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Non-Profit Organizations
Fort Bend County Women's Center


Fort Bend County Women's Center
P.O. Box 183
Richmond, TX 77406-0183
Phone: 281-494-4545
Fax: 281-342-9248
Website: www.fortbendwomenscenter.org
24-Hour Crisis Hotline:  281-342-HELP  (281-342-4357)

Executive Director Vita Rogers
Board President George Head
Director of Development and Public Relations Anne Budill
Director of Programs Abeer Monem
Thrifts Store Director Jeff Kana
Shelter Director Katherin Sanders
Director of Operations Lucy Smith
Year of Formation 1980
Fiscal Year End December 31

Mission Statement
To assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children by providing emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, support services and educational outreach.

History
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.

Shelter-Resident Program
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 available.

Non-Resident Programs
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 Survivor Programs
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.

Volunteer Program
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.

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The PennyWise 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.

 
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