A small group of individuals felt there was a need in our community to offer support to battered women and their children. They started taking turns answering a crisis hotline that was forwarded to their homes. Some made room in their own homes for the women that had no place else to turn. It was soon realized that the need was greater than anyone had imagined. In November The Women’s Shelter of the Corpus Christi Area, Inc. became incorporated.
With grants from the City of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, and several area foundations including the Earl C. Sams Foundation, a building was purchased and renovated, opening to shelter battered women and their children in January. As the third battered women’s shelter to open in the state of Texas, the agency went on to provide safety and support to hundreds of victims over the next several years.
With a grant from the Hogg Foundation the agency begins providing direct services to children residing in the shelter facility.
The Support Center, intended to provide individual and group counseling to nonresidential victims of violence, is established with the support of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation.
Victims of Crime Act funding was received to reach out into the eleven outlying counties of the agency’s service area. Two part-time Advocates provided peer counseling, information and referral, advocacy, and community education to victims residing in these areas.
Addition of the Sexual Assault Intervention Program in October 1993, serving adult victims of sexual assault.
The new shelter facility opens with a capacity of housing up to sixty-five women and children.
A Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) was initiated on September 1, 1995, providing an educationally based group format for participants.
With a generous gift from Ed and Janet Harte, the Harte Building to house administration and supportive services at 813 Buford St. was opened in August 1999, allowing the agency to offer expanded services.
The agency focused on expanding outreach services into the rural areas, with the establishment of offices in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Sinton and the addition of six advocates in order to fully staff each location.
A Prevention and Education team was formed to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault and the services offered by the agency.