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.
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.
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.