We are having our 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 10th, 2018. It will be held on the Judge Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, AL. The golf tournament is held to benefit the following charities through donations and sponsorships for the event:

Family Sunshine Center
The Imagination Library of Elmore County
The Jason Michael Hilty Memorial Scholarship
Coosa Outdoor Worship Spot (COWS)

We wanted to spotlight client success stories from the Family Sunshine Center to showcase their purpose in the community and why ITS strives to support their mission through our event. Your sponsorship directly provides lasting benefits to the community through these charities.

The Family Sunshine Center has been serving victims and survivors of family violence for 30 years in Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties. Since 1981, they have grown to incorporate services not only to victims with immediate crisis needs, but also to those ready to move out of emergency shelter and into self-sufficient lifestyles. They also provide a non-residential counseling center and a community outreach program.

The following stories illustrate individuals who have utilized the Family Sunshine Center’s services to move towards a life of independence, financial stability, and freedom of violence.

FSC’s Children’s Victim Service Counselor saw a 14-year-old sexual assault victim who was referred due to behavior concerns at school. Through therapy, she could discuss her feelings about the abuse and she learned not to blame herself for the assault. After four months of continued counseling and support, the school noted significant behavioral improvements.

Another individual, a 10-year-old boy, was witness to domestic violence, perpetrated by his father upon his mother. At one point, he and his mother were held hostage for several hours by the father. As a result of that trauma, the child was having reoccurring nightmares, experiencing issues at school, and displaying difficulty expressing feelings. After several months of individual and family treatment, the child’s grades and behavior at school improved.

A mother and her five children entered shelter after she was physically assaulted by her partner of two years. The family received safe shelter, food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. While at the shelter, the family received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits. The mother was assisted in updating her resume and searching for employment by FSC’s Self-Sufficiency Advocate. Upon obtaining employment, her older children were enrolled in the local Boys and Girls Club until school began, and her younger children were enrolled in daycare. The client also participated in safety planning exercises, budgeting lessons, and has actively engaged in planning for her future independence. She has been approved to move from emergency shelter to FSC’s Exodus Transitional Housing Community, where she will continue to work towards independent living. She will continue to receive assistance with life skills education and her search for permanent housing.

If you would like to see the testimonial video, please follow this link.

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