GWIL2015 Nonprofit Profile: Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Reply

Week of Online Giving 2015 April 19-26

Week of Online Giving 2015
April 19-26

The 2015 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 19-26. Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at:


HOW, WHEN AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION ESTABLISHED?Front of Shelter with Metal Sign - McCoy Family Shelter

Established in 1978, the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is distinguished by having opened one of the original six family violence shelters funded by the State of Texas in 1980 and by having established one of the original ten sexual assault programs funded in Texas in 1984.  HCWC then established a Children’s Advocacy Center, Roxanne’s House, in 1997.  In 2009 we opened a new, state-of-the-art McCoy Family Violence Shelter, and in 2012 we moved our other programs and teams into our remodeled and expanded current facilities to better serve victims.  HCWC is unique in Central Texas in co-locating a shelter, counseling and advocacy services for victims of family violence and sexual assault with a Children’s Advocacy Center. 

HCWC’s competent and highly tenured staff includes an Executive Director with an MBA and 22 years’ continuous service and a Director of Programs and Services with 35 years’ tenure.  Our Director of Operations earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked in the family violence/sexual assault field for 14 years with seven at HCWC.  The Shelter Services Director has worked 23 years at HCWC.  Our Director of Development and Community Partnerships earned a master’s degree in Counseling and has worked for HCWC for 13 years including 12 years as Program Director for our Children’s Advocacy Center. Our Counseling and Resource Program Director earned a master’s degree in Social Work and has worked in the field for 10 years.  Roxanne’s House Program Director earned a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and has served 5 years with HCWC. 

Counseling & Resource CenterWHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY MISSION?

The purpose of HCWC is to create an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the communities we serve.  The Center will provide education, violence prevention services and crisis intervention to victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  We will seek the support and resources necessary to achieve this mission.  Our philosophy is that physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse of one human being by another is unacceptable. HCWC believes that all abuse diminishes or prohibits the full expression of life and growth which is the right of every woman, child, and man. More…