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Making A Difference: Denton County Friends of the Family

HSNT is recognizing organizations that are making a difference in Denton County.

Nicole Owens, who is a community educator of Denton County Friends of The Family, portrayed how she is making a difference through DCFOF. Their mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing, and prevention.

How does your role contribute to the mission of DCFOF?

“I contribute to our prevention and awareness program by teaching various community members about domestic violence. I do my best to reach out to a wide range or age groups in the Denton community. I talk to elementary students about respecting other people’s boundaries in the hopes of them following that act as they grow older. I also talk to adults about how domestic violence makes them feel by using the I feel statement method. This consists of adults stating a descriptive word after the phrase “I feel”.”

What is the most rewarding aspect about being the community educator of DCFOF?

“Being able to help people realize what has happened to them and accepting that it is an issue. I also love knowing that I am helping reduce the amount of domestic violence occurrences in Denton County.”

What gives you motivation to execute your day to day duties?

“It’s fun for me! I love being able to teach and talk to people about domestic violence.”

In regards to DCFOF, what is something you wish more people knew about this organization?

“We want people to know that we are here to assist people in Denton County. Some people still do not know that we are here even though we have been servicing Denton County for 37 years. We also want people to know that we do not discriminate anyone that is in need of our services. We welcome not only women but men and teenagers as well.”

Is there a Denton community stakeholder group you wish you had more contact with? If so who?

“We would like to reach out to more local businesses because we want to conduct sexual harassment and domestic violence training seminars for them. We do not only want employees to be aware of sexual harassment and domestic violence, we also want their clients to be aware of it as well.”

To reach out to DCFOF for more information please call either of these numbers for assistance.

24 Hour Crisis Line
940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031

Denton Outreach Office
4845 S I-35 E, Suite 200
Corinth, TX 76210
Phone: 940-387-5131
Fax: 940-383-1816

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Good Start Back To School Giveaway

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Where do I begin? The 2017 Good Start Back to School Giveaway was the best yet. We served 934 children and their parents with backpacks, school supplies, health education and so much more. As I watched families walk through each of the health education booths, gathering information from our community partners I felt an enormous sense of accomplishment. The purpose of this event has never been to just provide much needed backpacks and school supplies, but on providing health education and resources. The Lions club screened a record number of children for vision, HSNT screened children for diabetes markers, BMI and provided free sports physical coupons. More than 100 children received free haircuts that morning from NCTC’s School of Cosmetology.

Volunteer support for this event was tremendous, I could not be more proud of our community and organizations like 26:12 that had 18 volunteers show up to sort and stuff backpacks. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and volunteers that have a heart for serving came out that day.

Thank you to the Denton Record Chronicle for their write up of the event. http://www.dentonrc.com/news/news/2017/08/05/back-school-event-tackles-great-need

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And most of all, thank you to all that came out and participated.  It was our pleasure to serve you and your family and to work alongside so many wonderful volunteers and community partners.  Next year will be even better!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 4th from 9:00 to noon.  We are already working on ways to make the line move more efficiently while still providing quality content!

Until next year from all of us here at HSNT, we hope that your family is having a wonderful and healthy school year.  Please know that we are here for you year round- just a phone call away.

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