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 2015 Annual Report:
The past 12 months have been eventful for HCWC. We have accomplished some major goals and look to accomplish more in the coming year. As always I am thankful for our supporters, board of directors, the volunteers, and the staff for all of the ways they work together to serve and support victims in our communities.
The overall number of victims served stayed about the same, which we feel was caused by a combination of being at maximum capacity and refocusing on our core coverage area by accepting fewer clients from other counties. While the number of clients remained stable, the number of service days increased from 12,372 in FY 2014 to 12,771 in FY 2015 (3%) and the average stay in the McCoy Family Shelter increased from 19 days to 23 days. Two other areas recorded significant increases; Helpline calls increased 19% from 2,091 calls answered in 2014 to 2,490 in 2015 and the number of HEARTeam responses increased from 48 to 74 reflecting a 54% increase.
The agency was given an opportunity to apply for increased federal funds through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. HCWC was awarded a 25 month grant to meet the demands of our growing communities. We were able to add five new direct service positions; two of them will be traveling to provide outreach services for clients in both Hays and Caldwell counties.
The 31st Annual Auction raised $109,776.50 in April exceeding last year’s record-breaking total. The Board of Directors all worked incredibly hard on the event, soliciting auction items and working to make sure that the evening was successful. Special thanks to Kay Wilson for heading the Auction Committee and doing a fabulous job. The theme this year was Party Like It’s 1979, which we used as an opportunity to recognize the 35 years of service that Elva Gonzalez has contributed to the agency. HCWC participated in Amplify Austin for the third consecutive year and the St. David’s Foundation contributed a match again. We raised $64,617.53 during the 24-hour online giving event with $48,206.53 contributed by donors and $16,411.00 provided in matching funds. The generosity of our supporters continues to astound me.
Diversity has continued to be an area of focus and we have made efforts to ensure that we are able to provide services to all that seek them. In recent months HCWC hired three additional Spanish-speaking employees bringing the total to 16 bilingual employees (42% of the staff ).
Much thought went into the proposed name change of the center. The agency employed the services of a mediator, did research on other centers with similar and more gender neutral names, and the board and staff had many discussions on the matter. After carefully weighing the options, the board decided to keep the current name out of respect for the history of the center and taking into consideration the costs involved with rebranding and marketing a new agency name.
HCWC has closed another successful year through the hard work of everyone involved.
Please find previous annual reports below for download (PDF):