to be safe.
We all do. That’s why TESSA empowers victims of partner and sexual violence to take back the life that is rightfully theirs.
It happens here. More than you think.
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Resources for COVID-19
At TESSA, we are doing our best to serve you as we face these uncertain times. We are stronger together, but distant. We are not far away and are only a moments call away or a click away. As we learn more about COVID-19, we are also learning how it can impact you, and our work to support you.
Below is a link to resources and recommendations in our community to help as it relates to you and our work to end domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.
TESSA’s Annual Fundraiser
2020 was supposed to mark our “Back By Popular Demand” Pasta in the Park 2020 Fundraiser. This largely popular event was held on the Myron Stratton Campus with huge tents, pasta cook-offs, pasta teams, voting, wine, silent auction items, and a field full of fun and close friends to enjoy the day with.
However, with the global pandemic of Covid-19, our plans had to be altered. The hardships that our clients faced were daunting and harder than we could ever imagine. Picture being stuck at home with your abuser with no where to go, no way to get food, no way to call in, no way to get help. TESSA had to adapt and find new ways to be available to our clients outside of our normal in-person services. We implemented more phone lines for people to call into and added a chat feature, so if you couldn’t talk on the phone while being stuck at home, our chat would be available to talk to an advocate discreetly.
With Pasta on the Porch, we bring the pasta to you! We hope to raise $30,000 to continue to support our clients and their children through the pandemic and through every day life of being a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or human trafficking. We know, even without COVID-19, we are still needed in our community and we still need your help to help others who need us the most.
We hope to see you on “your porch” come August 29 at 6:30 PM!
Women’s Resource Center Closure
An Announcement for our Partners, Employees and Clients:
Women’s Resource Agency, Inc. – our satellite location at Citadel Mall – is now permanently closed. Previously the Women’s Resource Agency, the WRC focused primarily on supporting women of all ages entering or re-entering the workforce through providing programs, services and training in hopes of building meaningful career opportunities and success. As we reflect on our mission to support victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking, we at TESSA have decided to re-center our efforts to continue to foster a community free of violence. Through this work we have recognized many of our community partners provide complimentary services similar to those of the WRC program. While we hope to continue providing our clients with resources to empower themselves as they begin to re-enter the workforce through facilitating workshops and training, we have compiled a list of community partners who work diligently to provide the best opportunities to those looking for work, skill development and additional employment resources.
To see our current donation needs, please visit our website under “Give Help” or give us a call.
24-Hour Safe Line
TESSA staff provides help in crisis situations, works with victims to create safety plans, and connects victims with other community services.
TESSA’s Safehouse provides shelter, food, case management, housing assistance, counseling, and support to female survivors and their children.
The TESSA team helps victims navigate the criminal justice system, provides legal assistance, and connects victims with community resources.
Youth & Children's Program
TESSA team members provide counseling, case management, support groups, and fun group activities for kids both in and out of the TESSA Safehouse.
TESSA Therapists provide individual and group psychotherapy, as well as therapeutic support groups for DVSA survivors.
TESSA offers confidential support and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.
Jessica was new to Colorado after fleeing her state to escape her violent husband, who had severely beaten and nearly killed her. She was not familiar with the resources available in the Colorado Springs region, so a family member referred her to TESSA. Jessica came to TESSA seeking help and information, which she quickly received through a confidential victim advocate.
Ready to be a champion for a violence-free community? Your donation of time, expertise and/or money will change lives.
For safe shelter or to request critical information contact TESSA’s Safe Line (24/7): 719.633.3819. For additional support and general questions contact TESSA’s Main Office: 719.633.1462.