Our Mission: Respond • Shelter • Educate… to end domestic and sexual violence in West Texas.
The Crisis Center provides domestic violence and sexual assault services for individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence (both intimate partner and stranger related assaults) in their efforts to move their lives forward. We provide shelter, counseling crisis intervention and advocacy to help in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education. Our services are confidential and available to any adult who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence and their children.
Our Vision: The Crisis Center embraces the belief that all individuals should have equal access to political, legal, economic and civil rights. We strive to create a community that embraces diversity, recognizes oppression, promotes empowerment and supports the right of all individuals to self-determination. We eagerly work for the day when domestic sexual violence is part of history rather than a part of our daily lives.
Agency History 1980-2014
In August of 1980 a Rape Crisis Task Force was formed by Lt. Bianca Brister of the Odessa Police Department and Kay Maley Schanzer, an Odessa College counselor to address the needs of victims of sexual assault. By the end of May 1981, the group had recruited 78 people, including Lorraine Bonner (now Perryman), the Director of Public Information for ECISD and future mayor of Odessa, Margaret Burton, city council member and later director of Meals on Wheels. These women and other civic leaders formed the Odessa Task Force to establish a Rape Crisis Center.
Bill Duff served as the first President of the nine-member board. The City of Odessa donated office space at the Red Cross building on the corner of 3rd and Lee. The Odessa Rape Crisis Center, dba The Crisis Center, was incorporated on November 5, 1981. The federal government granted a 501c3 not-for-Profit tax designation in January 1982.
Since 1988, the Crisis Center has provided services to Gaines, Ward, Winkler, Andrews, Loving, Reeves and Crane Counties. In 2013, we added Fort Stockton in Pecos County. In the summer of 2000 a task force was formed to investigate the need for a comprehensive crisis intervention unit as part of the Rape Crisis Center. By unanimous vote, the board approved development and implementation of a crisis intervention unit in Ector County. The expansion of services served as a catalyst to change the name of the organization. The Odessa Rape Crisis Center adopted the name The Crisis Center to more clearly express the expanded mission in 2004.
With the help of over 60 volunteers working over 2,000 hours and with generous contributions from the community, we opened Angel House: The Family Violence Shelter in Odessa, on September 6, 2001. Our first resident entered the doors two hours after we cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony.