Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF), the sole provider of comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Denton County, is participating in North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 20th! 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.*
“North Texas Giving Day is such an important day for us,” says Randi Skinner, DCFOF Director of Marketing and Development. “Not only do we raise much needed funds, but we have the opportunity to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault, and what community members can do to help. It takes a village to truly help a woman and her children navigate the effects of an abusive relationship. That’s why we chose our theme- ‘A Day in the Life!’”
Throughout the North Texas Giving Day campaign, DCFOF will raise awareness of the daily struggles that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault experience, and barriers to leaving an abusive relationship. 1 in 4 women in our community will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, and 2 in 5 women in Texas are victims of sexual assault. While most people may be familiar with some forms of violence, many do not know the extent to which verbal, psychological, and financial abuse can keep a person from being able to thrive on their own. In addition, survivors of abuse, neglect, and assault are at a higher risk of mental illnesses such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety, as well as eating disorders, STDs, and a host of physical problems as a result of their abuse.
“Because of events like North Texas Giving Day, we are able to bring in the funds to continue to provide services to over 3,000 people in Denton County every year”, says Randi. “In 2017 we raised $15,000 to go back into our programs- it was such a huge win for our agency! We are grateful for opportunities like North Texas Giving Day to spread awareness and compassion for our clients, and raise funds to continue to provide lifesaving services for women and children. Thank you!”
Denton County Friends of the Family provides all of these victim services free of charge:
- Emergency Shelter
- Individual & Group Adult Counseling
- Play Therapy for Kids under 12
- Activity Therapy for Teens
- 24-Hour Crisis Line
- Transitional Housing
- Sexual Assault Advocacy & Hospital Accompaniment
- Legal Advocacy & Case Management
- Prevention, Education, and Awareness Program (community education)
- Food Pantry
- Childcare (for clients during their sessions only)
- Thrift Store (open to the community & clients can shop with vouchers)
- Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gifts, and school supplies (for ongoing clients only)
- Battering Intervention & Prevention Program (BIPP)*
Want to get involved with Friends of the Family? Learn more at www.dcfof.org.
By Kim Shields, Denton County Friends of the Family development coordinator
*BIPP is the only paid service at DCFOF. It is a group counseling program for people who have chosen to abuse their partner, and either have chosen to get help or have been court-ordered to attend. ** Photo provided by Denton County Friends of the Family
In nine years, Communities Foundation of Texas‘ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $195 million into the North Texas community. In 2017, $39 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.
On Thursday, September 20, support Denton County Friends of the Family by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay