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.
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.
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.