HCWC, originally known as the Hays County Women’s Center, was formed in 1978 by a group of women interested in providing a place for the personal and professional growth of women and to provide services to women and their families. After receiving phone calls from victims of domestic and sexual violence, the founders re-grouped and focused their attention on providing services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
The Hays County Women’s Center was incorporated as a non-profit organization by the State of Texas in August 1978. The founding purpose was to provide a place for the personal and professional growth of women and to provide services to women and their families. When the founders became aware of the plight of local victims of family violence, the focus of the group changed to address their needs and the community problem.
In June 1978, The Hays County Commissioners and the City of San Marcos appropriated funding to support services provided by HCWC. A house was donated by a small foundation and HCWC opened its first shelter in March 1980.
In 1983, HCWC received its first funding from United Way of Greater San Marcos and a private donor built a new shelter, including office space. HCWC moved into the new shelter in January 1984. That same year, HCWC became one of the first ten sexual assault programs to be funded by the state of Texas.
The agency name was changed in 1994 to Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center to more correctly identify the two-county service area. In 1996, a Counseling and Resource Center was built and donated to the Center in honor of Dennis and Cindy McCoy by the Miriam and Emmett McCoy Foundation. The McCoy family also donated funds to purchase a house for Roxanne’s House (Children’s Advocacy Center) in San Marcos.
In 2007, HCWC entered into a Capital Campaign to expand our facilities and programs to meet growing demand. The dedicated volunteers and donors working with the Building Hope Campaign raised $4 million to support expanded services for victims of abuse.
Our new 10,000 square feet domestic violence shelter, named the McCoy Family Shelter, opened on October 30, 2009. The $2.1 million facility features a state-of-the-art 24-hour monitored security system and special security fencing with automatic gates, along with private suites that no longer include shared baths.
In early 2012, our 6,000 square feet former shelter was completely remodeled to house Roxanne’s House. The remodel including a doubling of the interview and counseling space, and thereby co-locating the children’s advocacy center with the HCWC main campus. The renovated building also houses HCWC’s administrative offices and the Center for Community Partnerships where the general public arrives to support our mission. This expansion also allowed HCWC to double its non-residential services in the remodeled and expanded Counseling and Resource Center.
HCWC plans to build transitional housing and a childcare facility to support victims seeking a life free from violence. To donate to this effort, call Marla Johnson, Executive Director, or Charles Vestal, Director of Development and Community Partnerships, at (512) 396-3404. Naming opportunities are available.