Fort Bend County Women's Center
Fort Bend County
P.O. Box 183
Richmond, TX 77406-0183
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 281-342-HELP
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Thrifts Store Director
Director of Operations
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To assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and
their children by providing emergency shelter, crisis
intervention, counseling, support services and educational
Pat Altman, a Rosenberg
attorney, Timothy Sloane, Assistant District Attorney and
Paulette Greene, a Rosenberg businesswoman founded Fort Bend
County Women's Center, Inc. in 1980. Since inception, more
than 15,000 women and children have been helped by the Fort Bend
County Women's Center. Through various donations and major
fundraisers, the Fort Bend County Women's Center has been able
to provide emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling,
support services and educational outreach for survivors of
domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.
The Fort Bend County Women's Center Shelter provides a 24-Hour
Crisis Hotline and emergency shelter to women and children who
are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Families are provided with shelter, food, clothing, emergency
medical services and weekly case management. In addition,
individual, family and group counseling is provided to
facilitate the healing and growth into independent living.
Scheduled activities, such as field trips, arts, crafts and
story reading are also available to resident children.
Playcare with structured play activities is provided for Shelter
children so clients can meet appointments such as medical, legal
and job interviews. Transportation services are also
Outreach and Education Program
The goal of the Education Outreach program is
prevention-oriented. The program offers information and
education on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault issues to area
service providers, professionals, religious and ethnic groups
and schools. Sensitivity training to legal and law
enforcement agencies is also provided through this program.
Family Violence and Sexual Assault
The Family Violence and Sexual Assault Survivor programs offer
crisis intervention and counseling to victims and survivors.
Other services include support groups for women and children,
referrals to medical, legal and job training services, as well
as, emergency assistance towards food, clothing and rent.
These programs work in close collaboration with area schools to
help students deal with sexual assault, sexual harassment and
date violence issues.
Aftercare and Learning Resource Center
The Aftercare program is
designed to support the efforts of abused women and their
children to establish households independent of their battering
partners. Services include home-based counseling and
advocacy services to both women and children, rental assistance,
transportation services and learning center services such as GED
preparation, resume building, computer skills and other
marketable skills needed to obtain a job.
The Volunteer program offers opportunities in the following
areas: children's program, 24-hour crisis hotline, personal
accompaniment volunteers (PAV), support group, office support,
special events and Thrift Shop. Training requirements must
be met for some of these areas.
Volunteer training programs on Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault are offered several times each year.
The training prepares volunteers to carry the message of
non-violence to school children and community groups. The
PAV (personal accompaniment volunteers) program trains women to
accompany rape victims to hospitals and offer support throughout
the legal process and medical rape examination.
PennyWise Richmond -
PennyWise Stafford -
Resale Centers create revenue to support the client programs by
offering donated goods to the public at low prices. They also
afford Center clients and their children an opportunity to find
free clothing, furniture, and other household items, major
necessities in establishing a household independent of their
batterers when they leave the shelter.
Items available at PennyWise locations include
furniture for home and office, computers and electronics, bikes,
sporting goods, jewelry, and clothing, including everything from
jeans to wedding gowns. Donations, in good condition, are
received Monday through Saturday until 4 p.m, at both locations.