August 17, 2012

How do you encourage others?

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How do you encourage others?

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 15, 2012


Posted in Those that need help tagged , , , at 3:24 pm by Every Cent Counts

It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association. If you don’t believe this is an issue keep in mind that suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS). Something has to change, before it is too late.

The biggest obstacle to overcoming bullying is awareness. Without a united front at school, at home, and in public areas we will not be able to curb this terrible behavior. It is a common assumption that the majority of children and teens that take their life were the victims of bullying. In fact, bullies are often the ones most likely to harm themselves.

There has been a correlation between a negative parent/child relationship and the likelihood that the child is a bully. This emphasizes a need for parenting skills classes to be taught. Many parents do not know how to discipline their children effectively, or provide adequate support to their children. This is especially common among parents of a young age.

Unfortunately if a parent doesn’t know how to discipline their child, when the school calls to inform them their child is having trouble at school, the behavior isn’t adequately corrected, and may increase the child’s frustration. This could lead to increased bullying and continue the cycle.

August 14, 2012

The People We Help.

Posted in Clients and Needs, Those that need help tagged , , at 2:18 pm by Every Cent Counts

The People We Help.

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 6, 2012

It’s Not Just Bums, Children are Homeless Too!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , , , at 3:05 pm by Every Cent Counts

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.

Every Cent Counts Need of the Week!

Posted in Clients and Needs, Those that need help tagged , at 2:41 pm by Every Cent Counts

Every Cent Counts Need of the Week!

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.

July 26, 2012

What’s Good in the World.

Posted in Clients and Needs, Those that need help tagged , , at 3:40 pm by Every Cent Counts

What's Good in the World.

In today’s world it is so easy to see only the darkness. The media displays the horrors that occur daily and rarely show the good in the world.
In my job, I see both sides. I see horrific things that are inflicted on others. Things that are best left forgotten. However, I also see tremendous resilience and acts of kindness that renew my faith in humanity.
When people fall on hard times, or experience horrific trauma; oftentimes they are unable to pick themselves up without the support of others. For so many that support comes from family and friends, for others it comes from counseling and knowing there is hope.
Everyone that receives help is grateful and you can almost witness the light come back into their eyes, and you just know they have taken a step out of the darkness and into the light.

July 18, 2012

Who are the homeless?

Posted in Those that need help tagged , at 3:32 pm by Every Cent Counts

Many people see the homeless man standing on the side of the road and think that he is just a bum looking for drugs and alcohol. It’s easy to make this assumption, in some cases it even helps us cope with the fact that we are unable to change their situation. However, this is not a fair stereotype.

In 2006, a count of the homeless people in Hillsborough county Florida was conducted. Of the 9,566 homeless people they surveyed, the majority were single parents, the newly homeless, the elderly, and children. If you are like me, this information is shocking.

There isn’t a lot of publicity when it comes to the homeless, and what is advertised usually consists of people who evoke less empathy from the general population. If the media showed the reality of homelessness would more people help? We are doing a disservice to those struggling with homelessness, by promoting such a negative stereotype. This needs to be changed.

July 16, 2012

When Will Domestic Violence End?

Posted in Clients and Needs, Those that need help tagged , , at 6:01 pm by Every Cent Counts

When Will Domestic Violence End?

This image is shocking, but for some of our clients it is a reminder of the horrors they faced. Domestic violence is horrific. It is a myth that only women are abused, frequently men suffer such abuse as well.

Usually victims face a cycle of abuse, then a period of intense love and affection, then a period of tension leading up to more abuse. Some victims have become so accustomed to this abuse that they time the cycles to coincide with periods where nobody is around, so they can recover from the wounds.

An abuser typically starts with emotional and mental abuse. With every fight the abuse gets worse, sometimes leaving bruises. Eventually bones may break, and the bruises become far worse, until in some cases the abuser kills the victim.

Many victims attempt to leave a few times before they actually succeed in leaving. This is the most dangerous time for a person living in a domestic violence situation. More victims die trying to leave than any other situation.

If you are looking to help someone, consider helping those that are trying to change their life around. Many domestic violence victims return to the abuser because they cannot make it on their own. As they are struggling to make ends meet and form a new life, the abuser is calling and telling them how much they have changed. Many return hoping this is true, and afraid of ending up on the streets. Let’s stop this cycle from continuing.

Donate today, and help one of our victims of domestic violence realize their is hope.

July 13, 2012

What Defines the Poverty Level Will Shock You!

Posted in Clients and Needs, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , at 4:38 pm by Every Cent Counts

The following are the income levels required to be determined as below poverty level, according to the 2011 Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.

1 person household = $10,890 2 person household = $14,710
3 person household = $18,530 4 person household = $22,350
5 person household = $26,170 6 person household = $29,990
7 person household = $33,810 8 person household = $37,630

Could you imagine raising a family of four on $22,350? For many families this is a reality. They are forced to make tough decisions, like forgoing a promotion that would bring them slightly over poverty, in order to maintain government assistance, so they can feed their families. They choose between clothes and food on a daily basis. That doesn’t even begin to include providing their families with any kind of recreational activities or family outings.

This is why your donations mean so much to the families we are trying to help. Contributing nominal amounts such as $5 to help a family get a 30 day bus pass, or $10 towards helping children go to summer camp. This is how we help so many, and renew hope. Thank you for all you do for others everyday!

July 10, 2012

Tampa Bay the Most Economically Distressed City

Posted in Clients and Needs, Giveaways/Challenges, statistics, Those that need help tagged , , , at 7:32 pm by Every Cent Counts

Out of the top 25 Metropolitan areas listed on the Consumer Distress Index, Tampa Bay was not only the most financially distressed, but it also was the only major metropolitan city in the bottom-rung category of “Emergency Crisis.” Detroit, the second-most-distressed city, just barely landed one category higher: “Distressed Unstable”.

This illustrates the tremendous need for change. The Consumer Distress Index is a quarterly measure that tracks shifts in the financial condition of the average American household. For so many living in the Tampa Bay area, this is more than a statistic. They are faced with daily decisions between needed medical care and providing food for their family. They have to choose between repairing their vehicle or providing their child with school supplies.

That’s one of the reasons why our program is so important. We provide a way to help those in the community that truly need the support. Just visit Remember any amount helps, and we will enter you to win a new netbook! We don’t have any entrants into the drawing thus far, and their is less than a week remaining. Your chances of winning are huge! It is a $95 Sylvania netbook, as seen on

So far no entries for the netbook thus far! Donate Today!!!

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