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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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Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Donation

Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Donates $710 to HOPE Family Services Emergency Safe Shelter

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(Pictured from left to right are Barbara McCrea of MUUF, Elsa Hanna of HOPE, and Rev. Fred L Hammond of MUUF.)

Bradenton, FL, August 15, 2019. - The small congregation of Bradenton’s Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MUUF) recently donated $710.00 for the Emergency Safe Shelter needs of HOPE Family Services in Bradenton.  The Special Collection was specifically designated to fund the needs of the Shelter which is one of the many services provided by HOPE to promote safety, strength, and well-being for those affected by domestic violence.

HOPE is Manatee County’s state-certified domestic violence service provider.  Elsa Hanna, a HOPE staff member, was present for the donation.  Bill Hayes, Special Collection Coordinator for MUUF, said: “Our Fellowship is committed to social justice and it is a pleasure to support you with this financial help.”

HOPE provides a safe place in a confidential location for victims of domestic violence.  The Shelter is designed to give victims time in a safe place, so they can evaluate their options and gain skills that empower them to live a life safe from an abusive partner.  Mothers and children arrive at the Shelter with few belongings – if any.  Mothers have urgent demands on what little money they may have and are unable to replace what they couldn’t bring with them.  There are always ongoing Shelter needs, that’s why the Special Collection was specifically designated to fund the needs of HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter.  To find out more about domestic violence and HOPE’s services visit their website at https://www.hopefamilyservice.org/ or contact HOPE’s Outreach Office at 941-747-8499.

MUUF is a friendly beacon for religious freedom, supporting lifelong spiritual growth and working for social justice with compassion and love.  For more information about MUUF call 941-746-0067 or visit the MUUF website at www.manateeuuf.org.

August HOPE Hero

August HOPE Hero

Carol - HOPE Volunteer

About our HOPE Hero: Carol 1

Carol was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She found herself in Bradenton after retiring from her job, of 24 years at Universal Orlando. Carol began helping at HOPE during the Children’s Group sessions. She listened to music with the kids, played games, and helped with homework. Her role at HOPE now is working in the Outreach office, where she helps staff with reports for local, state, and federal agencies.

 

What have you learned while volunteering?

HOPE does amazing things for survivors and their families. I’ve learned that domestic violence is widespread and while there are many resources available to participants, there is a need for even more. 

 

What motivates you to volunteer with this organization?

I worked with a sister domestic violence agency in the Orlando area before moving to Bradenton and wanted to continue to give back.

 

What advice would you give to a future volunteer?

The biggest advice I can give is to be committed to the organization. It isn’t always easy to find the time, but you must be willing to give some of your time to helping others.

 

Tell us about your most memorable accomplishment with this organization.

One evening while I was helping with the Children’s Group, I was asked to help with a homework assignment. The student needed to invent a product and describe its use, using some words provided by the teacher. Extra credit would be given if they used words from another list. We selected a product, completed the outline, and the child finished the rest of the essay at home. The next time I saw the child, I asked what grade they received and they told me it was the first "A" they had ever received!

 

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We truly appreciate all of your hard work & dedication to our mission! 

July HOPE Hero

July HOPE Hero

Cheryl - HOPE Board Member

About our HOPE Hero: 

Cheryl is a Florida native and grew up in Brandon before making her way to Bradenton in 1981. Cheryl loves her job, but when she isn’t working as a Realtor with Michael Saunders & Company, she is volunteering as a Board Member for HOPE Family Services. She says hearing success stories from survivors always keeps her motivated to volunteer.                                                                                                                       

What have you learned while volunteering?

I've learned there is a tremendous need for HOPE to help victims of domestic violence. HOPE helps in so many ways such as: preparing safety plans, providing counseling, shelter, legal assistance and more.

 

Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.

I've been lucky enough to travel to some pretty exotic locations. I can't pick one, so here are my top 3: the most amazing shades of blue waters in Tahiti, waterfalls in Hawaii, Cadillac Mountain/Acadia National Park in Maine.

 

What advice would you give to a future volunteer?

Find what moves you and help in any way you can; share HOPE's message when you have the opportunity. I have a friend and board member, Mindy Hill, to thank for introducing me to HOPE.

Tell us about your most memorable accomplishment with this organization.

I am very proud to represent HOPE within our Michael Saunders MSC Foundation and pleased to contribute through the foundation to help support the vital work HOPE does to save lives. It makes me so happy to help contribute to HOPE!

Describe yourself using only film titles.

Working Girl (I'm always working!)

Psycho (Some days...) 

As Good As It Gets (most days)



We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission! 

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