Posted on March 1, 2018

Our Board Rocks!

We are so excited to have such a passionate crew investing in safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention. Last night was our first Board Orientation for 2018. In order to stay in line with Texas Health and Human Services training requirements all new board members go through a thorough orientation. In addition, all current board members receive a refresher every 2 years. With an almost $5 million budget and thousands of women and children throughout our community receiving services every year it's crucial for our board to be up to date and educated. Last night we did just that! 

We kicked off the training our agency history, a financial snapshot and organizational structure. Over the past 38 years Denton County Friends of the Family has grown to a staff of over 65, hundreds of active volunteers, a 4,400 square foot shelter, an Outreach Office providing direct client services through legal advocacy, counseling and play therapy, 2 thrift stores, a Denton satellite office with our Transitional Housing Program, and The Prevention Center housing our Battering, Intervention, and Prevention Program as well as our Prevention, Education, and Awareness Program. Our leadership team rocks and has help our agency increase overall capacity so we can continue fulfilling the growing need for services for victims of sexual and domestic violence across Denton County. As the sole provide of comprehensive services for victims it is critical that we can grow as our populations grow. We are grateful for the ongoing support of numerous community partners, YOU make the difference. 

Check out a few takeaways and highlights from Board Orientation: 

  • Reviewing the Power and Control Wheel  which helps understand the type of tactics seen in an abusive relationship and dynamics of domestic violence 
  • The Hope & Healing Children's wing at out Outreach Office (coming soon!) enabling the Children's Program to have 2 additional play therapy rooms
  • The success of our Transitional Housing Program helping 4 women since it's launch on January 16th, 2018 
  • The safety and hope that echoed through the numerous client stories our Directors shared as they talked about each of their program areas 

Our personal favorite is an activity facilitated by our Prevention, Education, and Awareness Director, Hillarye Hightower. In Her Shoes is an interactive scenario based education tool. It highlights, through story telling, what a victim goes through as they are experiencing abuse from their partner, caring for their children and balancing the challenges that arrive in everyday life including financial barriers or a car breaking down. Our board members participated by moving to different living options, thinking about life as a victim and making choices based upon what they think she would do. This interactive scenario helps provide insight into the choices, challenges, barriers, fear, frustration and overall chaos that our client's face on a daily basis. 

Thank you to each and every board member that attended Board Orientation and invested in safety, hope, healing, justice, and prevention for victims of sexual and domestic violence. 1 in 4 women are victims of violence and it takes a community to truly make an impact. THANK YOU!

If you would like to learn more about our education programs, volunteering or serving on our board. Let us know! We would love to get connected with you. 

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Typical warning signs of abuse

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017