Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” – Samuel Smiles, Scottish Reformer
After the fire:
Our FSS family is still in the very early phases of disaster recovery efforts from the fire that destroyed our building. Tomorrow we will begin the process of moving our work family back under one roof and into our long-term temporary home at Park West Complex, Building B 7116 W I40, Amarillo TX. This space has been graciously provided by Amarillo ISD for six months until we know our long-term plans, with the opportunity to negotiate to stay there if needed.
I say “moving” in a metaphorical way, because as of today we have little to move in. We have lost everything that was in our building. Not only office equipment like computers, office equipment, desks, chairs, but also our agency history: newspaper clippings, board books, and photo albums going back more than a century. And more importantly, our employees have lost their personal items, awards, and keepsakes that they had brought into the offices that they viewed as a personal sanctuary.
Yet despite all of this, the common emotions shown by the staff of FSS, including myself, have been ones of gratefulness and hope: gratefulness to the people of our community for the donations and emotional support they have provided, and hope for the future.
From what I have seen, hope is not always a common reaction to disasters like ours. I began wondering why our staff, volunteers and supporters have been so hopeful, and what I have come up with is this: to build and maintain hope, we need three things; a sense of control, a belief in the value of something, and a community.
Our sense of control means that we feel as though we are in control of our own life, that we can affect our fate. Through communication and our agency values, our work family knows and believes that we are in control of our future, and we all look forward to being back on our feet and better than ever.
Our belief in values means we find something important enough to work towards, something better, that’s worth striving for. This would be the work we do every day: serving survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault, helping veterans in need, providing counseling to people who are suffering, and working with area youth and adults to break the cycles of physical abuse, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and so much more.
And community means we are part of a group that values the same things we do and are working towards achieving those things. Our community is not just us, it is YOU. You all have shown such overwhelming support for our staff and the work we do. Without the emotional support and financial support that you have shown and continue to show, we would be lost. We will never be able to properly thank you, but know that through your actions, generations of Amarillo and Texas Panhandle residents will live happier & healthier lives.
We will keep you updated on our progress as recovery efforts continue. Please follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information.
Admiral William McRaven once said that “If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.”
Thank you for helping us paddle.
CEO, Family Support Services of Amarillo
If you would like to donate towards helping us recover, you can do so at our donation page; you can also donate in person at your local Happy State Bank, Amarillo National Bank, or Bank of America locations.
We want to thank everyone who has offered their support in these difficult circumstances and are humbled to be on the receiving end of so much love and generosity. We would not be where we are without you at our side.
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How We Can Help
We provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, family violence and human trafficking in Amarillo, Texas and surrounding areas of the Texas Panhandle.Our programs are designed to provide safety as well as advocacy for victims, along with education on how to recognize signs of someone being a victim.
Emergency Safe House
Secure location for adults and their children who are survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Our Safe House provides food, toiletries, and other essentials. Advocates provide help with attaining goals and referrals.
Behavioral Health & Wellness
We can help those with depression, stress management, grief recovery, divorce recovery, eating disorders, anxiety & phobias, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, self-esteem, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, & more.
Veterans Resource Center
We provide veterans, family members and surviving spouses with the opportunity to make connections with peers, get help finding housing and employment, benefits, and other effects of service.
Education & Prevention
We provide educational programs, presentations and specialized training focusing on dating violence prevention, bullying, child abuse prevention, teen suicide prevention, parenting education and support, substance abuse prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, teen mentors, and more.
When people experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. We are passionate about bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic or stressful experiences.
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Our Volunteer Services aim to support the mission of FSS through community involvement, and continued education and increased awareness of domestic violence
News & Events
RESCHEDULED MEETING: FREEDOM IN THE 806 – Coalition Against Trafficking February 11, 2020 11:30AM – 1PM Wesley Community Center, 1502 S. Cleveland Guest Speaker: Jamie Wheeler from Open Door Check event Details
Save The Date! Saturday, February 15, 2020, in the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom, 7PM – 11PM. Check event details
CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY By Jonathan Baker Family Support Services’ work to heal the hurting If you live in the Texas Panhandle, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know has been helped in one way or another by the staff of Family Support Services. The...
An exhibit to bring awareness to human trafficking. CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS
“‘I’ve been in my fair share of veterans organizations but I will say that the Veterans Resource Center has been the most help. Amazing staff that helped me get back on my feet.” – Sean R.
” The staff was very compassionate; they saved my life and my kid’s lives when we escaped from my abuser.” – Laurie T.
” Trauma-informed yoga was amazing! Definitely recommend ” – Kim B.
“This is actually a very good place for those who need therapy. They work with you on your income and get you with the best person possible.” – Stetson P.