An open letter from a Warrior to other Warriors

An open letter from a Warrior to other Warriors

By Katya Estes Warrior At 10 a.m., on July 12, 2016, I was given the chance to use my voice against something that has kept me silent for years. I testified against my grandfather, who took from me my innocence, dignity, and hope. On the stand that day, I wore several pieces of jewelry I received from victims, who endured traumatizing experiences but never had a chance at justice. The pieces symbolized strength, inspiration, and encouragement to show that abuse is a tragic commonality in the community… that I wasn’t alone during my testimony; that you certainly are not alone. […]

Come for dinner, stay for the conversation

PAL Coalition  event gives teens the chance to talk about the issues they face daily Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 29, the PAL Coalition, will host a Community Table/Youth Forum, a dinner and conversation by young people about their communities, schools, and the challenges they face, including substance abuse, stress, crime, bullying, cultural integration and other issues. “Come for dinner and stay for an opportunity to chat with PAL Youth Advocates,” said Tomy Molloy, director of PAL, – a community based collaborative of professionals from business, faith, education, healthcare, social services and others – working together to reduce the incidence of substance […]

Give back on #GivingTuesday

We’ve all heard that, “It is better to give than to receive,” and Tuesday, Nov. 29, is the day to turn those words into action. #GivingTuesday is a collaborative movement to create a national day of giving and it’s the perfect opportunity to consider the holiday season a time for giving back. Consumers’ buying power has the potential to affect serious change in their communities and across the world. A gift to family & Children’s Place, for example, can help prevent and end child abuse, and provide healing therapy and help to children and families who already have been hurt. This […]

Help protect children and families this holiday season

The holidays are again upon us. Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, and soon, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Times for family, friends, food, gifts and celebration for most of us. But for those afflicted by violence, abuse, neglect, addictions and mental health challenges, the usually cheerful season is a little different. The happiness is overshadowed by fear, uncertainly, depression and the many consequences of addiction. For too many, an already bad situation spirals into blackness and bleakness. Even for people who have not been exposed to trauma, the holidays can be a stressful time. The reasons are legion – time off school […]

On Giving Tuesday, give a gift that matters

Tuesday, Nov. 29, is Giving Tuesday, a day charities, families, businesses and individuals will come together once again to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. You can – and should – be a part of that transformation. Does it surprise you to learn that 79 percent of Americans polled said they would rather have a donation made in their name rather than a gift they know they’ll never use? That’s nearly 80 percent of your shopping list! A gift to Family & Children’s Place is meaningful for everyone involved. Your friends, family […]

Hope makes a great holiday gift

Black Friday is just days away, Friday, Nov. 25, one of the busiest shopping days in the United States This year, how about forgoing the harried hassle of pre-holiday traffic, finding a parking place and fighting over “hot buys,” and giving a child some help and hope instead? Family & Children’s Place probably isn’t at the top of your to shop for list, but it should be. Does your father, mother, sister or brother really need a new sweater or tech toy? Probably not, but a child who’s been abused – physically, sexually or emotionally – needs hope and help […]

Little Luke could use your help this Christmas

Luke is an eight-month- old whose family is having a tough go of it. His father is suffering with a disease and has been denied disability, so the family is making it the best they can day to day. Luke is one of the children in our Brighter Holidays program, an annual effort to ensure children we serve have the best Christmas possible. Luke needs winter clothes – socks, a coat, pants, sweaters, a hat, mittens. He and his parents need a convertible car seat so they can transport him safely, as well as diapers and wipes. Mom hopes for […]

Mom gave up much to keep kids safe, don’t let her give up Christmas, too

Bonnie is a mother of seven children, aged four to 14. She just escaped a 12-year abusive relationship and is staying with her mother until she can find and afford a new home for her and the children. “I just got the strength to get away and had to leave my home and most of my belongings,” she says. For Carolyn, 12, Bonnie, 13, James, 5, Polly, 4, Carter, 14, Leonard, 10, and David, 9, that means a safe home, but one that probably won’t have much of a Christmas. Join our Brighter Holiday program and you can change that, […]

Help mom give her baby a warm and happy Christmas this year

Imagine moving from your home country, Ecuador, for example, to the United States and trying to build a life and a safe and healthy home for your three-year-old baby. Such is the case for one of the families in our Brighter Holidays program – an annual effort to ensure that children and families we serve have the chance for a Merry Christmas. Elena is a single mother from Ecuador. She doesn’t have a support system here, struggles to make ends meet and to find and afford adequate childcare. She has difficulty with English – she speaks a dialect that isn’t […]

Eric and Bobbie – simple wants, critical needs

Among the children in our Brighter Holiday program are Eric and Bobbie, a brother and sister living with grandparents who live on disability. The grandparents do the very best they can, but feel badly because they can’t give eight-year-old Eric and six-year-old Bobbie the Christmas – or even the life – they want them to have. Eric loves Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and SpongeBob SquarePants, sports, basketball and track. He’s a Boy Scout and wants to camp, but has no gear. He needs shoes and shirts badly, they say. Bobbie needs pants, shirts and shoes – tennis and dress […]

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