You’re invited: Due to limited seating, pre registration is required. Registration will close October 4th, 2017.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), First Step will be hosting its 15th annual Candlelight Vigil “Out of the Shadows, Beacons of Light in the Darkness” on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Wellington Banquet and Conference Center (5200 Kell West Blvd. Wichita Falls, TX). Registration for this event is required due to limited seating. Registration will end October 4th, 2017. To register for the candlelight vigil, click here. There is no cost to attend, but as always, we rely on the generosity of the community to continue offering our services to our clients. Click here to make a donation.
During DVAM, our aim is to highlight some of the major issues faced by survivors, and to honor those who have passed away as a result. Domestic Violence thrives in silence and only together can we heal our communities by speaking up, speaking out and letting our voices be heard collectively.
Light refreshments will be served.
First Step, Inc. will be hosting a series of presentations given by renowned expert on sexual assault, student safety and decision-making skills, Katie Koestner. Ms. Koestner has appeared on the cover of TIME magazine and the Oprah Winfrey show, and was the first date rape survivor to speak out nationally. The presentations will cover the topics of consent, sexual assault and safety.
Ms. Koestner is set to speak at three venues on Wednesday, August 30th 2017:
If you would like more information about this event, please contact
Jessica Ditson of SAFB at (940) 676 2093
Dean Jim Nordone of Vernon College at (940) 552 6291 ext. 2250
Dr. Pam Midgett of MSU Counseling Center at (940) 397 4618
Or call First Step at (940) 723 7799.
As part of an overall strategic process to focus on our mission and better serve those in need of our service in our community, the First Step Board of Directors has decided to close the First Step Resale Store at the end of the business day on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Donations will continue to be accepted through Thursday, May 25, 2017. To all those who have donated, together with those who have volunteered at the Store, the Board sincerely thanks you and we extend our deepest appreciation for all you have done to address the critical needs in our community.
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.