Mission Granbury provides resources for individuals and families in need or in crisis. The agency was formed as a community response to the murders of nine women and children in 1997. Mission Granbury became a non-profit in 1998 from the outrage of three concerned citizens.
Due to the lack of social supportive services, it is necessary to provide a safety net for people in need in Hood, Somervell, Parker, Erath and overflow for the surrounding counties.
Staff and volunteers provided services to 12,998 unduplicated individuals in 2011. We have shown a 58 percent increase in the amount of clients this year as compared to the same time last year.
We help victims of crime and domestic violence, abused children, individuals in financial need and offer homeless prevention. Research indicates that victims of crime are often left financially and emotionally devastated. Mission Granbury is dedicated to helping provide those individuals with relief and resources.
Our five programs are the Emergency Assistance Network (EAN), Domestic Violence Shelter, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Victim’s Assistance Program and Food Pantry.
EAN provides a comprehensive needs assessment for services and offers financial assistance for needs such as utilities, rent, prescriptions, fuel, medical and job related expenses.
The Family Violence Shelter is an emergency shelter for victims of family violence and their children. Services provided include crisis intervention, safety plans, counseling as well as job and housing searches.
CASA has specially trained volunteer advocates who serve abused and neglected children who have been placed in CPS custody. They get to know each child personally, observe their foster environment and determine facts about their placement and advocate for them in a court of law. CASAs provide a constant in that child’s life so they can thrive.
Our Victim Assistance Program is a clearinghouse for all types of violence. A client is interviewed and assessed for potential forensic exams and supportive services such as counseling and shelter.
Last, the Food Pantry provides services to food insecure families in Hood and surrounding counties. The feature that sets it apart from other pantries is the families’ ability to shop for their own needs along with the option of bagged food items.
Our assistance to food insecure families has increased 200 percent this year compared to 2011.
We are working diligently to provide hope, help and a hand up to our clients. The hope will be provided through the “new” chaplain program. We are very interested in deepening our partnership with the clients, as well as the local churches.
This program could allow assistance with the most significant need an individual has in crisis: HOPE. The help is provided through funding assistance and referral.
Last, the hand up is through working on stabilizing families in crisis and deepening their ability to move forward. A few ways to accomplish this are to future programs initiatives that would include: more comprehensive counseling services, workforce micro economics model and prevention services.
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