Archive for March 2009

Shelter Residents Attend Cirque du Soleil

March 26, 2009

Last week “Tickets For Kids” donated tickets to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County to go see Cirque du Soleil in Baltimore.  The tickets were donated to the children and parents staying at the shelter, staff members and their families.  It was the first time most of the residents of the shelter had had the opportunity to attend such an extravaganza and they have been talking about it ever since.

One of the children stated, “I liked the flexible people. I didn’t know they were people when they came out! Whoa!”  A good time was had by all.


Commission for Women Donate to Shelter

March 26, 2009

The Baltimore County Commission for Women held their annual Woman and Young Woman of the Year Award Ceremony last week at the Baltimore County Council Chambers in Towson. County Executive James T. Smith, Jr. and members of the Commission presented Lisa Elliot with the Woman of the Year Award, and Jing Wen Wang with the Young Woman of the Year Award. The Family Crisis Center then received a gift from the Commission For Women. Mary Jane Sheridan, one the Commissioners, organized, coordinated, and designed personal care baskets that were donated to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County and given to the women in our shelter. The baskets were filled with personal items, including lotions, soap, body spray, skin care products, and more. The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County thanks the Baltimore County Commission for Woman for their continued support.

The Commission for Women will be holding “The Money Conference for Women” on Saturday, April 18th at Goucher College. The conference focuses on getting out of debt, money management, and investment strategies for women of all ages, economic backgrounds, and levels of financial knowledge. For information visit their website.

Art Auction Benefiting FCC Continues

March 24, 2009

10_face2The online art auction benefiting the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County has been extended until April 15th. Visit Sue Farace’s Annual Craft Challenge website to see the current pieces up for auction.  

Bid on your favorite pieces for yourself or to give as a gift.  Bidding on an item is easy to do – You simply leave a comment with your bid amount under the picture of the piece of art.  If you are the winner, you will be contacted by Sue Farace.  Check it out!

Towson University Vagina Monologues Benefits FCC

March 16, 2009

Vagina MonologuesTowson University students will put on four performances of the Vagina Monologues March 25th through the 28th at 8PM benefiting the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County. The performances will take place at the Ruth Marder Theater, Center for the Arts on the Towson University Campus. Tickets can be purchased at the box office for $10.

Maryland House Delegates Discuss Protective Orders

March 11, 2009

An article in today’s Sun by Julie Bykowicz discussed Maryland Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn’s opposition to a House bill that would have erased the public records of some protective orders.

Below is a portion of the article.

From her seat on the floor of the House of Delegates, a freshman lawmaker from Baltimore rose yesterday to address her colleagues, not as one of them but as a domestic violence victim opposing a measure that would have erased public records of some protective orders.

Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, a 57-year-old Democrat, told lawmakers that her husband had horrifically beaten her years ago. She said abuse victims have plenty of reasons not to go to court. In her case, she said, her husband threatened to kill her children. The delegates were considering allowing the subjects of protective orders to have their records expunged if a temporary order is not made final, which can happen if an accuser does not come to court.

Click here to read the full article.

UPDATE: Domestic Violence Bill Resurrected.  Click here to read the updates.

Ateaze Senior Center event benefits FCC

March 5, 2009

Mary Lou Mansfield & Dev Fantom presenting Douglas C. Murphy with a check to support the FCC

Members of the Ateaze Senior Center in Dundalk sponsored a fundraiser this February to raise money for the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County.  Eighty-five guests attended the Valentine’s Day themed celebration and raised at total of 700 dollars.  Members of the Valentine’s Fundraising Committee, Mary Lou Mansfield and Dev Fantom, as well as Ateaze Senior Center Director, Margie Swift, presented FCC Executive Director, Doug Murphy, with the gift.  The senior center council donated refreshments to the event, and the Red Hat Society provided the drinks.  The Family Crisis Center thanks the Ateaze Senior Center members for their support!

MNADV – Response to Dating Violence

March 3, 2009

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Coordinator/Trainer, Erin Boguski, has written an opinion piece entitled “Response to Dating Violence” that discusses the recent increase in media attention on the topic of dating violence.  Below is a portion of the article:

Celebrity news has been buzzing about Chris Brown’s alleged assault on Rihanna which occurred at the beginning of this month. On the internet, and in the sound bites from other celebrities, the response has ranged from condemning violence against women, to “hoping for the best” for both parties, or even wondering what Rihanna did to “provoke” Chris Brown. Even Harvey Levin, from TMZ, wonders why more people aren’t speaking out against violence against women. Certainly this and similar domestic violence incidents in the press strike a cord with teens and young adults throughout the nation and in Maryland. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2001),16 to 24 year old women experience the highest rate of domestic violence. Pregnant or parenting teens are especially at risk for abuse. Last year in Maryland, there were two teen girls who were killed by their boyfriends, and both deaths occurred in Baltimore City (MNADV, FY 2008). Certainly, the context of one’s social environment and community can influence how violence against women is perceived.

To read the full article, visit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence webpage.