Change Starts Here – United Way Campaign Video

The Resource & Crisis Center was honored to be included in this year’s United Way Galveston County Mainland Campaign Video, “Change Starts Here.” A brave young lady who received services from RCC as a child shares her powerful story, along side other community members who have received aid from United Way organizations. Be sure to watch the video to learn more about how the Galveston County community has come together to support our neighbors in their time of need with the help of United Way.

Thank You to All Who Made Casino for a Cause Possible!

The 4th Annual Casino for a Cause event was a huge success! On July 27th, 160 of the Resource & Crisis Center’s supporters gathered together to enjoy good food, casino gaming, and live music, while raising funds for the mission of RCC. The Resource & Crisis Center is thankful for each and every sponsor, guest, and individual who contributed to making this event a success!

Of course, the Resource & Crisis Center would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the generous donations made by individuals and companies to make the Casino for a Cause event possible. The Tremont House generously discounted the use of the Davidson Ballroom and the cost of the talented catering team.

The Tremont House catering team, led by chef Michael Jacobson, created a scrumptious menu

The Tremont House catering team, led by chef Michael Jacobson, created a scrumptious menu

 

Downtown Blooms kindly donated the centerpieces and floral decorations for the event, completely transforming the space with their creativity and ingenuity.

Downtown Blooms' beautiful centerpieces

Downtown Blooms’ beautiful centerpieces

More floral decorations from Downtown Blooms

More floral decorations from Downtown Blooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similarly, Bob Ford generously donated his time and expertise to our event as the emcee, while his wife, Pam Ford, spent her hours capturing the event through photography.

Executive Director, Bonnie Martin, with Bob Ford, "the Voice of the Astros" and the Casino for a Cause emcee

Executive Director, Bonnie Martin, with Bob Ford, “the Voice of the Astros” and the Casino for a Cause emcee

 

Two Bit Karma also contributed to the event by playing a wide range of upbeat music to keep the crowd engaged.

Two Bit Karma performing at Casino for a Cause

Two Bit Karma performing at Casino for a Cause

 

Last, but certainly not least, Dreyfus Printing generously donated the Casino for a Cause programs this year.

Once again, thank you to the many donors and contributors who made this event possible. We could not have done it without your support!

Back to School Drive

Each year, with the help of our community, The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County (RCC) provides age appropriate school supplies to the children residing in our shelter.

Sometimes the only difference between an A+ student and a failing student is having basic supplies to do homework and participate in class. Because the children served by RCC live within our shelter and their mothers are trying to rebuild, providing school supplies is the least of their worries.

You can help in several ways…

  • Create a drive and collect new school supplies to donate
  • Make a financial donation to The Resource and Crisis Center
  • Volunteer to help with school supply and uniform inventory and packing backpacks

School Supply Wish List

  • 3 Ring Binders
  • Backpacks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Construction Paper
  • Dividers
  • Pocket Folders
  • Glue
  • Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Crayons
  • Pencil Colors
  • 1” binders
  • Subject Dividers
  • Kleenex
  • Manila Paper
  • Washable Markers
  • Lined Notebook Paper
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Writing Tablets
  • Watercolor Sets
  • # 2 Pencils
  • Pink Erasers
  • Pencil Case
  • Blue Pens
  • Red Pens
 

 Uniform Assistance

  • Khaki pants/shorts/etc (all sizes)
  • Red, Blue, Gold, White polo shirts (all sizes)

Calling all Companies…

Does your company want to run your own Back to School Drive benefiting the Resource and Crisis Center? Just collect supplies and/or monetary donations for a few weeks at your office and deliver them to the RCC Administration at 1802 Broadway #122 by August 30.  Questions? Contact Shannon Samuelson at 409-443-0511 or ssamuelson@rccgc.org.

Donations will be accepted from August 1st and 30th.

3rd Annual Yoga on the Beach

It is once again the time of year when the weather begins to cool, pumpkin spice lattes appear at the local coffee shop, and of course, our schedules become hectic with school activities and football practice. Here at RCC, the presence of Fall means something else too: Domestic Violence Awareness Month is fast approaching.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for the community to come together in solidarity with victims of family violence to show our support and an outpouring of love and understanding. The Resource & Crisis Center is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Yoga on the Beach, an event designed to support surviors on their journey to healing and recovery.

RCC invites the entire Galveston County community to this free event at Stewart Beach on Thursday, October 3rd at 5 pm to participate in a yoga class appropraite for all levels of yogis. Learn more about the event by visiting our webpage. We look forward to seeing each of you at the event!

Out of Town Church Makes RCC Their Mission

Several months ago The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County received a call from Chris Huggins, youth pastor for First Christian Church of Rowlett, TX.  Through several conversations, Chris and his dedicated youth committed to come to RCC to work at our shelter.  Little did we know that we would have such a transformation of our shelter at the hands of this enthusiastic group.

The group worked diligently cleaning the inside of the shelter and beautified the yard to create a very welcoming and clean environment.  Over two days they stripped all of the beds, wiped down the fans, scrubbed and cleaned the inside of the shelter, refreshing the space for clients.  Outside the shelter, they trimmed the bushes, weeded the flower beds, power-washed the buildings and so much more.  Simply put, the back yard looks amazing.

Normally, the clients are responsible for cleaning through chores and keeping their space neat.  Having this group come and give these women and children a much needed break was deeply appreciated by each of our shelter residents.  On the last day of their time with RCC, they grilled up burgers and hotdogs for each of the clients, mingled with the clients, and showed the clients the love and support of community.

These youth and their leaders have been amazing throughout this process.  It is very clear that this church is committed to serving and we want to thank all those that participated and the entire church for making RCC their mission.

Get Your Sponsorship for Casino for a Cause Soon!

Casino for a Cause benefiting the Resource & Crisis Center will be here before you know it! The event is being held at The Tremont House on Saturday, July 27th at 6:00 pm. Casino for a Cause features exciting entertainment including casino gaming, live music, dancing, and some great jackpot prizes. Some of this year’s jackpot prizes include a Charbroil gas grill and a Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner!

RCC wants to take a moment to recognize the many sponsors who have already committed to supporting the organization through this event:

Bali Sponsor

Fiji Sponsor

Tahiti Sponsor

  • Bradley Cardenas and Lee Sontag
  • Michael H. Garcia
  • Hank Gregory Builders, Inc.

Hawaiian Sponsor

Cayman Sponsor

  • State Representative Greg Bonnen, MD
  • Donna Gindrup
  • Ellen Goerlich
  • Judge John Grady Court #1
  • Greater Houston Office Products
  • Delynn Greene
  • Inman Investments, Inc.
  • Bridgette Landis
  • Law Office of Ian Michael Kuecker PLLC
  • Mike and Bonnie Martin
  • Jennie Meyer and AC Latham, RN, CCM
  • Annette Orynawka
  • Chris & Herb Roper
  • Debbie and Richard Williams

Thank you to the many supporters of the Resource & Crisis Center! Sponsorship opportunities at all levels are still available. Visit the Casino for a Cause webpage to learn more about the event or contact Samantha Coats at (409)443-0523 or scoats@rccgc.org. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Volunteers Voices!

Left to Right: Candice Osborn, Emily Blomberg, Karon Wynne

Karon Wynne, Candice Osborne, and Emily Blomberg have teamed together to make a meaningful contribution to The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County (RCC) through their volunteer efforts.  Each of these ladies had a desire to contribute in the community through volunteering and each sought out the organization separately but they joined forces and committed to working together.

Every week these three ladies come to the shelter to bring play and fun to the lives of the children that are in the shelter.  While they enjoy the interaction with the children, they hope to be a stable and regular part of the children’s lives.  When asked what made them feel best about the experience, Karon described her experience as “giving her the ability to give attention and affection to the children in a healthy way and when they really need it.”  Emily states “that it is very rewarding to spend time with the kids and notice the small changes in the children over time. It makes you feel very connected to them.” Candice said that “when you walk-in to volunteer, the kids jump into your arms and are genuinely happy and excited to see you, you know that what you’re doing matters to them.”

It is not only the children that they feel like they are able to serve.  Often times when they are working with the children, playing or doing an activity, it gives the mothers a much needed break or just a friendly face to share a conversation.  Through this interaction, the volunteers are able to give the ladies of the shelter reassurance and support from someone outside of the daily shelter environment.

When asked why they chose RCC to volunteer they described the training and orientation to be efficient, the hours are flexible, and there was a real need for volunteers.  They feel that RCC has a mission that they support and that they feel the passion that the staff has to help victims.

Karon, Emily, and Candice have been volunteering weekly for nearly a year and have asked to do more.  Currently they are brainstorming a few additional things to help out within the organization.

The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is so happy to have a group of such dedicated women to assist us with providing the best services to our clients.  We would like to thank each of them for their continued help and giving of themselves in the service of others.

The Summer Months Bring Increased Aggressive Behavior

              The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County want to remind our community that with the increase in the summer temperatures, there is also an increase in violence.  Scholarly research such as “Heat … Continue reading