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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.