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Services, Support Groups & Workshops

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Women's Center
1425 Aurora Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: 321- 242-3110
Counseling: 321-242-1526


Women's Center
400 Julia St.
Titusville, FL 32796
Phone: 321 - 607-6811

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 321-607-6809
Thank you for Remembering Us

The Women's Center is extremely grateful to MaryAnn Kirkup and Joanne Miller for remembering us in their will. This thoughtful gift allows the Women's Center to continue to be a comprehensive community resource for women in need of a job, a place to live, counseling, or help against violence. By supporting the Women's Center with your treasures, you too can give a gift of hope and change lives for the better, forever!

To learn more about our planned giving strategies and how you can leave your legacy contact Jenn Gould, Development Coordinator, (321)242-3110, ext.2125 or email at: JGould@WomensCenter.net

Client Story

As a 42 year-old mother of 2 children, I came to the Women's Center because I was a victim of domestic abuse. My family relocated from Montana due to my husband's job. He would push, yell, berate me in front of the children, use fear and intimidation with the kids and myself. I never called the police or told a single soul. I had always been a stay at a home mother. The children were not allowed to have friends over. He would take the car keys when he left to work and when he would get home we all were on "egg shells". I would try my hardest to keep the household clean to avoid any arguments. He always found a reason to verbally attack me. He was breaking me down, emotionally, verbally & finally physically. One day I was left the car keys to take the children to a doctor appointment.

While driving down the Aurora Road I saw the Women's Center sign. I did not know exactly what services they offered, so I went in and inquired. The people at the front desk were so welcoming, I filled out paperwork to become a client and I met with their victims advocate. We discussed the dynamics of abuse, created a safety plan, cycle of abuse, counseling, they provided us with personal items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, diapers and food). I couldn't believe the generosity that was poured out to my family. I now have some new tools to work with, and we explored options with the staff for getting resources from local agencies that can also help, it was great. Thank you to all the staff that treated my family and I with such tenderness. I am eternally grateful for their help.


2016 Board of Directors

Jenny Gessler, Ph.D., Executive Director • Rachel Terry, President • Mischel Ostovich, Vice President
Beverly DeMeyer, Treasurer • Joseph Martin, Secretary • Carol Ashwell • Jacqueline E. Barker
Jennifer Brady, MD • Dani Clevens • Rosemary Bain • Bradley D. Reed • Eulan Middlebrooks
Timi Tucker • Ambika Ravindran • Sharon James

North Guild Board

Sharon James, President • Cheryl P. Olsen, Fund Development • Louise (Lulu) Stone, Treasurer
Dawn Hohnhorst, Communication • Mary Ann McClain, Membership • Elana Pitcher, Secretary

South Guild Board

Rosemary Bain, President • Enie Windle, Fund Development • Cathy Murtha, Treasurer
Jackie Barker, Communication • Maureen Waters, Membership • Irene Hallquist, Membership
Avery Plavin Vadella, Secretary • Fride Phelps, Member at Large

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Upcoming Fundraising Events

4th Annual Super Bowl of Trivia!
Be Our Valentine!

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 5pm-9pm

Walkabout Country Club
3950 Walkabout Way, Mims, FL 32754
Interstate 95, Exit 223

Tickets $50 Per Person

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Click Here to Purchase Event Tickets & your Chance Drawing Tickets!
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Click Here for Trivia details.

New Programs

Successful Aging
A FREE 8 Week Course

Location: Women's Center in Suite C
1425 Aurora Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935
*Please register at the front desk or call 321-242-1526

Time: Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Click Here for full flyer with details.

A FREE Afterschool Program to Educate, Empower & Benefit Middle School Age Girls

January 27th - March 16th, 2016

Location: Palm Bay Community Center
1502 Port Malabar Blvd. Palm Bay, FL 32905

Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Click Here for full flyer with details.

Workshop - Keeping Pace with the Changes
Workshops are approved for continuing education hours by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

Friday, March 4th

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Domestic Violence (2 CE)

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Preventing Medical Errors (2 CE)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Professional Ethics, Boundaries & the Law (3 CE)

Florida Department of Health
Bill Posey Conference Center
(door in back of building)

Click Here for full flyer with details.

Furniture and More Thrift Store

2939 W New Haven Ave
West Melbourne, FL 32904

Thank You!

Thank You

Thank you to The Park Ave Baptist Church Women's Retreat Group for their outstanding donation of $1,050.00 to the Women's Center in North Brevard.

Thank You

Thank You Donovan for all you do for the north Brevard community. Donovan once again out did himself as he hosted a Trunk or Treat at Crackerjacks Tiki this past Halloween. Every year this event is held and proceeds are donated to a local charity. This year the proceeds benefited the Women's Center as well as SPCA. The Women's Center is grateful to have had the opportunity to share with the community the many resources available to them and their families if needed. As well as ways to get more involved and volunteer. Thank you Donovan for choosing us, and for their outstanding donation of $1,050.00 to the Women's Center in North Brevard.

Thank You

Thank you Space Coast Parrot Head Club for your amazing donation of over $700 in diapers, baby wipes and baby toiletries. Jackie, their Community Service Director, seen in the picture; was also a volunteer at the The Women's Center in the past. The club was also able to donate other personal toiletries for adult as well. This club and its nearly 300 members donate 3 times a year to the Women's Center and its clients!!! Thank you Space Coast Parrot Head Club for choosing US!!!!

Thank You

Space Coast Velo Sport had another successful Christmas party this year.

The Women's Center would like to thank Space Coast Velo Sport and Roxanne Guy, M.D.- Brevard Plastic Surgery and Skin Treatment Center for their generous Christmas bike donation this year.

We have been extremely fortunate to be the recipients for their bike donations for several years. The children are most excited to be able to wake up Christmas morning and find a bike by the tree. Thank you again for all you do for the women and their children during the holiday season. After all, I am sure we all remember the joy of receiving our very first bike!

Thank You

Mango is an 8 year old male Chihuahua that was living in a domestic violence household. He and his owner fled seeking a safe haven. Mango was not current with his vaccinations and therefore unable to enter into shelters. The victim service program reached out to Brevard Aid To Animals . Once Holly, an employee at the clinic was told Mango's story she came to his aid by donating $20.00 toward the cost of his vaccinations. Mango was able to get his basic vaccinations that today. This is the client's fur baby that she absolutely adores and would rather sleep in her vehicle before parting ways from her precious companion.

2016 Benefactors
Change Makers MaryAnn Kirkup Estate, Parrish Medical Center
Trailblazers Rosemary P. Bain, Barbara Y. Baird, Jennifer H. Brady, Harry & Wendy Brandon, Judy B. Healy, H.H. Peterson and H.G. Crockey Peterson Foundation, David & Irene Hallquist, Life's Oasis Church, Margaret M. LoZito, Debbie Pelham, Fride Phelps, Virginia E. Pierson, Kay Rettich, Heather Studley
2015 Partners
Change Makers DRS
Leaders Coastal Directory Company, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, Parrish Medical Center
Trendsetters Palmer Collins, Christine Lance, Roub Family Foundation
Trailblazers Alarm Specialists, Barbara Y. Baird, Dr. Richard & Carolyn Baney, Jennifer H. Brady, Harry & Wendy Brandon, Bill & Stephanie Brown, Scott & Teresa Burcham, Peter Burris-Meyer, Community Foundation for Brevard, Al & Becky Dukes, Friendship Fellowship at Pineda, Elaina Garvin, H.H. Peterson and H.G. Crockey Peterson Foundation, David & Irene Hallquist, Harris Foundation, John T. and Martha A. Hartley Foundation, Henry Family Foundation, P F S FOUNDATION, Dr. Patricia Manning, Debbie Pelham, Fride Phelps, Kay Rettich, Catherine Spencer, Mary Ann Sperando, Christine Sylvester, Bill & Lisa Troner, Barbara C. Wall, Prudential Sterling Properties

DID YOU KNOW...That some companies match their employee's charitable contributions up to a certain amount? Check with your employer today & find out if they're a MATCH!

Donors who support the Women's Center with gifts of $1,000 to our Partner Program or more annually are recognized as Women's Center Partners and receive exclusive Partner benefits. Contact Jenn Gould at (321) 242-3110, ext. 2125. Click Here to learn more.

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Women's Center
1425 Aurora Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Main line: 321-242-3110
Counseling: 321-242-1526
Women's Center, North
400 Julia Street
Titusville, FL 32796
Women's Center
Furniture & More Store

2939 W New Haven Ave
West Melbourne, FL 32904
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 321-607-6809