COVID-19 + Domestic & Sexual Violence

Louise Wood Angel House

Louise Wood Angel House, Crisis Center of West Texas' emergency shelter for adult survivors and their minor children remains open during COVID-19. Additional health and safety practices are in place for the protection of our clients and staff. To see if you qualify for housing at Louise Wood Angel House, please call the 24/7 hotline at 1-866-627-4747.


24/7 hotline

The 24/7 crisis hotline is still available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our trained Intake Advocates answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help you determine if you qualify for CCWTX services. Intake Advocates can also connect you to other CCWTX staff, as needed. 

COunseling and Case Management

Counseling and case management are available online via phone or video for all clients. If you are already a client, contact your counselor or case manager to set up an appointment. If you are a new client or need more information, call the 24/7 hotline at 1-866-627-4747 to start the process.


Education

Prevention education programming, including Wonder Girls Camp, educational presentations, community presentation, and the Batterer Intervention and Prevention Program (reStart) are available online. To set up a video presentation from a member of our team or enroll in the reStart program, call 432-333-2527.

How to help

What has changed

For the Crisis Center of West Texas family, like so many families and organizations across the globe, the last few months have been a learning experience. On March 16th, CCWTX took our entire agency, save for our most essential shelter operations, entirely digital. This meant providing counseling, case management, prevention education, legal advocacy, classes for those with histories of abusive behavior, and more via phone or video. Over the last few months, we've learned, struggled, adjusted, and persevered, just like so many West Texans. With the support of our community, some additional funding, and a little luck, we've been able to continue providing essential services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children.
 
In 2020, we've served 387 clients and children - more than we've ever served at this point in a year. 165 adults and children found shelter at Louise Wood Angel House, with another 222 receiving nonresident services. Even though COVID-19 forced us to limit shelter services to only survivors and children in the greatest danger, CCWTX still housed 25% more survivors than at this point last year. From March 16th to June 30, Louise Wood Angel House sheltered a survivor or their child for a total of 4,376 nights. Additionally, our 24/7 hotline received 334 calls - 12% more than this time in 2019.
 
In short, domestic and sexual violence don't stop during a global pandemic. If anything, they worsen.

What you can do

We need your help to continue to meet the rising needs of survivors in our community. A monetary donation or a donation from our Amazon Wish List helps ensure we have the resources we need as survivors continue to seek shelter and other services.

Additionally, when you practice social distancing, you are keeping our clients safe. A single COVID-19 case in our 61-bed shelter could be disasterous for clients and staff. Staying home when you can, wearing a mask when you're out, and consistent hand-washing and other good hygeine habits help keep vulnerable members of our community, like survivors living in Louise Wood Angel House, safer from COVID-19.
 
In a time when so many of us are staying home to keep our loved ones safe, we must remember the countless West Texans for whom home is a dangerous place.

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