Be Kind

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ― Wendy Mass

Be kind. The ripple effects can go on foreverI was chatting with a new coworker the other day, and we were just getting to know each other. As we were both sharing where we are in life, the fun, the struggles, etc she said “See, that’s why we always have to be nice to people. We never know what they’re going through.” Wow, what a wonderful and timely reminder as we head into the busiest holiday season of the year.

Be nice. Easy, right? Not necessarily. In the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, planning, traveling, and more, it’s quite easy to rush and lose patience with people. Family, friends, coworkers, fellow shoppers- anyone is liable to be an outlet for our frustration. But before you lose it with the person that cut you off, consider that they, too are fighting a battle you know nothing about. Take a deep breath, smile, and be kind.

Are you or someone you know fighting a secret battle? Are you hiding bruises or scars (physical, mental or emotional)? Don’t go through it alone. Reach Out Speak Out is here to listen and help. Don’t let another holiday season go by without getting help for yourself or someone you know that needs it. Contact us at ReachOutSpeakOutDv@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

‘Tis The Season Of Giving

'Tis The Season of GivingAs we head into December, I can’t help but think about how we are entering the season of giving. Giving Tuesday may be past, but giving -baked goods, time, gifts, love is not. Not only is it the time of giving for friends and family at Christmastime, but it’s also the time to think about year-end gifts for nonprofit organizations like Reach Out Speak Out.

Who We Are

We are a nonprofit 501 3 c organization that reaches out to religious groups and organizations to speak out about how domestic violence is wrong. We offer support to women and children who are getting out of danger and back on their feet in a safe environment. Reach Out Speak Out helps in a variety of ways from a listening ear, to counseling, to short term or long term help, to encouragement and much more.

We have just reached our 5-year mark as a nonprofit, 501 3 c organization and we are really taking off! We need your help. Our first 5-year program family is wrapping up their time and we are taking on more families at the 5-year level and in many other situations that need short or long-term assistance.

Ways To Help

There are many ways to give.
Financially, you can mail a check payable to Reach Out Speak Out to P.O. Box 48797 Tampa, FL 33646. If you would rather donate online,  y
ou can give via PayPal by using the button below:


Please consider us in your charitable giving as this tax year ends. You can feel good that you are blessing a worthy cause while you get a tax break for yourself. Individual, foundation or corporate level we appreciate your time and gift. We also have a scrip gift card program where you can buy (and donate) gift cards for your holiday and everyday shopping needs. See https://reachoutspeakout.org/thankscriping/ for more information.

Don’t have money to donate?  Your time and talents are incredible gifts! We are also looking for auxiliary members. Please contact reachoutspeakoutdv@gmail.com for more information on how to join us!

Post-Thanksgiving Thoughts

“Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.” Irina Shayk

Family HolidaysFamily Holidays Aren’t Always Like On TV

But what if your family is not the safe, happy, “perfect” place it appears to be to others? Many people look forward to holidays with friends and family. Yes, you may have that “crazy” family member, that one strained relationship, that recent loss you’re still grieving. Imagine that stress all day, every day, with no warning what will set it off.

For many people in domestic violence relationships, this (holidays) is the most difficult time of year. The abuser has to be on their “best guest behavior” with all the extra family and friends around. They keep up the “perfect family” appearance until the last person leaves, then the floodgates open. Maybe it’s just the regular anger/abuse/frustration. Maybe it’s even worse because they had to “behave” longer than they’re used to.

After The Holidays

When the smiles and happiness of the holidays are over, what goes on behind the closed doors of those “perfect” families? It breaks my heart to think about it. And how hard many of these families work to keep up the appearance of being ok.

Do you know a “perfect” family that isn’t so perfect? One in four women is in a domestic violence relationship. Do you know someone in a domestic violence relationship that needs help? While we cannot help until or unless the abused person is ready for it, Reach Out Speak Out is here year-round to offer support, a listening ear and help. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ReachOutSpeakOut/ or email us at reachoutspeakoutdv@gmail.com

 

Thankscriping is coming!!

Thankscriping?

Wait, what? I thought it was called Thanksgiving…. Ok, so it’s both. “Scrip” is
a gift card program where you order cards and I mail them directly to you. The
best part is it doesn’t cost you anything extra, and the company gives a
percentage of the purchase price back to Reach Out Speak Out. So you can
donate to Reach Out Speak Out just by shopping.

Scrip Gift Cards Galore!

gift card Scrip Reach Out Speak OutThanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas are all coming up
soon! But you don’t just have to shop for gifts for others – shop for yourself guilt
free. And this program lasts year round so go ahead and make it a habit to stop by
for all your regular shopping needs. From gas stations to grocery, hardware to
health and beauty, department stores to dinner out, shop with scrip has
something for everyone. Use gift cards like cash/credit/check and know you
donating to a worthy cause at the same time.

Don’t want to order and wait for cards to be mailed to you? No worries!
There’s an online website MyScripWallet that offers eGift cards and reload on
select physical gift cards right from your mobile device. It’s a great instant value
anywhere you shop.

Wondering how to sign up?

This link will take you to an information and instruction page that has the enrollment code
for ROSO. Sign up soon and enroll in presto pay (safe online payment via your
checking account) to be ready for cyber Monday shopping. I will be placing the
next corporate order for physical gift cards on Saturday morning, December 1 in
order to get the gift cards to you in time for Christmas gifting.

For those near and far who would like to do something to help out our
clients and families that are survivors of domestic violence, this is a great way to
get involved! We even use this program to purchase gift cards for our clients for
Christmas and birthday presents and everyday groceries.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at ReachOutSpeakOutScrip@gmail.com!

Thankful. Grateful. Blessed.

During this month of Thanksgiving, I want to start off with a huge thank you to all those who helped make our 3rd annual Purple Passion event a great success! This year was our biggest and best year yet, and word is getting out. Thank you to all who donated food, items, time, and especially New Identities for allowing us to use your beautiful salon to set up. Of course, we can’t forget those who came out to support us!

For those of you wondering what Purple Passion is, it is our largest annual fundraiser where you can come to have great food, fun, fellowship and of course shop our wide variety of silent auction items. We have something for everyone and items in all price ranges. I’ve heard several people comment that we have the best variety and deals (but maybe I’m just biased…). From fall to Christmas, kids to adults, activities to gift cards, sports to spa to everyday items, we are a great one stop shop for all your holiday needs. See pics below for a sampling of this year’s items.

If you weren’t able to make it out this year, start thinking about next year. We always hold this event during October for domestic violence awareness month. Next year will be even bigger and better. We look forward to seeing you then!

Thankful Grateful Blessed Purple Passion 2018