Freedom Gala Keynote Speaker Pat Smith

Don't miss this inspirational story! SAVE THE DATE Saturday, September 29, 2018

Join us in September to help fight for FREEDOM for survivors. At this year’s FREEDOM GALA we are excited to have Patricia Smith, Emmitt Smith’s wife join us as our keynote speaker. She will share her experience as a survivor of domestic violence and inspire us to continue to bring awareness to this pandemic and how we can change lives forever!

Pat Smith, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Emmitt, and five children. She is a minister, author, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is co-founder of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, as well as founder and CEO of Pat Smith Enterprises and Treasure You. Treasure You is a non-profit organization that inspires women to pursue their second chance in life despite difficult circumstances and setbacks. In addition, she recently launched an online clothing boutique, PS by Pat Smith, and a portion of the proceeds support the emergency needs of women and girls.
 
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Register Today for a Teen Healthy Relationships Workshop

You don’t want to miss this important and interactive training!

Sunday July 22, 2018 5-7p  Two hour WS@ Guitar Sanctuary 6633 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071

If you are a teen, a parent or a person who works with teens, attend to learn and engage in meaningful discussions with other teens and parents on this topic.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify signs of a healthy relationship

  • Red flags of unhealthy relationships

  • 10 must know facts about relationships

  • Evaluate the difference between love vs control

  • Define various types of abuse

  • Learn how to help yourself or others avoid abusive relationships

  • Explore why teens abuse

  • Engage in interactive discussions responding to real-life stories of how other teens overcame adversity

  • Learn and take away practical tools and resources to educate and share with others on this important issue

  • Receive a free copy of our toolkit ‘How to Talk to My Teen About Healthy Relationships

    Register for Teen WS Now

    Every relationship has disagreements and arguments sometimes. This is normal. How you choose to deal with your disagreements is what really counts. Both people should work hard to communicate effectively, and treat each other with respect to work out differences.

    Relationships with others are critical to our well being as humans; we were made to be social, have friends and connect.  Whether these friendships are romantic or platonic, are with our family, school, clubs, teams or community, having healthy relationships in these areas is vital to our well being.  

    When we experience relationships in any of these areas that are not healthy for us, or that use power and control over us, we can begin to have trouble.  In some cases unhealthy relationships begin to erode our self esteem, our ability to concentrate, may keep us from fully developing our skills, areas that we like or fulfilling our passion and purpose.  'This perspective can be very difficult when we fall in love with another person.  Our feelings are strong and each of us wants to be loved by another person.  It is easy and normal to minimize red flags and warnings because we want so strongly to feel connected to another person.

    Knowing the signs of both healthy and unhealthy relationships reinforces the type of healthy partners we can look for when establishing relationships of any kind. Abusive relationships use tactics of fear, force and manipulation to have power and control of one party over another.

    Unfortunately you or your teen may be experiencing abusive signs and painful outcomes.  Attend this very important and interactive workshop to learn more and engage in meaningful discussions with other teens and parents on this topic.

    Register for Teen WS Now

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The Greater Dallas Coalition - From Many, One

Dr. Brooke Jones, Founder and President of Stronger than Espresso presented to the Greater Dallas Coalition last week where over 50 pastors, community leaders, churches and agencies met to discuss the issue of domestic violence.   The impact of domestic violence on this community and how it permeates so many families in the Dallas and South Dallas area.  There are few to little resources and they are not able to meet the needs. 

Stronger than Espresso programs work to provide healing and restorative after violence.  The emotionally and spiritual road after violence can be long and stay with a person even when the basic needs are met.   Collaborating in ways to provide training and equipping local churches to provide Stronger small groups in the area. Stronger healing groups will offer an affordable and accessible opportunity to provide a place where survivors can be seen, heard and understood within their own community. 

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One Community One Cause June 1st Collaboration

As part of the Family Violence Prevention Council. Stronger worked alongside with numerous other agencies to help Habitat For Humanity paint homes to better our community! 

We COLLABORATE to help individuals, families and our communities.  Let us share with you facts about other great organizations: 

  • We collaborate with The Family Place- the largest family violence provider in North Texas operating since 1978. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with Texas Muslim Women's Foundation- they created a ‘Peace in the Home’ program that serves victims from all faith communities, including non-Muslim women in need. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with The SPCA of Texas- they rescued and provided life-saving services for over 230 companion animals affected by family violence in the first quarter of 2018. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with Families to Freedom- they report 70% of callers disclose their abuser stalked them in some way. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with Stronger Than Espresso- they conducted art healing with over 2,000 participants in 2017 allowing survivors to express themselves beyond words. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with Momentous Institute- they report 14% of child clients receiving education services have experienced or witnessed domestic violence in their home. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause 

  • We collaborate with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas- last year they provided free legal help to more than 3,050 clients who experienced abuse. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with Genesis Women’s Shelter- they report when a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, it increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with The Salvation Army of Dallas- they report 81% of victims who call their domestic violence hotline for help reported experiencing significant emotional abuse. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause 

  • We collaborate with Brighter Tomorrows- they handle more than 6,000 hotline calls every year- and that's sadly typical of other Dallas area domestic violence shelters. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

  • We collaborate with Mosaic Family Services - last year they served victims & survivors who experienced abuse in the United States and originally came from 52 different countries around the world. Together we are #OneCommunityOneCause

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Summer Newsletter 2018

Enjoy reading our Summer Wellness Guide! 

In this issue read an inspiring story of a survivor growing Stronger, learn about our Teen Healthy Relationship workshops, 5 ways to beat the summer heat.  Also learn how to make your own Essential Oil Sugar Scrub and Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies.  

We are so thankful to each of you for helping make us Stronger. 

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Suicide Dos and Don'ts When Helping Loved Ones

Did you know over 1 Million people die each year from suicide.

Suicide leaves so many questions. "I didn't know?" "It seemed they had it all."  "How bad could it be for them to leave their child?"   With so many reports in the news the last few weeks of suicides of famous designers, chefs and others at Stronger than Espresso we wanted to share something that might help and be a free resource for anyone dealing with a loved one. 

I searched in my historical training manuals and found this resource Understanding Suicide. This overview we created for one of Stronger than Espresso Mentor Volunteer trainings and it includes resources, best practices, myths about suicide, dos and donts and more.  

When we speak to friends and family often it is difficult to know what we should do next when they are going through a difficult emotional time.  Please download this summary if you ever need to review resources, Dos and Don't and what questions to ask.  

We hope that this will help you be better prepared to help someone else. 


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Stronger To Teach Teens About Healthy Relationships

Since our first support group in February 2013, Stronger has continually grown to become an agency of hope and healing for those who experience domestic violence and other patterns of abuse. Stronger strives to develop and provide practical tools for survivors. Our most frequent request is, “What information do you have for my teenager?” Many survivors share their teenager has already experienced abuse and violence in a dating relationship. 

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Rick Jones
A Response to the Rob Porter News Story

White House staff secretary Rob Porter announced this week he would resign his post.  Porter’s two ex-wives, Holderness and Willoughby, came forward sharing their experiences of abuse and violence by Porter. Let’s focus on two vital & important quotes released from the ex-wives this week helping us gain more insights to understanding domestic violence.

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Our Word for 2018 is Freedom

Your support creates change…like this story, about one of our support group graduates. Let’s call her Marie. Marie was a beautiful, smart, educated woman who was violated both emotionally and verbally. Because of the abuse, she struggled to...

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Rick Jones
Start 2018 the 'Write' Way

It is a new year, with new ideas, new goals, new resolutions.  Working with women in Stronger than Espresso the last five years I have found that writing and journaling can be an excellent way to heal, set goals and create measurable change in the lives of survivors.

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Rick Jones
A Freedom Proclamation

We recently hosted an event in North Dallas we titled the Freedom Proclamation Breakfast. You may have seen some of the photos we posted online, but you may not have heard the full story. Read more about the event and how you can help.

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Rick Jones
JOLT AWAKE! ENEWS - HEALING THE WOUNDS OF TRAUMA

As we moved from September into October, we knew we had a full schedule ahead of us, since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Little did we realize the scope of opportunities God was preparing for us. We were able to touch significant influencers, educators, leaders and groups of people desiring to tackle this important issue.

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Rick Jones
A Message from Brooke

As we see the leaves begin to change color, it reminds me that there is a season for everything. Seasons have a beginning, middle and an end. Today, past the middle of September, my temperature gauge tells me it is almost 100 degrees in Texas; I certainly don’t feel like the summer season is coming to an end. Even though I don’t know when this summer heat will end, the leaves silently speak to the undeniable change coming soon.  

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Rick Jones
Art Transforming Trauma

In August, Dr. Brooke Jones our Founder & CEO traveled to California for a two day training with A Window Between Worlds an agency that focuses on Art Transforming Trauma.

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Rick Jones
A Story of Your Impact

I got involved with Stronger through my mother-in-law’s encouragement, as my husband and I had separated due to difficulties in our marriage.  My mother-in-law had gotten one of Brooke’s cards at a speaking engagement, and she gave me her card and told me she thought it might help.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attend a Stronger class, as I felt that this was NOT me, and certainly NOT MY STORY.  I was in denial.

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Rick Jones