The Clinical Corner

Clients report enjoying CST’s hospitality, knowing there is always tea, juice, snacks, offered several times before, during and after an appointment. Clients report a feeling of being hopeful after receiving service from CST.

The following are comments from the client survey:
•“No one leaves CST hungry.”
•“I was able to graduate high-school in the U.S. after not knowing any English and having to take care of three of siblings alone in my country before arriving in the USA at age 15.”
•“There is always help at CST. CST is family. CST helped me with my problem and now I have my family here with me in the U.S. God bless CST.”

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Community of Hope Giving Program

The Community of Hope is a new giving opportunity for donors to enable Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) to provide free comprehensive mental health counseling and related services for torture survivors living in our community. With your tax-deductible gift of $250 or more (or a monthly gift of $25), your name will be recognized in CST’s giving program ‘The Community of Hope”, in the CST newsletter, on our website, and at our yearly donor recognition luncheon.

Your generosity empowers the men, women, and children who have suffered from being tortured, to rebuild their lives, with hope and encouragement.

Giving regularly allows you and your family to have a greater impact on the survivors we serve by breaking down a generous total contribution into a monthly amount that fits your charitable giving goals. Monthly giving creates sustainability and stability for CST and our clients since the demand for the healing services that we provide has doubled in 2013.
Please go to www.cstnet.org and make a commitment to rebuild a life today.

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Meadows Campaign Update: We Did It!

With overwhelming gratitude, Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) extends a huge thank you for your support in reaching our mutual goal to be the recipient of The Meadows Foundation Matching Grant. With your donations, $50,000 was raised, which was then matched by The Meadows Foundation, for a grand total of $100,000 distributed on October 29, 2013! Your contributions are already helping torture and trauma survivors to heal with respect and to believe that there is hope for their future as part of the Texas Community.

CST clients, including children and families, are thriving as a result of the comprehensive mental health services provided funded by your incredible generosity.

*** The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country, both for its grantmaking practices and its active engagement in advancing the field of private philanthropy.

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From the Executive Director – November 2013

Dear CST supporters,

In many ways, 2013 is going to be a record year for Center for Survivors of Torture. We have been able to expand our mental health services to more refugees suffering from anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder. We welcomed our new clinical director, the well-regarded Dr. Russ Adams, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Under Dr. Adams’ clinical leadership, CST will continue to expand as a warm and welcoming community center for survivors of torture and trauma, all over Texas.

So far, in 2013, we were honored and humbled to have received NEW grants from The Meadows Foundation, ORR, Still Water Foundation, LIRS, Shield-Ayres, The Hammill Foundation, The Link Foundation, John Frucella Foundation, UNVFVT, and LCRA. Additionally, the community has wrapped their arms around us to make this a stellar year for clients who benefited from your generous donations and volunteerism.

Thank you for your continuing participation in advancing our mission, healing international survivors of torture and trauma through counseling and related services.

Warm regards,

Celia VanDeGraaf
Executive Director
director@cstnet.org

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Meadows Foundation Will Double Your Generous Donation to CST

The Meadows Foundation of Dallas, Texas has awarded a grant of $100,000 to Center for Survivors of Torture and will match $1:$1 for funds that we are able to raise up to $50,000, between February 6 and October 31, 2013. This means every dollar that you donate to help survivors of torture will be doubled! Please join us in the matching funds campaign!

The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country, both for its grantmaking practices and its active engagement in advancing the field of private philanthropy.

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World Refugee Day, Through the Eyes of a CST Volunteer

“Certainly, for the refugees attaining their US citizenship at the ceremony and for the numerous other refugees who have been here awhile or who aspire to become citizens, the World Refugee Day celebration at the Texas History Museum has a profound personal significance. For me also, as a new volunteer at CST and a relatively new Austinite, it was a momentous occasion. I was, for the first time, immersed in the remarkably multifaceted, colorful, and festive manifestation of something that I had been inspired by indirectly. This was my chance to experience the size and the vibrancy of the refugee population firsthand.

 

Smiling Iraqi children crafted thank you cards at CST’s table. A Congolese teenager performed a powerful spoken word piece. A well-dressed (some in traditional attire from their homelands) crowd ate delicious food and drummed together. An Iraqi man played an evocative piece on the oud. Downstairs, organizations committed to helping refugees handed out literature and engaged guests, while families posed for professional photographs. I found myself wanting to take photos, a sign that I was feeling inspired – happy to be in a city like Austin where this is possible and happy to bear witness to this tribute to survivors. Their joyful energy was infectious. I had a sense of being in a realm in which I want to spend more time, of being around people I want to know better.”

– Kevin L., CST Volunteer

Multiple musicians and bands from all over the world performed at World Refugee Day. Photos courtesy of Kevin L.

 

 

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CST In the Press

Make sure to check out our Matching Campaign from The Meadows Foundation coverage from the Dallas Morning News HERE and our involvement with World Refugee Day in the Austin American Statesman HERE.

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From The Executive Director – June 2013

Dear CST supporters,

Every day, women, men, and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth. In too many countries, people’s legitimate demands for freedom and human rights are met with brutal repression.
Yesterday was International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and we express our solidarity with, and support for, the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their family members throughout the world who endure such suffering.
I want to extend a sincere thank you for your support and continuing interest in Center for Survivors of Torture. It is my great pleasure to share with you that we have passed the 2,000 mark in the provision of quality mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers to restore their spirit and rebuild their lives.
Please do not forget to make your pledge to help CST clients through The Meadows Foundation’s matching grant by October 2013.
Warmest regards,
Celia VanDeGraaf
Executive Director
director@cstnet.org

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Monthly Learning Luncheons for Torture Treatment Providers to be Hosted by CST

Join CST Executive Director, Celia VanDeGraaf and staff on May 1, 2013 for an open discussion regarding the provision of services to torture survivors at our “Brown Bag Learning Luncheon”.

All providers who would like guidance in order to work with survivors are welcome to attend. “Learning Luncheon” will be an ongoing service to providers on the first Wednesday of each month at our Austin office at 9415 Burnet Road Suite 201 or by request via WEBEX. Please call (512)358-4612 for additional questions.

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Meadows Foundation Will Double Your Generous Donation to CST

The Meadows Foundation of Dallas, Texas has awarded a grant of $100,000 to Center for Survivors of Torture and will match $1:$1 for funds that we are able to raise up to $50,000, between February 6 and October 31, 2013. This means every dollar that you donate to help survivors of torture will be doubled! Please join us in the matching funds campaign!

The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country, both for its grantmaking practices and its active engagement in advancing the field of private philanthropy.

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