Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

aka The Battered Women and Children's Shelter of Bexar County   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.fvps.org

Mission

The mission of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. is to break the cycle of violence and to strengthen families by providing the necessary tools for self-sufficiency through delivery of emergency shelter, transitional housing, individual counseling and support groups, education, effective parenting education, and specialized intervention with youth and the elderly.

Ruling year info

1979

President/CEO

Ms. Marta Prada Peláez

Main address

7911 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209 USA

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EIN

74-1994151

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FVPS is dedicated to meeting the needs of victims of domestic violence through comprehensive supportive services, and to disrupting the cycle of violence through targeted children's programming. In Bexar County, there was a 4% increase in family violence incidents from 2017- 2018 (TX DPS). Bexar County also had the second highest number of intimate partner murders in the state in 2018, according to a TCFV Report (HTV, 2019).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Services

Battered Women and Children's Shelter

Transitional Housing

Counseling Services for Children and Adults

Adult Education

Volunteer Program

Case Management

Children's Services

Outreach Program for Community Education and Awareness

Legal Services

Population(s) Served

Counseling Services for Adults and Children

Civil Legal Services Program

LAMP (Legal Assistance to Military Personnel)

Court and Military Liaison Program

Community Based Counseling

Celebrating Families

State Accredited Batterer Intervention Program

Outreach and Community Education

Volunteer Services Program

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Residential Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of emergency meals provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Residential Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Unduplicated residents at domestic violence shelter

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Residential Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FVPS envisions a San Antonio that is safe and healthy for children and families, free from violence. Our focus is on reducing domestic violence by providing comprehensive programs, education and tools for healing and self-sufficiency, and we have garnered a diverse range of federal, state and local government funds, and private foundation grants and individual donations, to implement residential and non-residential programs that have received local, state, national and international recognition for innovation and efficacy.

FVPS provides a comprehensive range of services that foster long-term stability and freedom from violence. Intervention with children is a priority, in order to heal families and stop the intergenerational cycle of violence. Victims stay in abusive relationships for a number of reasons: fear; lack of awareness of what constitutes abuse; poverty (lack of housing options, lack of transportation, inability to afford legal services); and barriers associated with poor mental and physical health. FVPS addresses all these issues.

Our programs:

Battered Women and Children's Shelter – 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter for adults and children providing individual case management services; professional individual and group counseling; parenting education; adult education, and primary medical and dental care; literacy and computer literacy classes; and legal services.

Transitional Housing – Clients transitioning out of the Shelter may reside for up to one year at apartments located throughout San Antonio, rent-free. Adult residents must be working and/or going to school. Case management services continue during program participation.

Counseling Services – Master's level counselors and social workers provide individual and group counseling services for adults and children at our non-residential services location.

Legal Services – Attorneys, a paralegal and a legal advocate assist victims of abuse with a full range of civil legal services in the area of family law, including protective orders, divorce, child custody and Crime Victims Compensation.

Court and Military Liaison – Streamlines the service engagement process for domestic violence victims involved with Children's Courts, Family Drug Court, Children's Protective Services and the military.

Legal Assistance to Military Personnel – Through established partnerships with San Antonio's military installations, LAMP meets the specialized legal services needs of active and veteran military service members and their dependents.

Community Based Counseling – Master's level counselors are housed at Haven for Hope, providing individual counseling services for adult and child residents there and at all other San Antonio homeless shelters.

Celebrating Families! – An evidence-based, cognitive behavioral program for families in which there is a high risk for domestic violence, child abuse or neglect due to parents' substance abuse.

Violence Intervention Program – One of only two State-certified Batterers Intervention Programs in Bexar County, reaching male and female perpetrators of domestic violence with a comprehensive curriculum that helps them change destructive behavior.

FVPS has been serving victims of family violence in Bexar County, Texas for more than 40 years. In 2017, alone, FVPS served 9,020 unduplicated victims, 1,894 at the BWCS alone. FVPS is the only agency in Bexar county providing comprehensive shelter services exclusively to victims of domestic violence, and the BWCS is the only shelter in the county designated by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission to serve this population. Unmet needs of under-served victims of DV and child abuse or neglect are met through access to comprehensive, professional services provided in a culturally competent manner.

The organization was established in 1977, beginning as a three-bedroom emergency shelter on San Antonio's north side and growing into a comprehensive system of services.

FVPS now operates the Battered Women and Children's Shelter (BWCS), a 140 bed housing and supportive services campus providing 24-hour crisis intervention, a 24-hour hotline, and emergency shelter, counseling for adults and children, transitional housing, legal services, parenting education, adult literacy, an on-site school (pre K – 6th grade) (in partnership with NISD), and primary medical and dental care (in partnership with CentroMed).

Victims not residing at the BWCS can access a wide variety of non-residential programs located across the city. This includes the Broadway office, where victims can access counseling, legal assistance for indigent clients, parenting education, violence intervention programs, and Celebrating Families groups, and the Community Based Counseling Program at Haven for Hope.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Wayne Terry

Stuart Schlossberg

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Wayne Terry, Chair

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Jennifer Mitchell

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Nancy Wagner

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Monica Gonzalez, Secretary

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/13/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.