Last year, the number of Texans killed by intimate partners increased by 23 percent. The number of women killed by men was 183 with 45 percent of those seeking help or trying to end the relationship. Women seeking to leave need a safe haven. The Montgomery County Women’s Shelter provides it.
Established as the Montgomery County Rape Crisis Coalition in 1982, the shelter changed its name to the Montgomery County Women’s Center as the goals of the non-profit expanded. Thirty years later, the center provides a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and legal services to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Each year, they receive more than 2,000 hotline calls and provide a safe haven for more than 800 survivors of domestic assault each year. These women and children fill the center’s 75 beds almost every night. Three meals and two snacks are served per day, which equates to 93,750 meals and 62,500 snacks per year. Families can stay for up to 30 days.
All of these services are provided at no cost except for income-based rent for transitional housing. Reaching Pines is a 24-unit apartment facility that offers qualifying women a minimal rent, as well as counseling and advocacy, for up to 24 months.
Many women and children arrive at the shelter with only the clothes on their backs. To serve them, the Montgomery County Women’s Center accepts everything from tangible items like clothing, shoes, baby monitors, portable cribs, strollers and more to volunteer services and monetary donations.
These items can be new or gently used, and you can donate these items through Woodforest’s The Giving Tree initiative. From now to Dec. 17, we are collecting donations for seven different charities including the Montgomery County Women’s Shelter. Simply look at the list of requested items, purchase one or more, and drop off your donation at The Giving Tree that has sprouted at The Palm Information Center, 251 Central Pine Street in Woodforest. Other charities you can help include Toys for Tots, Journey Home, Operation Pets Alive, Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, Patriots of Texas and Wrapped in Warmth.
To provide even more assistance for these worthy causes, for every box filled Woodforest will donate $100 to that charity.
Help the Montgomery County Women’s Center improve the lives of victims and survivors of domestic abuse today.