Organization of the Month: Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center

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By Katie Krupisnki
Community Relations Executive Director

Founded in 1978, local non-profit organization Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) has
been providing support and services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Hays and
Caldwell counties of Texas for over 45 years. HCWC is one of the original six shelters in the
state and has been at the forefront of helping survivors heal and rebuild their lives.

HCWC operates a ten-family shelter and is currently in the process of adding four bedroom
suites in the finished attic space to accommodate more families. But they don’t just provide
shelter, they also offer comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence who
don’t need shelter, including counseling, legal advocacy, and assistance with crime victim’s
compensation forms.

For those in need of immediate support, HCWC operates a 24-hour HELPline (396-4357 or
1-800-700-4292) for the community. They also respond 24 hours a day to hospital emergency
rooms whenever there is a victim of sexual assault or family violence.

HCWC provides primary prevention programs for students in the schools in Hays and Caldwell
counties. Through these programs, they aim to educate students on healthy relationships and
provide them with the tools to recognize and prevent dating violence.

In addition to their other services, HCWC operates the children’s advocacy center, Roxanne’s
House, which provides comprehensive services to child victims of sexual abuse. Through
Roxanne’s House, children receive specialized care from trained professionals in a child-friendly

HCWC provides services for victims of dating violence, and not just for women and children, but
for men as well. They recognize that domestic and sexual violence affects individuals of all
genders and are committed to providing support to all survivors.

HCWC is a vital resource for the Hays and Caldwell communities. They provide a safe haven for
survivors and their families and offer a wide range of services to help them heal and rebuild their
lives. The organization’s commitment to providing comprehensive services to all survivors,
regardless of gender, is truly commendable.

If you or someone you know is in need of support, please contact HCWC’s HELPline at
396-4357 or 1-800-700-4292.

Written by: Hannah Walls

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