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Community Education FAQs

Q: What does the Community Education department do?

A: We empower community members to foster healthy relationships and to understand, prevent and respond effectively to all forms of abuse.  We strive to make every member of our community aware that abuse is a reality in our community, that free help is available for those suffering from abuse, and that all our services are free of charge.

Q: In what ways do you educate the community?

A: We educate the community on domestic and teen dating abuse through webinars, workshops, speeches, interactive activities, classroom activities, Q&A panels and community fairs.

Q: Who do you educate?  Who is your audience?

A: We educate any sort of community group, organization or school.  We educate middle and high school students, college students, faith communities, first responders, volunteers, providers, clinicians, businesses, teachers, counselors and more.

Q: Who are your educators?

Ryan Thomas is the Community Education Program Manager at Hope’s Door New Beginning Center.  His mission is to empower community members to foster healthy relationships by being able to recognize, prevent and respond to abuse. He loves to engage community members in conversations about domestic and dating abuse through speeches, presentations, and workshops.   Prior to working in domestic abuse prevention, Ryan was a school teacher for 15 years, working mostly with teens and young adults.  Ryan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University and is a certified teacher in Texas.

estrella_bio.jpgEstrella Cruz Vazquez is the Bilingual Community Educator at Hope’s Door New Beginning Center.  Her mission is to educate all community members and empower them to live a life without violence. Prior to working in domestic abuse prevention, she worked for Texas A&M University - Commerce for 3 years conducting community outreach with underserved populations and providing them necessary resources. Estrella received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Texas A&M University – Commerce.


Q: Are your topics appropriate for young people?

A: Absolutely.  Current research shows that even 9th grade is too late to start educating young people for primary prevention to be effective.  Leading researchers recommend that healthy relationships and dating abuse education begin in the 6th grade.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: All Community Education Services are free of charge.

Q: Do you come to us?

A: Yes, we come to you.  Or we can set up a customized Zoom meeting for your organization.  No group is too small.  No group is too large.  

Q: What sort of education programs do you have for adults or professionals?

A: We have a number of education and training programs for adults and professionals.  For more information about our educational programming for adults and professionals, please check out our Education and Training Programs for Adults and Professionals.

Q: What sort of education programs do you have for teens or students?

A: We have a number of educational presentations, programs and activities for teens and students.  For more information about our education programs for young people, please check out our Educational Programming for Teens and Students.

Q: I would like you to come to my school or organization.  How do I get in touch with you?

A: Submit a speaker request form below!    For more information or to ask a question, please call our Community Education Program Manager at 469-969-7254 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




All Community Education services are free of charge in English or Spanish.

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We love hearing directly from members of our community.  If you would like more information or if you have a question regarding our free Community Education Services, please call 469-969-7254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for supporting survivors of abuse in our community!

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