Archive for December 2008

Year End Donations

December 31, 2008

Make your year end donation to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc. before midnight!

The tax year is ending in a few hours.  Make your donation now to claim decuctions on this year’s taxes.

You can donate online, with our secure online donation service.  Click here to go to our donation page.

Thank You for your support and have a Happy New Year,

All of us at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County


Christmas Day at the Safe Shelter

December 24, 2008

family1We like to keep you updated on what is going on at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County’s Safe Shelter for women and children.  This holiday season has been filled with a flurry of Christmas parties and excitement.  On Christmas day, the families at the shelter will be settling down and having a quiet Christmas.  Each family has been given a turkey, stuffing, and potatoes to cook in their apartments.  Bags of new donated presents have been coming in to the shelter throughout the holiday season.  The mothers at the shelter have been busy wrapping the presents and putting them under their trees, as the children have been getting excited as Christmas approaches.  Christmas cookies are being delivered to the shelter shortly, as well.  This holiday season, the families are looking forward to a quiet day where they can enjoy being safe, enjoy new presents, and enjoy starting new traditions.

FCC Staff Member recieves Good Neighbor Week Award

December 18, 2008

Sandi Kaufman, a victim advocate at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, has won the Baltimore County “Good Neighbor Week” Award presented by County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

In an article in the Dundalk Eagle Joseph Giordano writes of Sandi’s victim advocacy work at the Family Crisis Center, and highlights the innovative and trailblazing practice of performing “lethality assessments” on domestic violence victims.

Click here to read the full article.

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December 18, 2008

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No safe place – article

December 15, 2008

This is an article from the Baltimore Sun, describing one woman’s experience with domestic violence.

Click here.

Award presented to Family Crisis Center staff member

December 15, 2008

Sandi Kaufman (left)

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence has presented Sandi Kaufman, the Victim Advocate Assistant  at the Family Crisis Center, with their 2008 Service Award.  As the Victim Advocate Assistant, Sandi works with local law enforcement to provide lethality assessments of domestic violence victims, provides courthouse assistance for victims, helps with victim support groups, crisis intervention, and community educational outreach.  Congratulations to Sandi for receiving this award!

To see the MNADV winners in other fields, click here to go to their website.

Safe Shelter Holiday Wish List

December 9, 2008

A message from Rebecca Foster, Shelter Director at the Family Crisis Center…

Santa’s Wish List is growing and he needs elves to help out!  Today we have 34 woman and children in our shelter and we have just sent a taxi to bring another family with three children to be with us.  Our Transitional House is full with two families residing there.  While a stay at the shelter is not something most would desire, a stay at our shelter brings safety and hope for a new life to many.  We often have to turn families away due to limited space.

santa-listAs the Holiday Season approaches, Moms turn toward the shelter staff with heavy hearts.  Leaving their homes to be safe from domestic violence also means leaving their families, friends and holiday traditions.  How will they manage to make it through this year?  What will it be like for their children?  Have they made the right decision to leave?  Children also struggle with the changes.  The younger children fear that Santa won’t find them.  The older children have no hope for a happy holiday.  They know that Santa does not exist.  We smile and assure everyone it will be alright.  “Only believe!” we say and smile.

“Believe!  Miracles happen!” I tell myself as I look at the needs that are placed on my desk day after day.  During the holiday season we will be helping approximately 100 people.  This number consists of both families in shelter and families who have recently moved out and are trying to stabilize.  The needs range from clothing and gifts for infants, children, and women to blankets, toiletries and food.

If you would like to join us and play Santa’s Elf through your donations, please contact us.  Gift Certificates to a variety of stores are at the top of our list (Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Old Navy, fast food places, grocery stores, movie passes, Payless, sneaker stores, Best Buy, Home Depot, etc.).  As we are still in our temporary facility (15 apartments and 1 house), storage is limited.  We hope to move into our newly renovated building in April.  Financial support is greatly appreciated.

Thank You!

To contact the shelter, call 410-285-7496