We are thankful for the survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who have made the transition to a life free from abuse. We are thankful for our friends, neighbors, schools and other community partners who are working hard to assure that children will not become future victims, abusers, or suffer from substance abuse.
We are thankful for veterans, including the veterans that we serve each and every day in our Veteran Resource Center. We are thankful for the homeless veterans and their family members who now have homes, have gone back to school and have gotten jobs. We are thankful for veterans who have been living with the effects of past traumatic events and seek out our services to help them live happier lives. We are thankful for the veterans who have gone through our services, have found their voices, and now use those voices to speak out on behalf of those still in need. We’re reminded daily of how grateful we are for their service.
We are thankful for those who reach out to us every day in need of counseling services. Their strength and courage is inspiring, and it is an honor to provide help, hope, resources and comfort in what many see as their darkest hours.
We are thankful for our incredible staff, all of whom work endlessly to make the world a better place. From running our emergency shelter to training volunteers, to working with our community’s children, to providing therapy and counseling, to reaching out to veterans in need, to ensuring that our finances and records are in order and so much more, our staff is amazingly dedicated to our mission. Without them, we could not give healing and hope to so many people each year!
We are thankful for our volunteers, who show up rain or shine; they help us to respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking calls, help us run our Veteran Resource Center, help us stage our Harley Party and Mardi Gras fundraisers, and much, much more. With their help, we are able to offer so many more opportunities to our community and are able to spread awareness about the issues we address.
We are thankful for our board of directors, whose selfless donation of their time, energy, and expertise allows us to continue our important work. Our board’s dedication is unsurpassed, and we are grateful to each and every member.
We are thankful for our community partners in law enforcement, social services, the court system and elsewhere who partner with us to make Amarillo a better place to live.
We are thankful for all who contribute to FSS, from monetary donations, to items for our shelter and Veteran Resource Center, to those who give the gift of time and energy such as the Luminaries auxiliary group, who focus on supporting survivors of family violence. Many individuals, community organizations and foundations have all permitted us to continue to offer services to thousands of women, children and men in the Amarillo area each year.
Our work is challenging, and requires an enormous amount of dedication. We provide services to thousands of people each year: services that include, but are not limited to, safe shelter and victim services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking; community education and training; counseling; and services for veterans and their family members. We are so grateful to have incredibly supportive community partners working with us, and to have committed staff with us every day. So today, we acknowledge all of the people who are our inspiration and help us do what we do.
In the midst of all the negativity and fear that seem rampant in the headlines and on social media, please try to find a way to show appreciation for anyone whose actions and deeds often go unnoticed. Try to take a moment away from the turkey, the football, and the shopping to appreciate and acknowledge each other. Whether it’s a phone call, a card, an email, or simply thanking them in person, we ask that you take a moment this Thanksgiving to identify those around you who may need some encouragement and simply say “thank you.”
All of us at FSS are thankful every day that we are able to support our community members in need. We could not do this work without you. We thank you, today and every day.
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Family Support Services
To find out how you can support our vision of “a community where individuals and families are healthy, stable and violence free,” please call our office at 806-342-2500 or contact us below for more information. You can also make a donation here: