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Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services

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South Texas
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Women's Shelter of South Texas
Frances Wilson
P.O. Box 3368
Corpus Christi
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Funds will be used to support the agency's Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services program which provides shelter, counseling, case management, legal advocacy, youth services, rape crisis services, and rural outreach services to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence in the South Texas region including Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties.
Victims of domestic and sexual violence benefit from the safety that emergency shelter provides and supportive services that empower them to achieve and maintain violence-free lives. Prevention and intervention strategies positively impact victims at the time of service and as they move towards lives without abuse while families benefit through breaking the often multi-generational cycle of violence, allowing children to grow up in an environment that helps prevent violence in future generations. The community-at-large benefits as individuals and families live safer, healthier lives within their communities.
Proposal Description
The Women’s Shelter of South Texas will provide emergency shelter and comprehensive supportive services free of charge to all victims seeking assistance in the South Texas region the agency serves including Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. Additionally, victims from other areas who are displaced due to natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods and victims who are referred from other organizations due to a necessary relocation for safety reasons will be assisted. All agency services are available to individuals and families residing in the shelter and to persons residing in the community. Services include: •Shelter/Safe House (65 bed) for women and accompanying children, including provision of clothing, food, and personal items for each individual and family; •24-hour toll-free Crisis Hotline; •Crisis Intervention to reduce immediate effects of trauma due to abuse; •Individual and Group Counseling; •Case Management: referrals to resources including employment, housing, educational opportunities, medical care, and childcare; •Youth Services: mentoring for school success, counseling, play therapy for young children, and summer activities; •Legal Advocacy: assistance regarding the criminal justice system, obtaining protective orders, crime victim’s compensation, court accompaniment, and legal aid referrals; •Rape Crisis Services: crisis intervention, hospital accompaniment, and counseling; •Rural Outreach Services provided in eleven rural counties and in rural Nueces County: safety planning, counseling, information and referral, community education, emergency shelter transportation, and legal advocacy The goal of the Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services program is to reduce the immediate trauma due to domestic and sexual abuse and provide the support required to allow victims to explore options for change and independence in their lives. The following objectives assist in meeting this goal. •Identification of additional victims: The agency continues to identify victims in need of services, with 2,870 clients served in 2009, a 7% increase from 2008 and an 18% increase from 2007. The 65-bed shelter/safe house is available to all victims seeking emergency shelter, providing an environment where clients are assisted in working towards the goal of achieving and maintaining violence-free lives. No individual or family fleeing abuse is turned away from agency services. •Provision of supportive services for victims: Supportive services including counseling, case management, and legal advocacy assist residential clients and clients residing in the community in addressing the trauma of abuse and in exploring options that lead to safety and sustained independence. •Provision of free, quality services to victims in need: Service delivery is emphasized for victims who reside in rural and underserved areas, victims who are minorities, victims with disabilities, and victims with limited resources. In 2009, 78% of clients self-reported as Hispanic, 13% reported a disability, 57% were from rural areas, and 51% reported an annual income of under $15,000.