Families Shelter Program provides survivors of Domestic Violence
and/or Sexual Assault and their families a peaceful, safe and non-violent
living environment and makes available tools and resources to help
empower them to move beyond the barriers of abuse.”
Families offers a temporary emergency domestic violence/sexual assault
shelter for women and children residing in Waller, Austin, Grimes,
NW Harris and Washington counties who are fleeing from physical,
sexual and psychological abuse. Individuals/families can stay at
the shelter for up to 30 days and receive supportive services in
a safe, anonymous, and confidential environment.
Families Women’s Shelter provides a safe and secure environment
that empowers residents through its services to form the beginning
of independent lifestyles. Residents obtain crisis intervention,
supportive counseling, children’s services, food, clothing,
support group counseling and advocacy. All agency services are provided
free of charge and are made available to shelter residents.
Counseling services are available and dedicated to helping victims
deal with crisis on a long or short-term basis through outreach,
individual, or group services. Victims with mental health issues
are appropriately referred.
An action plan is developed by the client/resident with the support
of the advocate. Safety is assessed and a plan to meet the safety
needs of the client/resident is formulated and goals are outlined.
Case Managment services include: a client’s needs assessment,
continual development of a service and safety plan, the provision
for information and referral, and transportation for survivors with
multi-needs, ongoing review of social, mental, physical, and legal
needs. Case managment plans are reviewed and changes made in service
and safety plans as the needs of the client/resident change. Plans
and updates are designed to include the unique needs of all children
Survivors receive referrals and supportive assistance to use both
the civil and criminal justice system. Advocacy within the legal
and human services systems is provided for any resident in need
of such support.
Waller County has no regular systematic means of affordable transportation.
Focusing Families provides residents limited local transportation
to medical, court/legal related, child related, job related, etc.
Information and referral information is available at Focusing Families
Crisis Center during scheduled outreach hours. The hotline can be
accessed 24 hours a day.
The nutrition class is an eight week program available to clients
and residents which teaches the importance of healthy eating and
exercise. It provides exciting new ideas of how to prepare a nutritious
meal for them and their families.
The primary purpose of this class is to help parents learn to understand
their children’s needs: physically, psychologically and emotionally.
The goal is to work on parents strengths in building new skills
that will help them communicate with each child as an individual.
This program is designed to quickly access the financial needs of
the client/resident and provide information and tools necessary
to become financially independent.
is abusive acts within an intimate relationship and can include
emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and destructive acts to threaten
you. Sexual assault and sexual abuse refer to rape, incest, attempted
rape, unwanted touch or any sexual contact without your consent.
You can be any age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation,
or economic status. Acts of violence, power and control do not discriminate.
If you would like more information about our emergency shelter and
the other domestic violence help services and programs we provide,
please call us at (979) 826-3290.