Since 1983, Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, Inc. has served victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and elder abuse in Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, and Wilson counties. Our emergency shelter can house up to 6 women and 20 children. We offer a wide range of services to resident and nonresident clients, and all services are always free. GVFVS serves about 500 women and children each year. Our goal is to help victims of violence recover physically, mentally, and emotionally as they build a life free from violence.
While our foremost concern is ensuring physical safety, we seek to maintain a supportive atmosphere wherein the victim is able to obtain information, explore options, and ultimately make their own choices (self-advocacy). Our efforts are directed at providing a holistic approach to meeting the victim’s unique needs, and equipping victims to become survivors though problem solving skills, a heightened sense of self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and alternatives to living with violence.
We recognize the importance of educating the community on the scope and effects of violence. We strive to raise awareness of the community and work with our community partners to improve service delivery and response to the needs of victims of violence. We are committed to joining our voices and efforts with those on a local, state, and national level working to end violence.
GVFVS was established in 1983 as a nonprofit corporation to provide services to victims of family violence and sexual assault in Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, and Wilson Counties of Texas. Funding in the first year of operation was $39,000.00 received from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The original shelter was a leased two-bedroom frame house. In 1985, a former nursing home was purchased as a permanent home for the shelter. The following year, through the generosity of the community, the debt on the shelter and property was retired. For several years, staff consisted of an Executive Director, House Manager, and a host of volunteers. In 1984, shelter and services were provided to 629 women and children.
Over the years, GVFVS has grown in our capacity to serve victims of crime. Our staff consists of an Executive Director, Assistant Director/Shelter Manager, Legal Advocate, Case Manager/Children’s Advocate, Grant Administrator/Outreach Specialist, Data Manager, Sexual Assault Advocate, and Volunteer Coordinator. Part-time support staff members cover nights, weekends, and holidays to ensure that the shelter is staffed 24/7 to meet client’s needs.
GVFVS operates a thrift store called “The Cranny” located at 113 N. River Street in downtown Seguin. All merchandise at The Cranny consists of donations made by the community. The Cranny also provides clothing, furniture, and household items to clients of the shelter as they secure housing and build a life free from violence. All profits from the Cranny (100%) go back into the program for direct services to victims.