The mission of the Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. is to promote the safety, well-being, and best interest of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse; and to advocate for the prevention of such crimes.
RCC provides safety to our clients through protective orders, safety planning, and residential shelter.
RCC provides for the best interest of victims through case management, job readiness training, and a college education to ensure the long-term success of our clients.
RCC provides well-being by empowering survivors through counseling, support groups, medical and court accompaniment, and supplying basic needs.
Advocacy & Prevention
RCC advocates on behalf of clients through services, resources, and life planning strategies; and by motivating others to assist towards prevention.
The Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. orginated in 1979 as a program of the YWCA, known as the Women's Crisis Center of Galveston County. The original mission of the organization was to provide services to victims of family violence.
A building was made available by the Houston-Galveston Diocese and a Director was hired to run the agency.
The agency received 501(c)(3) exemption status and became a separate non-profit entity. Services were expanded to include both shelter and non-residential services to family violence victims.
When the only program in Galveston County providing sexual assault services ended in 1987, RCC began to provide direct services to victims of rape, incest, and other sexual assault crimes.
Recognizing that grants and donations alone were not enough to operate the multi-program organization, the agency opened its first RCC Resale thrift store in League City in 1987.
With the success of the League Resale Store and the abundance of donated clothing and other items from the generous public, a second store was opened in Texas City.
Judge Susan Baker, a Family District Judge, approached RCC about the need for the establishment of a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program to assist with resolving the cases of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
Voices for Children, a CASA Program, was formed and volunteers were assigned their first cases. In 2014, CASA became its own non-profit agency.
Also in 1995, the agency opened its third Resale Store in Galveston.
Administrative offices were moved to a newly purchased building at 2202 Avenue L. An additional structure was purchased, and after renovations, became RCC's shelter.
We changed our name officially in October of 2003 to Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc to accurately represent the non-gender specific nature of the service programs.
Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston and RCC suffered significant damage to its facilities. RCC's administrative offices were moved to a rental space at 1802 Broadway.
Nearly a year after the hurricane, the shelter was reopened and able to provide for women fleeing domestic violence.
RCC's Texas City Resale Store moved to La Marque.
The organization purchased the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for the purpose of RCC's future home.
After a year of fundraising for the Capital Campaign, the agency broke ground on construction at the new location in October 2017.
The repurposing of the new location was complete in August 2019 and staff began to move to the new campus. Residential clients were also moved from the previous shelter building to the new facility. The new campus consists of five buildings and is the first time that all of RCC's services are offered at one comprehensive location. The new dormitory also doubled the occupancy of the shelter from 31 to 58 beds.
Today, RCC is recognized as a dual service agency through both the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA). The Resource and Crisis Center is mandated to meet legislative standards as a service provider for victims of family violence and is a certified Rape Crisis Center through the office of the Attorney General.
RCC provides core, comprehensive services to victims of family violence through our Family Violence Center and to victims of sexual violence through our Rape Crisis Center to support their transition from victim to survivor. RCC’s client services include: 24-hour crisis hotline, residential emergency shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, medical accompaniment, case management, therapeutic services, and legal services. The continuum of services offered to our clients is designed to facilitate an inclusive healing process that leads to life free from violence.