Since last year, Carey Lake Ranch employees have supported the local crisis center through participation in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraisers, which raised approximately $22,000 between events in Palestine and Jacksonville.
“Even if we only raise $1,000 next weekend, that's a $1,000 that will help a woman or child that's been abused,” Bateman said.
According to 2009 statistics compiled by the Texas Council on Family Violence, there were 196,713 reported incidents of family violence, in which 111 women were killed by their intimate partner.
However, approximately 12,000 women and 16,000 children received shelter provided through agencies like the local crisis center, statistics state.
In an interview earlier this year with the Jacksonville Daily Progress, Crisis Center Executive Director Donald Hammock said the local shelter has no “average victim,” but helps victims “from all walks of life and all socio-economic backgrounds.”
The Crisis Center, with offices in Jacksonville and Palestine, offers confidentiality through free services like protective order assistance, licensed professional counselors, safe shelter and provision of necessities like food, clothing and transportation while clients are in residence. It also operates a hotline number, 800-232-8519.
“The services we offer are unduplicated services in each county – many victims do not have the funds to obtain those services or the transportation (needed to go) to another county where (help) might be available. Therefore, without the Crisis Center, these victims would not be able to receive the vital services to help them become survivors,” Hammock said.
The local shelter is funded through state entities, such as the Office of Attorney General, the Criminal Justice Division, the Health and Human Service Commission, CAC of Texas, United Fund, United Way and Cherokee and Anderson Counties.
“These make up half of our funding – the other half comes from our Resale stores in Jacksonville and Palestine, foundation grants, and community support,” Hammock said. “It is our goal to use the money entrusted in us to benefit the victims to its greatest potential.”