Our Annual Reports give an overview of funding, services provided and highlights from the prior year. Hear from clients, see outcomes and learn about the history and future growth of our agency.
What follows is a summary from the Board President’s letter in the 2018 Annual Report:
Happy Birthday HCWC! In 2018 we celebrated 40 years of providing services to victims of abuse in Hays and Caldwell Counties. More than 45,000 victims have received comfort in crisis from HCWC’s dedicated staff and volunteers over the past 40 years. The Center might have begun on shaky ground with some community members protesting against us, but now the communities march with us. Engaged communities create change, and HCWC has been a leader in community engagement for years.
HCWC enjoyed a record-breaking year in FY 2018. We served more victims of abuse than ever before. Our Helpline calls increased by 12% and we provided over 50 more forensic interviews in 2018 than the previous year. Sixty-seven times in the past year we sent a trained advocate to meet a victim at an area hospital, to provide support to the victims and sometimes their family members after a traumatic sexual assault or domestic violence event.
We started the year off by implementing 20% raises for all staff in our on-going effort to increase longevity and retention. Serving 2,111 clients and giving substantial raises requires significantly more money. Our Board of Directors and staff worked diligently to raise that additional revenue through increased grant funding and community support. Amplify Austin brought in an incredible $87,893 in just 24-hours and the 35th Annual Auction raised a total of $132,486 to support victims of abuse.
Our Town Teams enjoyed continued success including increased activity in some of the communities where we had previously struggled to make connections. Mother Nature wreaked havoc on some of our planned events, with rain and flooding forcing a reschedule for our event in Buda and cold temperatures putting a damper on the rebooted Youthfest in San Marcos.
We have continued to push forward our dream of Transitional Housing for victims of abuse engaging the community in addressing the desperate need of families with young children.
I have great faith that next year will bring new challenges and continued success for HCWC. I am so thankful for the dedicated Board of Directors, agency leadership, staff and volunteers that put so much effort into supporting victims and spreading awareness.
Please find previous annual reports below for download (PDF):