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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Summer Fun for First Step Kids – THANK YOU Optimist Club!

Members of our local chapter of the Optimist Club generously sponsored our Summer Fun Initiative to ensure the children in our shelter had a summer full of treats and activities.  The summer break has come to an end, and we can safely say the children at the First Step shelter have had a summer filled with outings, entertainment, delicious treats, indoor and outdoor fun, and special parties just for them.  Our clients, staff, board members, and volunteers are humbled by the kindness shown by the Optimist Club of Wichita Falls and want them to know their donation brought many smiles to lots of little faces!

Check out the pictures below to see what kind of fun our kiddos got into this summer.

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Surprise Donut Day with Extra Sprinkles!
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Ice Cream Sundae Party with Extra Sprinkles!summerfun1summerfun2A Day of Games, Skating, Go Karts, Floaty Boats, and..you guessed it, Pizza!plex summer fun

This was a special summer, and the kids had so much fun.

Through no fault of their own, children of domestic violence come to our shelter from challenging circumstances, are suddenly displaced from their homes, and are often consumed with adult worries.  Thanks to the Optimist Club of Wichita Falls, we were able to make this time of transition as normal and as uplifting as possible.  Thank you for the Summer Fun!

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First Step Furniture Drive: August 1st!


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First Step, Inc. is having a furniture drive this Saturday, August 1st, at 102 Falcon Blvd, SAFB, TX (at the main entrance of Freedom Estates) from 9:00am to 12:00pm!

This event is being held to help our clients, who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  All too often these survivors have to leave their homes without any personal items,  including furniture.  One of the ways we obtain necessities for our clients is through gracious donations from members of our community. Help us help survivors on their path to empowerment as they start a  life free from violence.  If you have any gently used furniture that you no longer need, please consider donating it to a survivor.  Representatives from First Step, Inc. will be there to collect and unload your donation.  

As always, thank you for your support! 

If you have any questions, please call (940) 692-4494.

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First Step News: Fresh Flower Donation!

Thank you to David Moreno and Market Street United for donating fresh flowers to the First Step shelter.  Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault deserve to have a beautiful space to stay.  Thank you for your contribution!

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