The Atascosa Family Crisis Center is excited to announce that their shelter is finally in the building process and coming along strong. The plans are for the shelter to be open by the end of the year. Jessica Tom, Capital Campaign Chair and Rhonda Williamson, AFCC Executive Director, discussed how the shelter came to fruition. According to the two, the building was purchased in 2015 without any long-term planning. Rotary members, Walt Rakowitz, Rusty Garvin and Ken Donoughue volunteered to become involved to help make a plan to build a shelter that could provide a safe haven for victims. Currently, the only shelters available are out of Atasocsa County. Through the efforts of many, an AACOG grant was secured to fund shelter operations but did not provide funding for remodeling. Jessica Tom was asked to chair a capital campaign in the summer of 2017 and has assisted AFCC in securing to date, $150,000 in private donations, a $100,000 Baptist Health Foundation Grant, and a $75,000 Meadows Foundation Grant. These funds will allow AFCC to open an ADA- compliant emergency shelter complete with a new roof and updated amenities. The Capital Campaign Committee says, “We thank the community for their support and will continue the updates as progress continues!”
Atascosa Family Crisis Center Inc was established as a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 in April of 1992 to provide support to the victims of dating violence, family violence, sexual assault and stalking. The center provides 24- hour service to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.