Abigail's Arms CCFCC has proudly served Cooke County, Texas for over 38 years. The severe winter storm in February interrupted their essential support services to clients, including providing safe, secure housing. Their emergency shelter was without power for over 12 hours followed by rolling blackouts which kept the temperature within the building at or below freezing for over 24 hours. Damage from this situation included frozen fire suppression sprinkler and water damage in the ceiling and floor of common areas and client rooms. Frozen and refrigerated food had to be removed. and clients had to stay in a hotel for several days. In the coming weeks, Abigail's Arms will incur unplanned expenses to have the sprinkler lines tested, replaced and recertified. The program plans to purchase a back-up generator to prevent extensive damage during future inclement weather events. Your support helps Abigail's Arms repair their building, sustain their essential services and prepare for future disasters.
AFSSA serves survivors of violence and communities who do not always speak English or Spanish and is responding to an increased demand for culturally specific resources and language interpretation. This includes distribution of culturally specific foods and personal care/hygiene items to Asian and immigrant communities and access to interpreter services so survivors can navigate English-speaking systems independently (such as utility providers, landlords, health services). With your support, AFSSA will be able to reduce barriers for survivors navigating complex disaster recovery systems that are not designed to meet all culturally specific needs.
The Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties provides essential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse across two rural counties of East Texas, spanning more than 2,000 square miles. As a result, one of their shelters experienced flooding due to a frozen pipe which burst inside the wall of the building. Given the size of their service area, it's critical to have operational shelters in multiple locations. Your support will help Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties in all of the communities they serve.
Families In Crisis, Inc.'s 65-bed domestic violence shelter in Killeen relies on their storage building to maintain a supply of clothing, shoes, linens, and other donated items for clients. Since most clients arrive with just the clothes on their backs, it is critical to have on-site access to these supplies and they need their storage unit to remain dry to protect them. During the winter storm, they experienced significant roof damage to the storage unit that caused serious water damage inside. Your support helps Family in Crisis replace the storage building roof and ensure their supply of clothing and related items are available for client use.
Family Abuse Center experienced significant damage during the recent winter storm. After water pipes froze, despite being wrapped and insulated in the attic space above the shelter, the ceilings collapsed. All of the drywall in the residential wing and all of the floors were damaged. In addition to the structural repairs, the program must replace linens, blankets, and shelving in the closets that were damage. Family Abuse Center is sustaining services for clients using temporary housing outside the shelter for a period of time during the renovations. Your support helps Family Abuse Center maintain accessibility to services during repairs.
Family Services of Southeast Texas experienced significant damage to both of their family violence shelters. As a result, shelter residents were relocated to hotels for 14 days at a cost of $2000 per day. The displacement temporarily interrupted services such as counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, and case management. FSST is awaiting bids from contractors to replace broken pipes, line leaks, ceiling and wall damage, and hot water heaters, but expects repair costs to exceed $50,000. Your support allows Family Services of Southeast Texas to sustain direct services to survivors while they undergo major repairs in the shelter facilities.
First Step of Wichita Falls, Inc (FSI) incurred increased expenses for utilities, food, and payroll due to the winter storm conditions. FSI was already experiencing financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic drop in financial support. Sustaining 24 hour shelter operations during such extreme conditions stretched the program's budget as FSI anticipates a large increase in utility bills and meals provided by the program. After a year of depleting resources and dwindling financial support during the pandemic, your support helps FSI cover these unexpected increases in expenses.
For the first time in over 36 years, Genesis had to close the doors of their emergency shelter and transitional housing facility due to the unsafe conditions precipitated by the unprecedented winter storm that blew through Texas. While Genesis was able to reopen and fill the emergency shelter a week later, Annie’s House, their transitional housing facility, suffered significant infrastructure damage. Multiple pipes burst throughout the facility, caving in ceilings and flooding apartments, offices, and the on-site school. Due to this extensive damage, Genesis has been forced to secure alternative safe locations for all Annie’s House residents until the damage has been remediated. At this time the known damages exceed $1,000,000 and are expected to grow exponentially. Your support not only enables Genesis to welcome their clients home sooner, it shines a spotlight on violence against women and children and lets survivors know that they are not alone.
After HCWC’s family violence shelter was without power during sub-freezing temperatures for 36 hours, the fire suppression sprinkler pipes froze and developed several leaks. When electricity to the shelter was restored on February 16th and pipes began to thaw, a large volume of water sprayed out of the ceiling and into their shelter. HCWC staff relocated 23 shelter clients (adults and children) to a local hotel while repairs and clean-up were completed at the shelter. Your support helps HCWC replace building structures and materials that were damaged in the storm and cover the cost of unplanned hotel expenses.
Mid-Coast Family Services (MCFS) was instrumental in the Victoria community's emergency response to the winter storm. They financially supported hotels for 140 people without housing for ten days during the inclement weather. MCFS' hotline staff stayed at the program's family violence shelter because of unsafe road conditions and responded to community members who were struggling with concerns about their own basic survival needs. Until the City of Victoria opened a hotline for residents, MCFS staff provided not only family violence and sexual assault crisis intervention, but also basic survival skills to community members who were afraid they might die due to storm conditions. Your support positions MCFS to cover the unexpected additional expenses needed to meet the needs of the greater community so that they can stay focused on providing healing and life-saving services to survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
Noah Project was without power for three days and without potable water for a week. Three staff members who were without heat, electricity and water at their own homes stayed at the shelter during this time to support 24 hour operations. In addition to water leaks in three areas of the program caused by the fire suppression system, eight employees experienced significant damage in their own homes. Your support helps Noah Project sustain the city of Abilene's only family violence shelter as they assess the damage and needs related to these disaster-related challenges.
Open Arms Rape Crisis Center and LGBT+ Services has been serving the Concho Valley for over 28 years. Open Arms offers victim services, education and LGBT+ support to the 170,000 residents in 11 counties in Midwest Texas. Winter Storm Uri caused the only working heater at Open Arms to breakdown. Employees are currently working offices using only personal space heaters, but they aren’t enough to keep the hard-working staff warm. Repairing their heating system will cost approximately $15,000. Your support helps Open Arms repair the heating systems so the program can be fully operational and accessible to survivors in the community.
SafeHaven operates Tarrant County’s only two domestic violence shelters. Two hot water heaters and 42 sprinkler heads in their Fort Worth shelter burst, causing water leaks into the children’s program area and in resident rooms. In addition to building repairs, SafeHaven must replace mattresses in rooms. Your support helps SafeHaven maintain shelter accessibility in the largest city in its urban service area.
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. experienced the bursting of over 12 pipes in their childcare facility, resulting in flooding that damaged up to 80% of their center. Every office & classroom was destroyed including walls, furniture, cribs, floors, & the roof. This damage also means the do not currently have spaces to hold family meetings & teen groups. The devastation of the damage has resulted in several low-income families being without the necessary childcare services they rely on and the children have been displaced from the daily school they call home. Your donations help the Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. restore these invaluable services to families who are seeking safety and support in their community.
Due to the recent unprecedented Arctic storm in Dallas, The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in North Texas, anticipates damage to their largest residential facility to be in the millions of dollars. As they begin demolition, they are discovering that needed repairs are even more extensive than previously anticipated. They are housing displaced clients in 65 extended-stay hotel rooms for at least 16 weeks. This is a completely unbudgeted, unforeseen cost. These women and children were traumatized by violence and homelessness before they came to The Family Place. Although they anticipate overall expenses to be millions of dollars, they are requesting help to cover the repairs that will not be covered by insurance.
The SAFE Alliance is a central Texas nonprofit dedicated to stopping the cycle of violence by working with survivors and working to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and sex trafficking. During Winter Storm Uri, SAFE's Children's Shelter and emergency drop-in center, Liza's House, incurred significant damages and unanticipated financial expenses as a result of the freezing temperatures, power delays, extensive water outages, and supply demands for basic necessities (water, milk, diapers, baby wipes, formula, cooked meals, etc.).
Women in Need, Inc. experienced water leaks in their shelter kitchen, coming through vents above their two stoves. They discovered that a pipe had broken in three different areas. The cost of replacing the pipe was approximately $900 and there is a need for additional repairs to replace sheet rock and insulation and assess if any items were damaged in the kitchen. Your support helps Women in Need, Inc. restore the kitchen that is central to the operations of their 24-hour shelter.
The Women's Center of East Texas (WCET) in Longview provides family violence and sexual assault services in a six county area. During the winter storm, the family violence shelter was badly damaged by flooding, including a ceiling collapse. The facility is uninhabitable and the extensive damage has required WCET to relocate all adults and children in immediate danger of family violence to a secure location, where services continue. Funding is needed to assist in covering expenses not covered by insurance including the replacement of furniture/office items and additional costs for labor and storage to move out and back into their shelter. Your support relieves the financial burden that WCET faces in rebuilding their family violence shelter so they can stay focused on supporting the needs of their clients.