The purpose of the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC) is to create an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the communities we serve. The Center will provide education, violence prevention services and crisis intervention to victims of family violence, sexual assault, dating violence and child abuse. We will seek the support and resources necessary to achieve this mission.
Our trained HEARTeam emergency response advocates responded to 56 sexual assault and family violence calls at area hospitals in the past year. HCWC answered 3,188 HELPline calls and reached 20,402 people through prevention and community education.
Impact StatementEstablished in 1978, HCWC is distinguished by having opened one of the original six family violence shelters funded by the State of Texas in 1980 and by having established one of the original ten sexual assault programs funded in Texas in 1984. HCWC then established a Children's Advocacy Center, Roxanne's House in 1997.
In 2009 we opened a new, state-of-the-art McCoy Family Violence Shelter, and in 2012 we moved our other programs and teams into our remodeled and expanded current facilities to better serve victims. HCWC is unique in Central Texas in co-locating a shelter, counseling and advocacy services for victims of family violence and sexual assault with a Children's Advocacy Center. This year we are celebrating our 40th year of impacting lives and being leaders in victim services. With the support of our community members we have been able to rise to the challenge of meeting the ever growing needs of our expanding communities and continue to make victims of abuse our first priority.
Needs StatementHays and Caldwell counties have experienced incredible population growth in the last five years, far exceeding our projections. The two counties we serve cover 1,227 square miles and an estimated population of 207,724 (U.S. Census, 2012). Since 2007, HCWC has seen demand for our services increase by 68%. HCWC has continued to meet the needs of this growing community by broadening our base of local community support and using innovative approaches to meet client needs. Over the course of the last 10 years HCWC has provided face-to-face, free and confidential services to more than 12,000 victims of abuse.
Two years ago I came back to HCWC to start healing. I committed to come to counseling weekly. Although I questioned myself: Is this all I'm worth? Do I deserve this? What am I doing wrong? HCWC helped me realize that I deserve to be treated with respect and I am valuable.
My 7-year-old is also in counseling at HCWC and handling the pending divorce without acting out. The others are too young to understand. The services at HCWC have helped me start a whole new life with my children. Five months ago they helped me relocate to a new home and get caught up on bills. I no longer feel trapped and alone. I will never again let anyone tell me I'm not good enough."
"Individual counseling was a life saving thing for me. I loved my counselor. She helped me go back to school and get my degree. I now have a job doing what I love. I have a community here that really helps me through. I am so grateful for all the time and help that I have been given."
"Coming into HCWC has helped me to restore my mind of what I really want for my family and it's not to be in an abusive relationship that could affect our children in life. Everything happens for a reason. Eventually all the pieces will slowly fall into place. Situations fall apart so better things can fall together."
St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.