The Our Community Matters program at Friends of the Family raised awareness about domestic violence within the African American community last week at their Black History month kick-off.
DENTON, TX – The Our Community Matters program at Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) hosted its first Black History Month event on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The event, “An Evening of Raised Awareness with Dr. Yamma Brown” was held in the beautiful Patterson Appleton Arts Center. Cassandra Berry, the Our Community Matters Program Coordinator, had visions and goals for the evening which were achieved and surpassed. Increasing the awareness of domestic violence in the African American community; providing statistical data; highlighting the free services offered by Denton County Friends of the Family; hearing Dr. Yamma Brown’s personal experience with domestic violence; and, an opportunity to celebrate survivors, were included in the list of things to be achieved.
The listed visions and goals were surpassed when the 150 people who were there who have had their own personal experiences, were empowered to become more involved with standing against domestic violence; when a seven year old boy asked Dr. Brown how he, as a child, could help stand against domestic violence; when contact cards were completed requesting to be a part of the Our Community Matters program mailing list and to volunteer; and, when donations were made to help DCFOF continue to serve clients and increase the awareness. The celebration included a diverse representation of the Denton County community, and this kick-off to Black History month was a celebration for all cultures to embrace. If you would like to learn more about the Our Community Matters program at Friends of the Family you can visit dcfof.org/ourcommunitymatters.