In May of 2019, our founder’s lives were forever changed by an unimaginable tragedy. Their dear daughter, Evie, who was only 12 years old, lost her battle with the hidden struggles of emotional turmoil and took her own life. The pain they felt seemed unbearable, but from that darkness, Michael and Jessica Domingos created Tiny Evie Rocks.
In the midst of their grief, they made a powerful choice to transform heartbreak into something meaningful. They wanted to take action to prevent others from the same pain that shattered their world. And so, Tiny Evie Rocks was created, driven by a mission to bring light, hope, and understanding to the community.
Over the years, our organization has grown and expanded its efforts in equipping individuals with life-saving intervention skills through programs such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and AS+K About Suicide To Save A Life Gatekeeper Training. These workshops empower individuals to recognize warning signs, engage in compassionate conversations, and connect those in need to life-saving support.
We didn't stop there. We knew that music has the power to heal, inspire, and unite, and could be used to connect with our community on a deeper level and foster a sense of belonging. We began organizing music-centric events where people could come together, celebrate life, share stories, engage in education, and raise awareness about the strength within. As we continue this transformative journey, we hold Evie's memory close to our hearts, treasuring the joy she brought into so many lives. Tiny Evie Rocks has become a way of honoring her, a beacon of light that emerged from the shadows. Through our programs, events, and unwavering dedication, we strive to honor Evie's spirit by spreading awareness, fostering understanding, and bringing hope to all those who need it.
Our journey is taking us into new places. Along the way we’ve realized that even a small thing can have a ripple effect that brings about big change. It’s that one moment, that one choice or word, that ends up having a big effect on something or someone.
Tiny Evie Rocks has grown and changed so much. From small acts of kindness to big initiatives to have a direct impact on the suicide rate in our county. Our region has the highest suicide rate in Texas, and we are determined to change that.
In 2023, Tiny Evie Rocks evolved into The Evie Effect. We are no longer a small nonprofit; we've become a powerful movement symbolizing that even small change can have a big impact.
Though the pain of losing Evie will always remain, we have transformed it into a force for good. Every life saved, every heart healed, and every flicker of hope kindled in the shadows reminds us of our purpose. Together, we can build a world where inner strength matters, where nobody suffers alone, and where every young person finds the support they need to overcome their darkest moments. Evie's legacy lives on through The Evie Effect, showing us the power of love, resilience, and the unshakable belief that even in the face of tragedy, hope will always find a way.