Support Survivors: Motorcycle Run and Bully Bash

Bikers Against Bullying is hosting a Fun Run and Bully Bash after party with ticket sales going to First Step of Wichita Falls! Ride in the motorcycle run or join us for food and fun at the Bully Bash. See flier for more details.

Tickets are available now for $20 each.
Contact Paige (Happy) at 940-642-1794
or purchase your tickets at the First Step Administrative office at 624 Indiana Ste. 304, Wichita Falls, TX during regular business hours.

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Members of the First Step Shelter Staff are Turning Texas Teal in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month!

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Stay up to date on the work we do at First Step and issues regarding Sexual and Domestic Violence by following us on Facebook at First Step Inc.

For nine EXCELLENT tips on how to respond to survivors of sexual assault, check out this link: How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

As always, thank you for supporting the survivors we serve!

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MSU Theatre Department Supports Survivors of DV and SA!

MSU Theatre’s Pi Delta chapter of Alpha Psi Omega will be presenting A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer this weekend. All ticket sales will be donated to First Step, Inc. of Wichita Falls! Join us for a great evening of theatre, and please share!

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How to Help Survivors of DV during the Holidays

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Though the holiday season is a joyous time for many, it can be an especially challenging time for survivors of domestic violence.  November through January is a busy time at the First Step Shelter; we typically see an increase in the number of survivors seeking help and safety. During this time of the year, many survivors need additional emotional support from First Step staff members, survivor advocates, and counselors.  Also, it must be mentioned that roughly 45% of our shelter residents are children who have fled violent homes with a parent.  Because survivors often must flee their homes with little or no money or personal items, it can be difficult for them to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

Due to the increased volume at the First Step Shelter during the holiday season, First Step is reaching out for community support.  You can help support survivors of domestic violence by:

 

*Contributing to our Shelter Needs List and Holiday Wish-list

-click the links above for printable lists

 

*Donating a coat for our Coat Drive

-drop off new or gently used coats at the First Step Family Store (911 Indiana, Wichita Falls, TX 76301)

 

*Making a monetary donation to First Step

-at www.firststep.org/donate

or

-mail a check to PO Box 4085, Wichita Falls, TX 76308

 

As always, thank you for supporting the survivors we serve!

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Support First Step at the Gingerbread Jubilee!

Here are a few pictures of First Step’s submission for the Gingerbread House Auction hosted by the Nonprofit Center of Wichita Falls! The auction will be held on December 3rd at 7:00pm at the Wichita Falls Country Club.  For more information about the event, including opportunities to decorate your own gingerbread house, visit the Nonprofit Center Website or Facebook Page.

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First Step News: Candlelight Vigil 2015


Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Candlelight Vigil a success!  Below are some pictures from the event.

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First Step cupcakes and purple ribbons to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month

First Step cupcakes and purple ribbons to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Volunteers light candles honoring the victims and survivors of DV in the counties we serve

The Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

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Volunteers from SAFB light candles to honor survivors and victims of DV in the counties we serve

 

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As always, thank you for supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  If you’re interested in helping local survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, you may VolunteerDonate, or check out our Needs List.

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First Step Candlelight Vigil 2015

This event will include a candle lighting ceremony honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence, two guest speakers, Chief Manuel Borrego and Barbara Brewer, music by the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, and light refreshments.

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First Step Fun Run!

With the support of our local biker community, First Step, Inc. is hosting a Fun Run on October 17, 2015! We’re happy to have their support and excited for the event. If you’re interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering, call Vicki at (940)723-7799.

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Put the Nail in It! Help End Domestic Violence

Put the nail in it and help end domestic violence by painting one or all of your nails purple!  This is a fun, easy way to show support for survivors of domestic violence and participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Join the First Step staff in putting the nail in it!

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To learn more about the Put the Nail in It Campaign, visit Put the Nail in It.

To support First Step in our work to end domestic violence, you may Donate, Volunteer, or check out our Shelter Needs List.

As always, thank you for supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault!

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First Step News: Legacy Car Club Supports Survivors

For the second year in a row, all proceeds from the Legacy Car/Truck/Bike Show will be donated to First Step!  We are honored to have their support and hope to see you there!legacycarclub

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