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. Because survivors often must flee their homes with little or no money or personal items, it can be difficult for them to provide gifts for their children. This is an added worry for many of our clients.
If you would like to help us manage the increased need in our shelter and make the holidays a little brighter for local survivors of domestic violence, check out our holiday needs list below!
Laundry detergent (pods or liquid)
Twin Sheets & Comforters
Pots & Pans
Winter Coats (women, children, and men)
Christmas gifts for children and teens(toys, scarves, gloves, winter hats, gift cards, etc.)
Christmas gifts for adult clients (lotion, scarves, gloves, winter hats, nail polish, gift cards, etc.)
You may drop off donations at:
First Step Administrative Office
624 Indiana Ave, Ste. 304, Wichita Falls, TX,
M-F, 7:30am to 4:30pm
For any questions, call (940)723-7799
As always, thank you for supporting First Step and the survivors we serve!
Thank you to everyone who came out to honor survivors and victims of domestic violence at our Candlelight Vigil! We had a great turnout this year and definitely felt the love and support of our community. Pictured below are photos of our Education Coordinator, Chantel Grant, with Mayor Glenn Barham and guest speakers Dr. Andrea Button of Midwestern State University and Chief Manuel Borrego of the Wichita Falls Police Department.
Mayor Glenn Barham
Dr. Andrea Button
Chief Manuel Borrego
This free event will include a candle lighting ceremony honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence, guest speaker Dr. Andrea Button, additional guest speakers from SAFB and Wichita Falls PD, and music by the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Be sure to follow our Facebook page to keep up with all we’re doing at First Step to help spread awareness. Click the Facebook icon below to check out our page.
The First Step Administrative Team taking a stand against Domestic Violence
Want to help?
There are many ways to help spread awareness of domestic violence.
Talk about it with friends, family members, and coworkers!
Change your Facebook picture to a purple ribbon!
Put a nail in it! Paint your nails purple.
Arrange a donation drive for your local domestic violence shelter. Collect donations of clothing, food, household goods, toiletries, or money from family, friends, and/or coworkers and deliver them to your local DV shelter.
As always, thank you for supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault!
The First Step Family Store accepts donations of new and gently used clothing and household items from 10am to 3pm every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Drop off donations at 911 Indiana Ave, Wichita Falls, TX at the back of the store.
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.
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!