August 17, 2012
Encouragement can mean the world to someone. One kind word said while someone is feeling down and lacking motivation, can change their outlook on their day. And for the person that is providing the encouragement, the inspiration that is seen in the eyes of others is contagious.
August 16, 2012
Cathy and Brandon have two children. They struggle when it comes to raising their children. Recently the children have started acting out and are displaying signs of anger. Both parents acknowledge they need help learning how to properly parent their children, however they cannot afford the $150 it would take to attend the classes they so desperately need. They fall between the cracks when it comes to insurance coverage, as they make too much for Medicare and too little for Kid Care. Now they turn to you for help funding the classes they so desperately need, to help their children become responsible adults.
August 14, 2012
Jennifer recently lost her job of 12 years. After she returned from FMLA, she found out she no longer had a job. She is currently in the appeal process to receive unemployment benefits. This single mother has recently started working part time as a server, making far less money. Jennifer is struggling to make ends meet and is enrolled in budgeting classes and case management at the Crisis Center. She has requested assistance to get school clothes for both of her daughters as the new school year is approaching, and they do not have clothes that adequately fit for school.
Unfortunately, we see cases like these everyday at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Many of our Every Cent Counts clients are victims of this horrible abuse. Please share and make others aware of this horrific truth.
August 13, 2012
Carie needed help with a bus pass to go to counseling. Thanks to your help, we were able to provide her with a 30-day bus pass.
Henry’s apartment complex had a fire a few months ago. Henry was able to get out of his apartment, but he suffers from COPD, so he couldn’t go back and get his belongings. As a result he lost the majority of his personal belongings to the fire or theft. He has managed to replace the basic necessities on his own, but he still needs help.
He lost his clothes and slippers in the fire, and they are a large size; that are hard to come by through donations. He is in need of clothes, slippers. He would greatly appreciate any help you are able to give him.
August 7, 2012
No developed country approaches American giving. For example, in 1995 (the most recent year for which data is available), Americans gave, per capita, three and a half times as much to causes and charities as the French, seven times as mush as the Germans, and 14 times as much as the Italians.Similarly, in 1998, Americans were 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than the Germans.
These differences are not attributable to demographic characteristics such as education, income, sex, or marital status. On the contrary, if we look at two people who are identical in all ways except that one is European and the other American, the probability is still far lower that the European will volunteer than the American.
August 6, 2012
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, in 2009, there were about 50,000 homeless girls and boys across Florida, one of the highest rates in the country. Forty-two percent of those children were younger than six years old.
Homeless families often sleep in their cars, the streets, or at local aid agencies, such as Metropolitan Ministries, which houses 85 children in dorm-style quarters.
This illustrates one of the many reasons why it is important to help whenever you can. You could volunteer, donate, or just commit to one random act of kindness per month. Every little bit counts.
Jade is a rape survivor who is working extensively with Sexual Assault Services, at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Jade suffered through a series of nearly a dozen rapes over the course of two decades. During that time she turned to food to try to numb the emotional pain of the PTSD and depression that followed each rape.
She developed bulimia and a compulsive eating disorder. In addition, over the years she gained and lost weight in unhealthy ways until gaining enough to currently be 350 pounds. Jade was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes and needs to enroll in a medical, nutritional, and exercise year-long program, to help save her life and improve her health.
Jade has sought help for her depression, which has become increasingly bad. This medical program will give Jade a chance to help her recover from her eating disorders, depression, and help her lose enough weight to finally be a healthy size for the first time in 20 years.
$100 will go towards a fitness program through the YMCA. $220.00 will go towards providing Jade with Holistic medical care.