East Texas Crisis Center honors domestic violence victim advocates with HOPE Awards

Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 2:05 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The East Texas Crisis Center honored men and women going “above and beyond” in taking a stand against domestic violence with the annual HOPE Awards.

The East Texas Crisis Center recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month annually with the goal of increasing awareness. This year’s ceremony was held at The Foundry Coffee House.

Today four awards were given to honor and recognize individuals in the community, who go above & beyond to support survivors of domestic violence.

“The one that I got in 2003 hangs on the wall in my office has whenever I’ve gone its always been with me,” says Robert Dodd.

Dodd has volunteered with The East Texas Crisis Center since 2003.

He has also helped the organization raise funds at the annual car show event every year.

Special Event Coordinator Jeremy Flowers, called Dodd and alerted him that he will be receiving the Hope Award for the second time this year.

“To be recognized for the work that we do its nice it really is not necessary but very appreciated,” said Dodd.

The recipients who received awards were Jasmine Rodriguez with Lewis Realty, Kelsea Simpson with Transcend Esthetics & Massage, and Robert Dodd and Seth Black with Promo Media.

Jasmine Rodriguez of Lewis Realty promotes quality services for survivors of family violence.

Rodriguez helps survivors of domestic abuse seeking housing.

Kelsea Simpson is a sexual assault survivor who started a snack drive to help the clients of The East Texas Crisis Center struggling with food insecurity.

Mayor Don Warren officially declared October of 2022 Domestic Violence Awareness Month.