The Taste for a Cause Experience

Posted on September 15, 2017

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So you've heard a lot about Taste for a Cause so far- how we will have an auction and a distillery tour. But what are the REAL details of the event? Check out what is going to make Taste for a Cause an experience to remember! 

BONNIE AND NICK NORRIS 

Like fun fiddle music? While you sip your hand crafted cocktails Bonnie and Nick Norris will serenade you with upbeat and energetic music. They have quite a following- you get to see why! 

CREATIVE CUISINE 

Get a taste of Denton County with the elaborate spread at Taste for a Cause! We partnered with some of your favorites.. 

  • Boca 31- Tasty ceviche shooters and a taco station 

  • Hannah's on the Square- A gourmet spread of eclectic bites 

  • Fresco's-  Crispy brisket taquitos and chicken flautas with guacamole ranch 

  • Rachel's Riding Lawn Mower- Gourmet french fries with a ketchup flight! 

  • Prohibition Chicken- Chicken oysters (basically fancy chicken nuggets)  

And more...  

These fun bites pair perfectly with Witherspoon Distillery hand crafted cocktails! 

EXPERIENCES 

Ever been to an auction where the most "exciting" thing they had was a gift card to a restaurant? Not here! Our silent and live auction items are packaged to be full experiences for you to share with your friends and family. Here is a sneak peak.. 

  • A Slice of Paradise- Take in a full week of sunshine at a luxury Mexican resort! Swim up bars, massages sent straight to your room, crystal clear waters and beautiful golf courses- priceless. 

  • Fun Flight- Hop on a Delta Charlies flight with your favorite person for a private flight tour over Dallas paired with a three course meal! 

  • Sips- Wine and dine with your whole group of friends (up to 20 people!) with tasty bites to pair with your drinks 

And that's just the preview!  

Don't miss out on the fun- join us at Taste for a Cause! 

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WHAT YOU'RE SUPPORTING 

Of course, Taste for a Cause will be a fun-filled event but even more it's an opportunity to show your support for women and children who are victims of sexual and domestic violence right here in our community. Your support ensures we can continue providing comprehensive services like emergency shelter, counseling, play therapy, legal advocacy and the ability to connect victims with resources.  Thank you for investing in safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention! 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS!  

Dennis and Daniel Bloom

The Wright Firm

Teri Watkins

Your Home Free

Wheelhouse Realty

Doug and Bonnie Robison

Regions Bank

Navarrette Bowen Family Law

Full List of Sponsors

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A Day in the Life

Posted on September 6, 2017
No matter how many statistics you memorize, imagining what actually goes on in a day in the life of a victim of domestic violence is a whole other ball game. Understanding, objectively, the effects of trauma and violence is the first step to creating a better world in which to live, but the reality of life after abuse is something completely different. Survivors know this. As many times as they may try, it can be so hard to open up to their support system(s) about the daily struggles they deal with – because they know that as much as someone may want to, how could anyone else possibly understand? 
 
 
Our theme for North Texas Giving Day is #ADayInTheLife to highlight some of those daily struggles and enable our community to better empathize with survivors of violence. While you read this blog I want to ask this of you: take off the lens through which you see the world and try to put yourself in this woman's shoes. 
 
A Day in the Life of Samantha  
30 years old, recently-divorced survivor of domestic violence 
 
Tuesday 
 
7:00 AM: You hear the alarm clock go off and sleepily hit snooze. Getting up is difficult in the mornings because you rarely sleep well. Most nights you have at least one nightmare reliving past experiences of abuse. Some nights you wake up with a jolt of anxiety after them and are unable to go back to sleep.  
 
 
8:00 AM: You pour yourself coffee while you cook your son's breakfast. He is 7 years old and has been having a hard time with the divorce. In an effort to protect him, you did everything you could to hide the abuse from him while it was happening and booked a million play dates to get him out of the house. His sweet friends' parents – he spent more nights at their houses this summer than he did at yours! But that was intentional. As a result, he does not know a lot about the abuse and does not understand why the family is not together anymore. He has become sullen and withdrawn, and you are worried about what to do. 
 
 
10:00 AM: You have dropped your son off at school and have spent the last hour at work. You hate your job, but you know that you are lucky to have it. Your ex-husband had not allowed you to work in years, so that he could keep you financially dependent upon him, so your résumé was far from impressive. The only job that you could get on short notice with little experience was at a call center, so you have the fun job of working in customer service (lucky you!).  
 
 
11:00 AM: On days like today your job is hard. REALLY HARD. You know that you perform much better at this job when you are happy and upbeat on the phone, but it is almost impossible when your depression is kicking in. Your brain feels foggy and sluggish and all you can think is – I hate this job, what was I thinking trying to go out on my own? Will I ever find someone who loves me again? Is this life any better than the one I was living before? You try to ignore these negative thoughts and get through the day, but every second there is another self-doubt on your mind and it weighs you down like an anchor. Your coworker notices and asks you what is wrong. You say you're just tired and that you will do better tomorrow. What else could you say? 
 
 
12:30 PM: It's lunch time and you make your way out of the office. You get in your car and pull out your phone to check your bank account balance. $50. Yikes. You have worked with someone to help you budget your money and spend it wisely, but with your lack of job experience there is just not a lot that you can be making. Paying rent and putting food on the table for yourself and your son takes a large toll. Looks like another day of cheap fast food. People keep telling you to eat better and take good care of yourself, that it will make you feel better. You know that they're right, but on your budget what choice do you have? 
 
 
3:30 PM: You take a quick break from work and check Facebook. On your News Feed are status updates from people you haven't spoken to in years. Your ex-husband pretty quickly cut you off from your friends and family after the wedding. You have spent years feeling isolated and dependent, without having anyone you truly call a friend. If you ever dared to reach out to someone and get connected again, you knew there would be retribution waiting at home, so you didn't. You scroll down and come across the update from your former best friend – she just got engaged! You want to post some congratulations and yearn to reach out but are too embarrassed to know where to start. How could you explain to her why you cut her off before; would she even want to be your friend again? 
 
 
5:00 PM: FINALLY! You bolt out of the office and make your way to your son's school. You are starting to feel a little better that you got through the day and look forward to spending some time with your son. When you walk in the classroom to pick him up his teacher stops you and asks for a few minutes of your time. For the next 10 minutes, she tells you about some behavioral problems your son has been exhibiting. She is concerned that he may be depressed and asks if everything is okay at home. You tell her about the divorce but leave out the abuse. Teachers are mandatory reporters, right? If there is any sign of abuse anywhere near a child, aren’t they required by law to report it to CPS? You're not sure exactly of the rules, but you know that there is no way you will ever put yourself in a position to lose custody. Your son is all that you have and vice versa; no one is taking him away because of the choices that your ex-husband made. Whatever needs to be done to help him, you feel like you have to do it alone. 
 
 
6:00 PM: You are home and cooking dinner. You try not to let yourself go there, but your mind keeps wandering back to what the teacher was telling you. Is my son depressed? Is he angry with me for leaving his father? He must be so confused. And then the worst thought – is this my fault? Did I do this to him and cause him this pain? Did I make the wrong choice? 
 
 
Survivors of domestic violence are at high risk for depression and anxiety, which makes all these little bumps feel drastically harder with which to deal. This is why Friends of the Family is here! We are here to walk a client and their son through counseling and play therapy and start working through some of that depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We are here to provide food from our pantry so that they can eat healthy foods and take care of themselves. Our advocates are here to walk through CPS reporting and begin connecting them with opportunities to provide for themselves and their children. No one deserves to be abused, and for anyone who has or is experiencing these things – it is NOT your fault! 
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Welcome Cassandra!

Posted on August 30, 2017

It is our pleasure to introduce the newest member of our Prevention, Community Education, and Awareness Department - Cassandra Berry!

Cassandra is the Our Community Matters Program Coordinator.  The Our Community Matters Program (OCMP) is focused on providing community education and awareness information/events to the often underserved population of African-American victims and survivors of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence and their children in the Denton County community.  

Each ethnicity or race has its own unique personality and inclination (or not) towards the therapeutic and healing process.  As service providers, it is our job to recognize these sensitivities as well as any barriers we contribute that might hinder a successful outcome. The OCMP is designed to help discuss these sensitivities and barriers in a genuine and validating way; this program hopes to shine light onto statistics and conversations that are often not discussed. This program can’t thrive without community partnerships and stakeholders such as churches, businesses, schools, etc.  

Cassandra would love to tell you more about Denton County Friends of the Family and the Our Community Matters Program. If you would be interested in scheduling a time to meet in person about the overall purpose of this program or any additional services we provide, or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, she’d be happy to answer them. 

Cassandra can be contacted at CBerry@dcfof.org or 940-387-5131 x241. 

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Denton Bridge Studio Supports DCFOF

Posted on August 17, 2017

(Denton Bridge Studio members with Lin Jones holding the check)

Denton, TX- Denton Bridge Studio Club is a local organization whose "goal is to enjoy and promote the game of duplicate bridge. Bridge combines socializing with competition, luck with skill, and individual flair with partnership cooperation." In addition to having a fantastic time playing what they will tell you is "beyond doubt the best game in the world" the Denton Bridge Studio gives back to the community through charity games. This year Denton County Friends of the Family is honored to be the recipient of those funds!

Lin Jones, Facility Manager of the Bridge Club and all around great person, was the one who really went above and beyond to secure the winning prize of $500 for Denton County Friends of the Family. Lin is a retired police officer, and spent her career witnessing and fighting against violent criminals. After seeing the crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault repeat themselves over and over again, she understands the critical importance of the work DCFOF does for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

"We wanted to choose the charity that did the most good and benefitted the local community", says Lin. "[Denton County has been growing exponentially in the last decade], and we know that the more people that need help the more resources you need, and cops need all the help they can get to make our community safer".

For more about Friends of the Family visit: www.dcfof.org

For more about the Denton Bridge Studio visit: http://www.dentonbridgestudio.com/

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Trend Alert!

Posted on August 10, 2017

When you shop at the DCFOF Thrift Store you are directly contributing to the lifesaving services provided to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. All proceeds of the store go right back into services for our clients, and directly impacts our ability to help more women and children. Your purchase helps us continue to provide emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, play therapy, sexual assault advocacy, a career resource center, food pantry, and 24 hour crisis line. 

In addition to being a source of income for our agency, the DCFOF Thrift Store is a great resource for our clients. 99% of domestic violence victims have been financially abused, meaning that they do not have access to financial resources. Their abuser may not have allowed them to work, not allowed them access to a bank account, or ruined their credit intentionally to make them dependent on the abuser. After being financially abused the road to self sufficiency can be long and difficult. Buying themselves and their children clothes many times is the last thing on their list of expenses. 

This is where the thrift store comes in! When we have clients that need new clothing or household items we are able to give them gift cards to the DCFOF Thrift Store. After a time of not having the ability to shop for themselves and their children, being able to walk up to that check out counter and buy themselves something new can be so empowering! 

Our thrift store manager, Eva, will be publishing a quarterly Trend Alert blog to keep you up to date on what’s new at the thrift store! Check out the first one- 

  

Trend Alert: Pantsuits and spaghetti straps are back! 

 Pantsuits and spaghetti straps: With several weeks of summer left it’s not too late to get into this hot summer trend and pull off this haute look. You don’t have to go out and spend hundreds for a terrific 70’s inspired style that is so comfortable. No need to pay $75-$100 at designer stores when I found this great look at Denton County Friends of The Family Thrift Store for $6.00.  

Besides my obsession with the pantsuit, summer spaghetti shoulder dresses have me going bananas. Pair either of these styles with a wedge sandal and large hoop ear rings.                    

Come by and shop our great looks or donate your gently used items. Our staff is here to help you Monday- Saturday 10-6 at 1614 W. University, Denton, TX. 76201. Your donations provide valuable services to Women, Children and Men in our community. Please call us at 940-387-1750 if you need to schedule a furniture pick up.  

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North Texas Giving Day

Posted on August 2, 2017

Denton County Friends of the Family is excited to be participating in North Texas Giving Day! According to the Communities Foundation of Texas, "North Texas Giving Day is Communities Foundation of Texas' annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas nonprofits that is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, [and] area wide collaboration. North Texas Giving Day's goal is to help build awareness and support for nonprofits in the North Texas region." 

This day is extra special because YOUR DOLLAR GOES FURTHER! When you give on North Texas Giving Day, those funds are bonused by the Communities Foundation of Texas- so Friends of the Family will get even more support for our lifesaving programs. 

Check out all the fun our community had last year! 

DCFOF is celebrating this campaign with the theme "A Day in the Life". From now until the event on September 14th, we will be posting about various barriers that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault face every day. Thriving after suffering abuse is not an easy feat, and every day can be a new challenge. But that's why we're here- and why we are so proud of the services that we provide! 

SAVE THE DATE 

September 14th, 6:00am-midnight 

(Giving Available September 7th-14th, and will be processed on the 14th) 

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