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Bradenton Yacht Club Features Work for HOPE Family Services

The blog below is an excerpt from the Bradenton Yacht Club's Monthly member magazine, "Poop Deck". This article can be found on page 17. 

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It’s finally time for our first Great Mates dinner meeting of the year. It will be held on Thursday, September 19th at 6 pm. Check the Poop Deck for reservation information or call the Club at 941-722- 5936. All BYC members are invited. If you have never been to a Great Mates meeting, please come. If you haven’t attended a meeting in while, please give us another try. We have a professional comedian, Juanita Lolita, to entertain us at the September meeting. It should be a lot of fun.

Hope Family Services is the charity chosen to be the recipient of our March 7, 2020 Gala. Hope is a private not-for-profit corporation whose primary purpose is to provide services to victims of domestic violence. We will have some information to share with you about the organization at the September meeting.

On July 11th, Mayor Wayne Poston was kind enough to join us at the Hope Chest Thrift Store on 1215 8th Avenue in downtown Bradenton to draw the names of the two winners of our Sail through Summer Giveaway to benefit Hope Family Services. One winner won a donated 12 ft. Sailboat and the other won 2 weeks of sailing lessons for a child at Bishop Sailing Center. Whether you have items to donate or want to shop to find some treasures, Hope Family Services will benefit from your generosity to The Hope Chest Thrift Store.

At our October 17th dinner meeting, Palmetto Mayor Shirley Bryant, as well as Brian Carter, President of Bishop Museum will speak to us. Mary Ann Gamrot has a lot of ideas for our entertainment, some of them still tentative. For our January 16th meeting she is thinking of WORLD TRAVELER NIGHT. We know that so many of you have stories about unusual travel experiences. Hopefully, you’d like to share your stories with us, whether they be funny, scary or exhilarating Mary Ann would love to have you get in touch with her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

She would welcome any entertainment ideas you may have as well. So, bring your $1 to the September meeting to renew your membership for the upcoming year or to join the Great Mates for the year. Visit our website at TheGreatMates.org for information. – Sharon Goslee 

 

 

Economic Empowerment Program

Domestic Violence Isn't Always Physical...

When most people read or hear about domestic violence, their minds often think of physical abuse. However, domestic violence can include other forms of abuse such as emotional, sexual and financial abuse. As defined by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors, violence, or threats of violence that one person uses to establish power and control over an intimate partner.

According to the annual report to the legislature by FCADV, financial abuse occurs in 98% of all domestic violence cases. In the annual report, survivors stated that abusers utilized a multitude of economically-related tactics to gain and maintain power and control over them. Some tactics that an abuser can utilize to maintain power and control include:

  • Ruining their partner’s credit
  • Giving an allowance to their partner
  • Denying access to income or financial accounts
  • Making financial decisions without consulting their partner
  • Not paying child support so they can’t afford rent, food, and other needed items
  • Preventing their partner from working or demanding they quit their job
  • Stalking or harassing their partner at work

Experiencing financial abuse can prohibit a survivor from leaving an abusive relationship since they don’t have the financial security to move into a safe place. At HOPE Family Services, we have established the Economic Empowerment program where the participant can meet with an advocate to create a financial safety plan and work on achieving financial independence.

Our Economic Empowerment program can assist participants with developing a spending plan or budget, securing affordable housing, and achieve higher education such as a GED, certifications, or degrees. The program also helps with assistance in job search strategies, resume development, and job interview skills to help obtain employment. We work with our participants based upon what their goals are so that they can achieve economic stability.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (941) 747-8499 

 

Handbags & Happy Hour 2019

We’re counting down the days to Handbags & Happy Hour! Meet us at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 4:30 pm. 

HOPE Family Services (HOPE) and Women’s Resource Center (WRC) are excited to be collaborating once again to bring awareness of the life-changing services offered to women in our region. We loved the first-ever Handbags & Happy Hour event last year and are thrilled to bring it back for 2019. 

Join us for an evening full of fun & fashion – it’s women supporting women! You can expect delicious appetizers, a premium open bar, a wide variety of gorgeous designer handbags, jewelry and other raffle prizes. This event will also feature pop-up shops, a photo booth, music, and much more!

Invite your friends to a fabulous girls’ night out! Guests are encouraged to bring purses to donate to women who are working to change their lives at HOPE Family Services and the Women’s Resource Center. 

Every ticket to Handbags & Happy Hour helps to ensure women in our community have support to empower themselves and transform their lives. Thank you for your belief in HOPE & WRC!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email Lynn Lavigne-Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (941) 747-8499.

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Masala Giving Circle Grant

On May 15th, the Masala Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization of African-American women, held its Annual Grant Award Ceremony at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Nearly $20,000 was provided to four organizations with missions to improve the quality of life for African-Americans in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Since its founding, the Masala Giving Circle has awarded nearly $60,000 into the community.

HOPE Family Services (HOPE) was honored to be one of the organizations recognized by this amazing giving circle and thanks to their generosity, $2,500 was awarded to provide multicultural hair care products, education, and empowerment to victims and survivors of domestic violence who reside in HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter. HOPE’s goal is to provide hair care products to all survivors of domestic violence, including African Americans/Blacks, who reside at HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter. HOPE staff want to make sure all residents are provided with basic needs. Ensuring they have what they need helps them move forward to a healthy and independent life. 

With the Masala Giving Circle grant, HOPE staff are also able to provide empowering educational classes for Women of Color. Through the classes, staff teach residents how to minimize bullying of their children, which often happens when incorrect products and techniques are used. We have seen an increase in children’s and adults’ self-confidence by using new products, styles, and techniques. Being sensitive to the needs of all clients is important and thanks to the Masala Giving Circle, their needs are met.

“Masala Giving Circle exists to promote economic and personal empowerment in our community,” says Marilyn Thompson, the group’s president. “Since our inception, our giving philosophy has been to carry on traditions of support passed down through African ancestry and do our part to make the African-American communities stronger and more self-sustainable.”

We are so grateful to the wonderful women of the Masala Giving Circle for supporting women of color in our community and supporting HOPE’s mission

 

Pictured below are photos from the Masala Giving Circle Annual Grant Awardee Ceremony & products purchased with the grant awarded to HOPE. 

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