Fort Bend County Women's Center, Inc.

Bringing Healing and Hope to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

aka PennyWise Resale Center   |   Richmond, TX   |  www.fbwc.org

Mission

To assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children to achieve safety and self-sufficiency, while striving to prevent violence against women.

Ruling year info

1982

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Vita Goodell

Main address

PO Box 183

Richmond, TX 77406 USA

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Formerly known as

Fort Bend Women's Refuge, Inc.

EIN

76-0032451

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Victims' Services (P62)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fort Bend Women's Center aims to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault find safety, to support them as they heal from the trauma of abuse and to enable them to move forward to become independent of their abuse and self-sufficient.

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?

Shelter

Temporary accommodation for adults and children
– Three daily meal and snacks
– Basic medical care
– Playcare – onsite childcare for clients
- Child mentoring
– Counseling and neurofeedback training
– Career Development support – education and employment assistance
– Dedicated case management
– Limited transport assistance
– Help with accessing other support resources such as public benefits and legal services
– Housing assistance

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

This is available to survivors who are unable to access or do not want to enter our Emergency Shelter. The program serves survivors trying to escape, heal and/or live independently of their offender. Services available are:
– Dedicated case management
– Counseling and neurofeedback training
– Career Development support – education and employment assistance
– Childcare – we are able to offer limited assistance with childcare costs to enable survivors to maintain employment
– Limited transport assistance as public assistance and legal services
– Housing assistance

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Sexual Assault Advocates can accompany survivors to the hospital and during sexual assault forensic exams and at other medical, legal and law enforcement appointments
Counseling for sexual assault survivors
Case management
Emergency Shelter – temporary accommodation for survivors who are unable to return to their home following an attack
Housing assistance – for survivors who are homeless or who need to relocate due to ongoing threats to their personal safety

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Education & Outreach Program offers a range of presentations and workshops designed to engage and educate our community about healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault and violence prevention. These workshops can be tailored to suit different age groups and settings. These presentations are offered free of charge.

A full range of current workshops and presentations can be found at www.fbwc.org

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

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 clients receiving basic needs assistance

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients receiving child care and out of school time care

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients receiving Mental Health/ counseling services

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault served

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Fort Bend County Women's Center (FBCWC) serves survivors of family violence and sexual assault and their children with a comprehensive package of services resulting in families living violence free, working toward becoming self-sufficient, and healing from the detrimental effects of trauma experienced. The goal of the Women's Center, as the only domestic violence and sexual assault service provider in Fort Bend County, is to be a resource for women and children who are victims of these devastating crimes and have nowhere else to turn safely. Ensuring that these families have the tools and resources to live a full life, independent of their abusers, is the ultimate goal.

It is often very difficult for a woman to leave her abuser because of a lack of financial, emotional and/or educational means. Our comprehensive approach focuses on overcoming survivors' barriers to independence and freedom from abuse. We provide for clients immediate practical needs and on giving them the support they need to realize their long term goals. We continuously seek new and innovative ways to help survivors simultaneously deal with the stress of emotional and physical violence, while trying to achieve safety and self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. Our services are broad and range from crisis intervention and support, emergency shelter, food and basic medical assistance to counseling, children's services, education and employment assistance, housing assistance, case management, legal assistance and advocacy.

Through our Outreach & Community Education program, we work to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

Fort Bend Women's Center has served families affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault since 1980. Our senior staff has a combined 76 years of experience, ensuring that we are well prepared to meet survivors' needs. In addition to our staff, our work is supported by 1,431 volunteers, delivering 41,446 hours of service.

We understand the need to offer comprehensive services to clients attempting to gain their independence and, therefore, go above and beyond expectations of basic non-profit practices. We understand the value of community partnership and have worked tirelessly with several organizations to assist us in accomplishing our mission to ensure that these services and advocacy are accessible to all clients. These partnerships, maintained primarily through referral calls, are essential in allowing us to offer rehabilitative services to our clients who seek assistance in restoring their lives.

Since its inception in 1980, over 52,000 women, children and men have received life-changing services from Fort Bend Women's Center. In 2020, we served 338 women and children in our Emergency Shelter, and 630 clients through our Non-Residential Program. Our 24/7 emergency hotline received over 6,000 calls in 2020. We have pioneered new services to continue to offer our clients the best possible support to achieve their goals.

In November of 2018 Fort Bend Women's Center purchased a single site housing and support services community, in thanks to capital funding received from two foundations which allowed us to provide safe, affordable housing and on-site services for the most vulnerable of our clients. Currently we are housing 24 families, many of whom face long term barriers to independent living. This is the first step to address the lack of safe, affordable housing for survivors and provide them with easier access to the services they most need. We are now in phase 2 of the capital campaign which includes expanding the housing for 14 more families. We have relocated all of our direct service programs including case management, life skills programs, counselling and children's programs to this community and provide these services to all of our clients, including those not receiving housing assistance from us.

Financials

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Operations

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Fort Bend County Women's Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Amy Lopez

McCoy Rockford Commercial Furniture Systems

Term: 2021 - 2021

George Head

Lee Hecht Harrison

Chelsea Nguyen

CN Vision Image Consulting, LLC

Vita Goodell

Fort Bend Women's Center

Philip Davis

Community Bank

Courtney Diepraam

Memorial Hermann Health Care System

Stacey Kuithe

Texas American Title

Bryan Sparks

PCCA

Juliet Breeze

Next Level Urgent Care, LLC

Lorie Clements

Spring Board Solutions

Melissa Blanscet

Amy Lopez

McCoy Rockford Inc.

Stella Umutoni

Energy Consulting

Barbara Jones

Fluor

Mindy Gross

Shanna Crain

Community Volunteer

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 06/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data