It’s a common saying that it takes a village to help someone leave an abusive relationship. That’s exactly what The Spring Of Tampa Bay is: A nonprofit that protects survivors of domestic violence. The Spring’s mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote change in lives, families and communities. Founded by four strong women, The Spring was established when one of the founding women opened up her home as a safe haven for a friend who needed to escape an abusive relationship. After word spread, more women came forward seeking shelter. Eventually, in 1984, the first shelter was built with only four bedrooms. Today, The Spring has become one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the state of Florida.
The Spring hosts an annual luncheon that provides insight and advocacy about domestic violence in our communities. The Annual Mabel H. Bexley Gift of Peace Lunch also celebrates individuals who’ve made an impact on the organization. The event takes place at Armature Works on October 26, 2022. October is domestic violence awareness month, so this event is an excellent opportunity to get involved.
The luncheon is just one of the annual events that The Spring hosts. They also host The Annual Handbags & Happy Hour and an Annual Teen Summit. Here are the other ways that The Spring helps domestic abuse survivors of Tampa Bay.