Program Updates:

In this issue, we introduce two new executive directors, highlight a teen dating violence foundation, the TCFV African American Caucus and some upcoming prevention opportunities.  We’ve also included resources for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and for ending family violence in the African American Community.

 

Brighter Tomorrows, Grand Prairie, TX

New Executive Director: Diana Franzetti

On October 1, 2011, Brighter Tomorrows in Grand Prairie welcomed new Executive Director Diana Franzetti.  The 22-year-old program serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Dallas County, Franzetti comes from a lengthy background in nonprofit management.  A native of Austin, she now lives in the Metroplex with her children and grandchildren and says she loves living there.

“I am very proud to be a part of the Brighter Tomorrows team as I have already seen successes from the work we are all doing daily, and I know that we are making a difference in many lives. Deterring our youth from becoming either a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence affects everyone in society, whether they realize it or not.  A very wise person told me that we are on the pathway these victims are traveling, and we are here to help them in this portion of their journey.  Empowering them to have a safer and stronger life will help us all have a safer and stronger community.”

Brighter Tomorrows is a TCFV Family Violence Program Member.  For more information about the program, click here.

Abigail’s Arms, Gainesville, TX

New Executive Director: Kim Cook

Kim Cook is the new Executive Director at Abigail’s Arms in Gainesville.   Cook previously worked for Family Gateway, Inc. in Dallas, serving homeless families with children.  Prior to that, she worked for the Family Place, also in Dallas, serving victims of domestic violence.

“The Family Place has been a long-standing DV agency in the community that afforded me the training and opportunity to grow in the field of victim’s services.  Under the great vision and leadership of Paige Flink, and others like her, my professional career was developed and strengthened.”

Currently, Abigail’s Arms is embarking on the project of building a 24-hour emergency shelter that will house victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes. They broke ground in December of 2011 and anticipate the completion of the project by fall, 2012.  The facility will be the only emergency residential program in Cooke County.

“Although challenging, transitioning from an urban/metropolis to a rural area is very rewarding.  The citizens of Cooke County have been extremely supportive to the shelter project as well as to me coming aboard as the agency’s new executive director. I am pleased to be a part of such a giving community that expresses such compassion and is empathetic to the needs of their victims.”

Abigail’s Arms is a TCFV Emerging Family Violence Program Member.  For more information about the program, click here.

Ortralla LuWone Mosley Foundation, Austin, TX

“Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Building Healthy Relationships”

The Ortralla LuWone Mosley Foundation’s mission is to empower teens to choose healthy relationships through education, advocacy and support. To that end, they developed a model prevention and awareness curriculum, “Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Building Healthy Relationships”, available to all public schools across Texas.  The Foundation enables teens to become survivors of, and advocates for, the prevention of teen dating violence, and to mobilize the community through social, political and legal action.

The Ortralla LuWone Mosley Foundation is a 501 3(C) nonprofit founded in 2005 to prevent teen dating violence throughout Texas.  On March 28, 2003, Carolyn Mosley’s life was changed forever when her 15-year-old daughter, Trella, was brutally stabbed by her former boyfriend. Carolyn’s grief was channeled into the creation of the Foundation to become a vehicle to help save other teens and their families from experiencing the unimaginable pain that she had lived through.

The Foundation is planning its second annual LOVE TRELLA (Leaders of Valor Embrace Teaching Respect Encouraging Listening Love Always) Gala on February 25, 2012. At the Gala, they will honor Leaders of Valor in their community: Sheriff Greg Hamilton and Chief Art Acevedo, both staunch advocates of victim’s rights.  They are now securing individual, business and corporate sponsorships for this special event. For more information, click here.

Carolyn Mosley is a TCFV Friend member.  For more information about her organization, click here.