Supporting Survivors During the Holiday Season

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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.  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 needs list below!

Towels/Wash Cloths

Laundry detergent (pods or liquid)

Pillows

Twin Sheets & Comforters

Food Storage Containers

Pots & Pans

Snack foods

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!

 

 

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Thank you!

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.

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Mayor Barham

Mayor Glenn Barham

Dr. Andrea Button

Dr. Andrea Button

Chief Manuel Borrego

Chief Manuel Borrego

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First Step’s Annual Candlelight Vigil

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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.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

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

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!talk

Change your Facebook picture to a purple ribbon!

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Put a nail in it!  Paint your nails purple.

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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.

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

 

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Cleaning out your closets?

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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.

 

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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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