Hutchinson County Crisis Center, Inc (HC3) was formed in
April 1995 when Tralee Crisis Center decided they needed to
close their outreach office in Borger. Citizens of Hutchinson
saw that there was a desperate need for the shelter and the
services to continue to be available to victims of sexual
assault and domestic violence in their county, and negotiated
an agreement with Tralee to purchase the existing facility.
This agency was funded initially by community donations from
its first (annual) telethon, which raised almost $25,000.
Today, with a budget over $300,000, the agency continues to
grow, annually increasing the client base, services provided
and services available. With HC3ís strong board and community
support, the Agency will continue to expand, reaching those
victims that so badly need the services provided.
HC3 is the only shelter
of any kind in Hutchinson County.
Shelter resident client - The average recipient of shelter
services would receive transportation services necessary to
meet their needs and goals. Unless shelter is full, clients
are provided a private room for themselves and their children.
All shelter residents are provided any necessary clothing
items, meals, school supplies for children, baby items and
hygiene products. Clients would be assisted in filling out
necessary paperwork for crime victim's compensation, housing,
medical needs, job search, legal assistance, protective orders
and any other forms necessary. While in the shelter clients
can access peer counseling 24 hours a day. Clients receive
parenting and life skills as part of the shelter services.
If the client and/or children are in the shelter during holiday
time the appropriate food and gifts are provided. Arrangements
are made with local school officials to ensure safety while
attending school and during transportation to and from school.