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You’re Invited to our 2019 Annual Meeting!


Hello Friends of the Center!

Join us Thursday, November 7th from 6-8pm for our 2019 Annual Meeting at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3039 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos. The public is invited to attend and dinner will be provided by our Board of Directors.

This year our featured speaker is Texas State House Representative Erin Zwiener. She is a longtime ally of HCWC and will discuss her experience as a woman and freshman representative and highlight the work she has done on interpersonal violence issues, including the legislation she presented regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault issues.

2019 in Review

Also a highlight of the evening will be a discussion about HCWC’s accomplishments and overview of the year. In this past year, HCWC served a total of 2,317 face to face victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse from Hays and Caldwell County – our highest number ever served in a single year and a 10% increase over last year. HCWC answered 3,702 HELPLine crisis calls and responded to 98 individuals through our HEARTeam program at area hospitals, a 46% increase from last year and, again, a record number.

HCWC helps local victims of abuse and works to prevent violence and abuse in our community. This year, our Prevention and Community Education program reached 7,761 people.

Volunteer Awards

HELPLine and HEARTeam are just one way 393 volunteers helped victims of abuse in their community this past year. Special volunteer awards will be presented to the following volunteers for their outstanding work on behalf of victims of abuse:

Changemakers: Don Lee (Board of Directors) and Gale Brown (HEARTeam)

Chris Banbury Volunteer of the Year Award: Sharon Skrocki has been a dedicated volunteer since the Summer of 2013. She has been the most consistent, organized and detail-oriented Administrative volunteer we’ve had in years! Over several years, she’s been able to organize decades of paper client files and digitized them making access and efficiency a priority for victims served at HCWC.

Staff Recognition

Elva’s Emmy is an award given to staff for 10 years of dedication to the Center’s mission and clients. This year, we are recognizing Lisa Niemynski, Shelter Manager for her 10 years of service.

HCWC will also be recognizing Elva Gonzalez, Director of Programs and Services for her 40 years of service. Elva is our longest serving staff member and we honor her for outstanding commitment to the mission and clients of HCWC.

Voting for Board Members

In addition to recognizing these amazing volunteers, we will present our proposed slate of Board members for vote, which includes: Dan O’Brien, Marsha Moore, Brian Erskine, Danette Myers, Carolyn Linér, Ryan White, Linda Gonzalez, Gabriel Garza, and Alice Lochman.

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