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301-329 Gem Ln
San Antonio, TX, 78204
United States

(210) 533-2729

Our mission is to educate our community about the extent and often deadly consequences of domestic violence and to respond effectively through collaborative partnerships.

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Juan Gabriel Fundraiser - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 2017

Monica Velasquez

***WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE BUT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED *** 

             PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE WITH ANY QUESTIONS (210) 533-2729

Join us for "Te Sigo Amando: Una Noche de Amor con Canciones de Juan Gabriel."

Juan Gabriel and his musical gifts will live long in our corazones.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Saturday, February 11, 2017

$65 per person / Sponsorship Packages Available

Buy your tickets now!

In partnership with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, celebrates Love and presents this exciting  fundraiser to help us keep challenging the multi-faceted issues of relationship violence.

Local celebrities will perform Juan Gabriel love songs that have enchanted and embraced our community for decades with the accompaniment of the Guadalupe's Azteca Mariachi to raise funds for the *P.E.A.C.E. Initiative *Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts. 

Confirmed Singers include Cristina Balli, Executive Director, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Irene Chavez, Executive Director, Maestro Entrepreneur Center and P.E.A.C.E. Board member, Ron Nirenberg, City Councilman, Dist. 8 and his wife Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Director, Customer Insights, HEB and Sonia Canales, Supplier Diversity, HEB, Lourdes Galvan, LULAC National Vice President for Women & former City Councilwoman Dist. 5 and Queta L. Marquez, Bexar County Veterans Service Officer. With more to come....

We also have a tremendous Silent Auction that offers wonderful opportunities for sweeping up fun, valuable and cherished gifts while supporting the work of P.E.A.C.E. Initiative.

Come support P.E.A.C.E. 27th year history of servant leadership educating and informing the community of the devastating impact of family and relationship violence.  

 

Frida Fundraiser - Thursday Jan. 26th, 2017

Monica Velasquez

Come paint this Fridita 

& help P.E.A.C.E. Initiative raise funds!!!

Donation: $35.00

Corazones On Fire-Painting with a Cultural Edge Art Studio will provide canvas, brushes, paint, palette, and step-by-step instruction. We also will provide glasses, plates, napkins, and ice (first come, first serve on the ice). You are welcome to bring coordinating, paper plates, cups, and napkins, but NO STYROFOAM please (we are an eco-friendly business). It is recomended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before to get your paint, apron, drinks and snacks. Bring whatever alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and snacks you desire.

To register visit:

 http://corazonesonfire.com/index.php/product/fridita-for-p-e-a-c-e/

Prison Industrial Complex Workshop – June 28th, 2016

Monica Velasquez

P.E.A.C.E. Initiative and Fuerza Unida are uniting to provide a Workshop for the Community on Prison Industrial Complex

Date:        June 28th @ 6pm

Location: 710 New Laredo Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78211

Cost:        Free and open to the public

                 Donations are welcome!

More than ever our children are at risk of falling into the trap of violence and substance abuse.  Fuerza Unida and PEACE Initiative will discuss with participants the topics related to social justice issues that start as early as childhood and when unaddressed the trauma can lead to addiction, mistreatment, abuse, and imprisonment. Join us in our effort to convey the message of how to prevent falling into the trap of abuse which results in a cycle of violence that affects entire families thus realizing through our education program that living in a healthy and safe environment can lead to a brighter future and it is vital to the enhancement, empowerment, and improvement of our communities.

For more information, contact P.E.A.C.E. Initiative at (210) 533-2729 or Fuerza Unida at (210) 927-2294.

Painting with a Cultural Edge Fundraiser – June 24th, 2016

Monica Velasquez

P.E.A.C.E. Initiative Fundraiser - Painting with a Cultural Edge Event

June 24th 2016 @ 6pm-9pm

Corazones on Fire will host a session of painting with a cultural edge to introduce a new muxer version of the tale La Llorona. 

Participants will enjoy drinks and appetizers (first come, first serve) while receiving step-by-step instruction on painting a muxer version of La Llorona. Also enjoy “La Llorona” the vocal and dance performance by Bianca Sapet and Giomara Bazaldua.

Corazones On Fire will provide canvas, brushes, paint, palette, and step-by-step instruction.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before to get your paint, apron, drinks and snacks. BYOB - alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and snacks if you desire.

Fee: $50.00           

Register here: http://corazonesonfire.com/index.php/product/fri-june-24-2016-6-9-pm-p-e-a-c-e-initiative-fundraiser-la-llorona-mexican-myth-series/

If you are unable to attend but wish to make a contribution, please donate...

F.A.C.T. Training – June 25th, 2016

Monica Velasquez

F.A.C.T. Family Assistance Crisis Team Training

THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU! 

Consider becoming a member of FACT to advocate ending the cycle of domestic violence. 

Receive training to offer crisis intervention services to victims and their families and commit to volunteer with SAPD at least 8hrs a month for a duration of six months.  Upon training completion, volunteer assignments will include supporting the Family Justice Center office with administrative duties such as assisting with clients’ paperwork, helping clients get to the correct office, making follow-up calls and assisting with Crime Victims Compensation applications or be assigned to a substation to provide crisis intervention services for clients coming in or calling for assistance.  Once a month, ride with an officer to provide crisis intervention services for victims of domestic violence.

Training is provided free of charge hence, SAPD needs your commitment of 6 months of volunteerism.  Must be 21+ years of age and have no criminal background.  Must attend all 3 sessions to complete the 17-hour training.

Next Available Training:

         Saturday, June 25th     9am-4pm    SAPD Headquarters

         Saturday, July 9th        9am-4pm    SAPD Headquarters

         Tuesday, July 12th        6pm-9pm    SAPD Headquarters

If you are unable to attend the training at this time, please visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/SAPD/FACT.aspx for other sessions available.

To learn more about the Family Assistance Crisis Team (F.A.C.T.) or to volunteer, please call: (210) 207-2305 or P.E.A.C.E. Initiative at (210) 533-2729.

Download application here: 

 

GET INVOLVED - GET INFORMED! – June 18th, 2016

Monica Velasquez

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Patricia S. Castillo, PEACE Initiative Executive Director, will join Chief Justice Catherine Stone on a Panel Discussion about Texas Justice and Women Issues on Saturday, June 18th from 9:45am - 10:45am at the Alamo Dome Exhibit Hall Floor.  No registration is required.  Attendance is free and open to the public.

Consider attending the 2-day Convention June 17th and 18th as other important topics will be discussed.  Featured Speakers Julian and Joaquin Castro.  For more information, please visit their website at http://texasdemocraticconvention.com/schedule/

Father’s Day Project – June 1st-June 16th

Monica Velasquez

Join us in supporting PEACE Initiative in their San Antonio Father’s Day Project by making a pledge!

So if you are a Dad who strongly believes in the cause and/or you have a Dad or husband/brother/cousin/friend (who is a Dad) who supports the cause, please consider participating. To participate, just answer the questions below (a few words per questions will suffice) and submit a high resolution photo of you and your children to: fatheringforalifetime@gmail.com. Submissions should be sent by June 16th 2016, but preferable as soon as possible.

Pledges will be published and released on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th 2016 on our website < https://fatheringforalifetime.wordpress.com/>

Fathers from San Antonio pledge and commit about the joy of being a Dad while promising to be the best Fathers they can be thus, promoting a more peaceful society.

The Fathering for a Lifetime – The San Antonio Father’s Day Project digital campaign is a platform for Dads who support a peaceful society, free of violence and machismo, and to share their ideas, opinions and solutions on being the absolute best Father they can be. This particularly includes stopping and preventing violence against women, promoting acceptance and positivity in our community, and encouraging a nurturing and loving atmosphere for our children.

 

QUESTIONS:

1. What is your first name and your child’s/children’s first name(s)? 

2. What is the best thing about being a dad/mentor to you? 

3. Talk about the legacy you would like to leave for your son/child; who do you want your young person to be and how would you like him or her to give to society? 

4. What is some of your advice to other Father’s and role models to be the best Dad’s they can be?

 

POWERhour Luncheon – June 15th, 2016

Monica Velasquez

Join the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce (SAWCC) for a POWERhour Luncheon, featuring General Angela Salinas and other POWERFUL women in San Antonio who are key leaders in our city, universities and businesses.


Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 11:15am to 1:00pm

Location:    Old San Francisco Steakhouse

                  10223 Sahara Dr., San Antonio, TX 78216

Cost:          $30 for Members/$40 Non-members

                  $320 – Company Table 8

Reservations Required.. Reg online @www.sawomenschamber.org

 

Domestic Violence & Mass Shootings

Patricia Castillo

Domestic violence at the root of most of the mass shootings----

We now know that, in both mass shootings, domestic violence was a part of the story. In the Colorado tragedy, the killer was the abuser. In San Bernardino, the male killer grew up in a home affected by domestic violence.

It turns out this is not a coincidence. Last week, the New York Times reported that 462 people have died and 1,314 have been wounded in shootings involving four or more people. Shockingly, that averages out to more than one a day. And, perhaps not as surprisingly, domestic violence was usually a factor in the killers’ lives. According to the Times, “In 57 percent of the cases, the victims included a current or former intimate partner or family member of the attacker.”

Thanksgiving Eve

Patricia Castillo

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Tonite, Wednesday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m., the community of San Fernando, along with Archbishop Gustavo García Siller and several of us from the faith and service community, will host the 24th Annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service. Please receive this invitation to participate with my sincere hope that your schedule will permit you to join us! 

This year’s theme is, “Unity in God’s Name”.  Here is the prayer I will share on behalf of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative:

Creator God..., we are gathered today remembering those affected by violence and abuse …we are Thankful to do so, united in your name.

We come to you requesting that you hear our prayer, for alone we can do nothing….and we will be Thankful to do so, united in your name.

We know we can move mountains with your guidance and blessing & we’re Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Help us all realize that we are all a reflection of each other & what hurts me, hurts everyone & what hurts others, hurts me too! So I am… Thankful to do so, united in your name.

If we have been wounded by a loved one, grant us the insight and power to seek the healing we all deserve…and be…. Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Grant us the courage to see problems both in our neighborhoods and in the neighborhoods of others….so we are… Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Ever-living and loving God, challenge us to read the signs of our times…… And be Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Keep us constantly aware of the need to reflect on the concerns of violence….. that make us Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Inspire us to act on the urgency of your call, to address the many needs around us….. so we’ll be…. Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Grant us the strength and fortitude to respond to the work before us according to your will….. and be ever mindful and…. Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Let us leave this gathering more concerned about issues of violence and abuse that surround us…. And remain…. Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Grant us strength in our convictions, grant us an open heart of compassion for the abused, and grant us wisdom to plant seeds that encourage people to effectively act upon these serious issues…..while being….. Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Protect and care for, those who are violated and those who strive to do this work on their behalf …. So we’ll remain… Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Move those who are violent and abusive onto a path of courageous, permanent, change and make them….. Thankful to do so, united in your name.

Creator God, open our spirit, to accepting and living by the power of your divine PEACE and grant us the privilege to be… Thankful to do so, united in your name.

And finally, as we leave, Be with us Creator God, comfort us, protect us for the work that lies ahead and know that we are…… Thankful to do so, united in your name.