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FBCWC October 2012 eNewsletter

posted Oct 10, 2012, 11:02 PM by Crissy Nolen

Fort Bend County Women's Center

October 2012



Assisting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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Clara's Story

Upcoming Events

News from PennyWise Resale Centers

Thank You




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Client Story

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Donate Now

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first general meeting of 2012-2013 and our Giggle Kick-Off! Take a look at some of our pictures from the night and Like our Facebook page. Our next General Meeting will be on December 7. If you would like to join Stars or for more information, please visit our Stars page.


Clara's Story  

Imagine finally getting away from your abuser only to have him call you from prison to tell you he's getting out and coming for you? Learn how the Women's Center helped Clara and her children escape violence once again.


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Dear Crissy,


I hijacked Vita’s letter this month because it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I wanted to share my recently increased “awareness”. I have been involved with the Women’s Center for five years, the last two as an employee. For five years, I have told others and always believed that domestic violence can affect anyone – regardless of race, creed, financial status or language. I held babies in our shelter, rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night to advocate for sexual assault victims, spoke at meetings and my heart and soul grieved for and admired the survivors we assisted. But domestic violence never touched me. Then three weeks ago, a friend asked me to help another friend. Her husband had been verbally and emotionally abusing her for years. A week after that, another friend asked me to help yet another one of our friends whose husband suddenly turned violent one night having never been this way before. Two friends needed the Women’s Center’s help within one week. It finally turned personal.


The first thing that hit me was that these women had suffered in silence. How many more of my friends do the same? The second was the admiration I have for my colleagues. Our case managers, counselors and other programs staff helped both these women immediately. They offered them compassion, options and a listening ear. I feel so privileged to be a part of this great organization and I thank all of you, our supporters and volunteers, for making it possible for the Women’s Center to do the work we do. I could share a bunch of stats on domestic violence with you, but the message is simple – People suffer abuse in silence and it really does touch us all, whether we know it or not. Help us let everyone know there is help by talking about domestic abuse and where to get help. Let people know that you’re involved with the Women’s Center. You never know who might be listening and need a helping hand.


“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Theresa 



Public Relations and Development Manager, FBCWC 




Upcoming Events 

Platinum Giggle Tickets on Sale EARLY - Oct. 18!

Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to get your Platinum Giggle tickets. Only 100 will be available this year! These tickets will allow you to enter Fluor's Diva Den 15 minutes early and also give you early access to Diva Dining. Platinum tickets are $100 each.

When: Thursday, October 18 

Where: Guru Burgers and Crepes from 11 am - 4 pm

Blu from 5 pm - 8 pm



Kick Off Boogie 2013 on October 24!

Help us kick off Boogie 2013 - Happy Days in Your Classic Chevrolet, a tribute to classic TV! 

Learn more about the event and be a part of the fun by joining one of the various committees including silent auction, live auction, sponsorship, advertising and lots more!

When: Wednesday, October 24
6 pm - 7:30 pm

Hosted by: Classic Chevrolet, 13115 Southwest Freeway at
Hwy 90A, Sugar Land, TX

RSVP by Friday, October 21: boogie@fortbendwomenscenter or 832-435-1322


17th Annual Ramsay Gillman Charitable Golf Tournament - November 5

We are less than a month away from everyone's favorite golf tournament benefiting the Women's Center! Join as an individual player or team. Don't play golf? Not a problem! What about sponsoring a hole? Sponsorships start at just $250. Or why not donate a raffle item with your company's name? All proceeds benefit Women's Center clients and their children. Click here for player and sponsorship information.


We also need volunteers to watch the Hole-in-One and Bubba Drive, hand out tee gifts, help with our raffle and act as runners. Are you available and over 21 years old? Please contact Patty Holt, Volunteer Coordinator for Special Events at 281.344.5761 or to volunteer!




Other October Events




News from PennyWise Resale Centers 


Whole Foods Community Giving Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17

Join us Wednesday, October 17 for the Whole Foods Sugar Land Community Giving Day! There are 2 great ways you can help!


1. SHOP! 5% of gross sales for the day at Whole Foods Sugar Land will be donated to the Fort Bend Women's Center


2. DONATE! We will have a PennyWise truck in the parking lot from 10 am - 4 pm to collect all your donations. This is a great time to clean out your closets to make room for winter wear! We'll be accepting everything from furniture to clothing to housewares!


Whole Foods Sugar Land is located at 15900 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX.




Thank You 


Article ImageThank you to all the ExxonMobil volunteers that made the United Way Day of Caring a huge success! Special thanks to the site leads, Andrew Dorow and Meredith Jeffrey, for their leadership and their team of 64 volunteers that accrued 834 volunteer hours.


These volunteers built a new fence at our shelter and then re-purposed the old wood into bird houses for our children to paint, updated the kitchen at our Hamrah aftercare center, planted trees and even fixed a software glitch on our assistant shelter director's computer. They also brought lunch for our clients and donated diapers, toys and clothing. Thank you ExxonMobil!


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Dave Anderson and Jan Smith hosted a unique party on September 29. They asked their guests to bring a piece of jewelry to donate to the women at our shelter. What a wonderful way to remind these women that they are priceless and all are "jewels" in their own way! Dave and Jan collected more than 1400 pieces of jewelry for our women that night. What a wonderful treat!


Music Fest

Article ImageThank you to all our sponsors,

volunteers and supporters! We hope you enjoyed the night and Rick Springfield. We look forward to seeing you next year!


Thank You Emerson Process Management

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Thank You Groth Corporation

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

P.O. Box 183 • Richmond, TX 77406



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