Program Updates:

In this issue, we place emphasis on back to school efforts, while we highlight three family violence programs hosting back-to-school drives these efforts are mirrored across the state. We also include important TCFV updates and information, ways you can help with back-to school, and resources on the effects of family violence on children.

The Family Place, Dallas, TX

Back-to-School Drive.
As the back-to-school shopping season begins, The Family Place is asking folks to keep in mind the families who do not have the resources to shop for the school supplies on their list. The Family Place requests cash donations or donations of school supplies. They will give backpacks filled with school supplies to 400 children from their shelter, transitional housing and outreach programs. Some students who are served through The Family Place outreach programs are also in need of uniforms. The Family Place especially appreciates cash contributions as these enable the students to shop for clothes and shoes. For more information about the drive, click here. (

Celebrating the End of Summer Program
In addition to the Back-To-School drive, The Family Place seeks sponsors for 40 tickets to Six Flags.  The program is taking children from their Safe Campus summer program on a fun trip. For more information about donating to this event, click here.

Family Place is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.

Houston Area Women’s Center, Houston, TX

Back-To-School Project
On August 17 and 18, the Houston Area Women’s Center will distribute new backpacks and school supplies to the children who receive services at the Center. These children have been through difficult times. HAWC wants to help them feel good about themselves by sending them back to school with new backpacks and appropriate supplies, just like all the other kids have. Volunteers will fill the backpacks with grade-appropriate supplies, and the children will be given the opportunity to choose their packs. Parents will receive a packet of useful community resources and information.  There are several ways to get involved: by making a cash contribution, donating a backpack or supplies, or by volunteering to help sort supplies and backpacks.  Click here  for more information about the Back-To-School Project.

Houston Area Women’s Center is a Category 1 member.  For more information, click here.


New Executive Directors

Two Texas family violence programs have welcomed new executive directors in recent months.

Nikwai Noble is the new executive director for Dove Project in San Saba. In Carrizo Springs, Wintergarden Women’s Shelter’s new executive director is Brenda Campagnone. Welcome Nikwai and Brenda!

Dove Project is a Category II member.

Wintergarden Women’s Shelter is a Category II member.  For more information, click here.