partners in Courage - Volunteer Award. She was an Honorable Mention recipient of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Annual Team Excellence Awards for 2010 and a member of the Texas Association of School Board’s Leadership Academy – Class of 2011-2012.

Glover was also a member of the School Board Advocacy Network, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bend Child Advocates Board, Children’s Advocacy Center Council, Fort Bend County Library Board, Parks Youth Ranch Advisory Board, Fort Bend Family Health Center Advisory Board, Fort Bend County Women’s Center Council of Resource and the Literacy Council Advisory Board.

She also volunteered with the Fort Bend YMCA, Sugar Land Exchange Club, Fort Bend Exchange Club, Fort Bend Regional Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Fort Bend Women’s Ctr. Board.

"Marilyn and Albert have been dear friends of my family for many years. My daughter actually called her 'Aunt Marilyn.' Albert served as a City Council Member during part of my term as Mayor and Marilyn just finished serving as a Fort Bend ISD Board Member. Both of them have been very active in many ways in our community. Marilyn always had a smile on her face and laughter in her heart," said Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen. "She enjoyed life and loved doing for others. I know God had a need for Marilyn to help him fulfill a special job that was unique whatever it was. We will all miss her very much, but will remember the many fun times we had together and how she touched each of our lives in a different way. May God hold the family in his arms and give them comfort during this very difficult time in their lives."

By Cory Stottlemyer

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Have you heard the newzzz?

posted Jun 26, 2013, 9:11 PM by Crissy Nolen


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4th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee


Have you heard the newzzzzz? The Literacy Council of Fort Bend is preparing for our 4th annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee! Even if you're not a champion speller, come watch local corporations, friends and family members compete against one another in this exciting event. Individual Spectator Bee tickets are $40 in advance, and there are numerous ways for you and/or your company to participate. We hope to see you at the Bee on Thursday, September 12, 2013!  




Septmeber 12, 2013
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.




Sugar Land, TX 77479









Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact Christina Guerra at for more information on joining the 2013 Bee Committee.

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Men's Health Expo

posted Jun 26, 2013, 7:36 AM by Crissy Nolen

Hello all,

The flyer below describes the Men's Health Fair this Saturday 6/29 at Constellation Field.

There will be a classic car show, and free screenings for a variety of health concerns (including varicose veins, for which I will do screening exams and have an ultrasound tech take quick looks at the veins to see what’s happening).

There's also going to be a drawing for a set of Skeeter's tickets for that night.

Come on out--should be enjoyable, with good weather too!

--Dr. Malik Kutty

FBCWC May 2013 eNewsletter

posted May 10, 2013, 9:45 AM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Jul 1, 2013, 11:35 AM ]

Fort Bend County Women's Center

May 2013



Assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Table of Contents

Upcoming Events

PennyWise and Donations

Thank You




Quick Links

Client Story

Our Website

Donate Now

Email Us


A Diploma in Hand

We are always so proud when one of our clients accomplishes a milestone. This past month Dayren received her high school equivalency. We couldn't be more proud! Congratulations Dayren! See a picture


We Are The Champions

It's not just the start of Queen's famous anthem. Your own Fort Bend County Women's Center is the champion of the Bean category of the 2013 Classic Chevrolet Chili Cook-Off! To promote sexual assault awareness, the team called themselves the Chill-It Chilis and served up Na-CHO Chili (get it? Not yo' chili) as a tongue-in-cheek reminder to protect your boundaries and body.


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April showers bring May flowers and so many things are just "blooming" here at the Women's Center! We thank you for your support this year and look forward to blooming more together as the year progresses. This Sunday is also Mother's Day. We honor all the mothers who have come to the Women's Center and found the strength to start new violence-free lives. Their accomplishments amaze us every day!


Have a wonderful Mother's Day and enjoy the first of our summer weather!




Executive Director, FBCWC





Upcoming Events 

Music Fest 2013 featuring America on August 10

Article ImageIt's time to rock and roll at everyone's favorite summer concert - Music Fest! This year America will take the stage at Stafford Centre with their well-known 70's brand of folk rock tunes such as "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man" and "Horse with No Name". Please join us as a sponsor! Sponsorships and tickets only on sale until June 12! More information





PennyWise and Donations 

PennyWise is Going Online!

Starting May 20, customers will be able to shop at PennyWise from the comfort of their own homes. PennyWise's new eCommerce site will launch with great finds such as collectible Madame Alexander dolls, a Buffet Crampon clarinet, Coach and other designer purses and much more. The best part is that with every purchase, customers will be continuing to help change the lives of the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault served by the Women’s Center. Keep an eye out for a special email announcing the launch!




Thank You 


Thank you to Stars, title sponsors Sweetwater Ob/Gyn, Houston Fertility Institute, Dr. Jay Shenaq, M.D., F.A.C.S., all sponsors, vendors, volunteers and Giggle attendees! At the May 2 Stars general meeting, Stars presented the Women's Center with a check for $127,650 - the proceeds from Giggle 2013. We are so grateful and know that this money will enrich the lives of so many of the women and children we serve.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month Supporters

Thank you to all who raised awareness of sexual assault in April! A special thanks to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, City of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Police Department, Officer Amy Cummins, Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, PCCA, The Body Shop at First Colony Mall, Japaneiro's Sushi Bistro and Latin Grill, Guru's Burgers and Crepes and Another Time Soda Fountain. We appreciate your support. You save lives!



View all our Thank You notes



To access free and confidential services, call our 24-hour crisis hotline at


CONTACT US: • Phone: 281-344-5750 • Fax: 281-232-5041

P.O. Box 183 • Richmond, TX 77406



Fort Bend County Women's Center is a proud United Way of Greater Houston agency. For more information about the United way, visit




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National Oilwell Varco to be a Presenting Sponsor and Invitation Sponsor for Child Advocates of Fort Bend Gala

posted Apr 24, 2013, 8:43 PM by Crissy Nolen

National Oilwell Varco will be one of four presenting sponsors for Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Treasures Under the Sea Gala on May 4, 2013. The event, which will take place at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, promises to be an elegant and fun evening. Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Indo American Forum of Fort Bend, and Sysco Corporation will also serve as presenting sponsors. Carole and Bob Brown are honorary chairs. Michele Fisher of The New 93Q will serve as the evening’s emcee. Shown L to R are: Mike Matta of National Oilwell Varco, Dian Matta, Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford, Louisa Adelung, and Denny Adelung of National Oilwell Varco. 

Want to join in the fun? Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities are still available and range from $1,500 to $10,000. Individual tickets are available for $125. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item, volunteering or attending the event, please call 281-344-5108 or visit for more details.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice, healing the hurt and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates touches the lives of more than 400 children each month.

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