History

The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. was organized in 1979 under the auspices of the YWCA. The agency was established to provide safe, supportive temporary accommodations and counseling to victims of family violence and sexual assault and their families. The initial program developed in 1979 was a volunteer program. In 1981, with funds from the Texas Department of Human Resources, an Executive Director was hired and the Houston/Galveston Catholic Diocese donated a two-story building. In 1985, the Women’s Resource and Crisis Center became a separate entity totally removed from the umbrella of the YWCA. A new Board of Directors was formed and all necessary legal matters completed. The Diocese continued to donate the building until July 2003, at which time RCC opened an independent shelter building. In 2003, the name was changed to encompass the non-gender-specific nature of our intervention programs.

Today, RCC operates a safe shelter program, advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault, client services for women, men and children experiencing family violence, including incarcerated women, a community prevention and education program, legal services, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, a volunteer program and three resale stores, which financially supports all other programs. All clients are assisted in identifying the full range of options and local resources available. Services are provided without regard to race, national origin, age, physical disability, lifestyle or religion.

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