Mission Granbury provides resources for individuals and families in need or in crisis.
Mission Granbury envisions a community free of violence, poverty, and hunger with resources available to individuals and families as necessary to achieve long-term stability.
Mission Granbury was formed as a community response to the murders of nine women and children in 1997. Outraged by this catastrophic event, concerned citizens banded together to see how they might make a positive difference for Hood County and surrounding areas. As a result, Mission Granbury was formed. Throughout the ensuing years, Mission Granbury has endured many reformations, but the agency’s CORE values have never changed. The agency evolved out of the altruistic, common cause most of us have – compassion for those less fortunate. Therefore, Mission Granbury’s mission statement: to provide resources for individuals in need or in crisis.
Mission Granbury envisions a community free of violence, poverty, and hunger with resources available to individuals and families as necessary to achieve long-term stability. The agency directly serves the community with six programs including: an Emergency Assistance Network, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Victims Assistance Program, a food pantry, a Family Violence Shelter, and a clothing and food voucher program. Mission Granbury also provides many indirect services to the community by partnering with many churches, businesses, and other social service agencies to provide intermediary services.
At the heart of Mission Granbury’s service delivery is the belief that personal transformation requires a holistic approach. Any program or service that neglects to give attention to a person’s emotional, spiritual, or mental state, cannot sustain life-change or long-term hope. For this reason, the agency has infused a unique accountability with clients into its service delivery. Moreover, the organization’s 22 staff and large volunteer network strive to help others while adhering to strong ethical and moral values. Overall, Mission Granbury commits to breaking the cycle of poverty and suffering by empowering clients to become self-sustaining, successful members of society.
Finding effective, long-term remedies to complicated social programs such as poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence are complicated endeavors. All of Mission Granbury’s programs search for the core of such issues that a client may be experiencing. A former client stated, “My daughter and her three children were recently labeled crime victims. They were completely without income or resources and my family stepped up to help as much as possible. They moved in with my husband, my son, and me into a three bedroom mobile home. She had no income because her husband was incarcerated and she was two weeks away from delivering her third child. My husband is disabled so I do not have enough income to support seven people. That is where you came into the picture. We cannot say thank you enough for all the help you have given to us during a most difficult time.”
Mission Granbury’s 22 staff and 564 volunteer team (total: 1802 volunteers for 2013) meet the needs of those we serve through the following programs:
- Emergency Assistance Network – Delivers financial services to clients in need. Also connects clients with other local resources.
- CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates is a volunteer advocacy program for abused children who are in CPS custody and are experiencing the court room process.
- Victims Assistance Program – A program designed to meet the needs of survivors of sexual assault, rape, homicide, and murder.
- Food Pantry – Provides food for food-insecure individuals and families for Hood and surrounding counties. The feature that sets this program apart is the ability for the individual or family to freely shop and choose their items when receiving assistance. Assistance in 2012 increased 200% when compared with 2011.
- Ada Carey Center – A family violence shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence.
- Prevention Services – Batter Intervention Program (BIPP) is a 26 week program designed to assist those who find themselves in a “family violence” situation to understand effective ways to resolve conflict and problem solve. Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary team for survivors of sexual assaults which include a nurse, medical director, the victim service organization, law enforcement, district, and court attorneys.
- Voucher Program – As Mission Granbury’s sustainability project, the program consists of a clothing resale shop that honors vouchers for those in need. 50% of all donations for Mission Granbury support the voucher program. Vouchers are given by Mission Granbury’s case management team. The shop also accepts cash and credit cards.
OUR SUCCESSES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In 2011, 12,998 unduplicated individuals were assisted with referral or supportive services. There was a 110% increase of need in the community in 2012. In 2012, Mission Granbury provided assistance to 27,351 individuals – 13,968 in the emergency assistance network, 144 child abuse victims (CASA), 243 family violence victims, 607 crime victims (Ada Carey Center), 704 counseling sessions, and 198 legal clients. The remaining number included information, referral, and hotline calls regarding mental health, suicide, homelessness, emergency assistance, sexual assault and family violence. Other successes include:
- Agency Accreditation of Sexual Assault through Texas Attorney General’s Office
- Completion of Professional Standards Training
- Obtained new foundation support and funding including Meadows Foundation, United Way, and Thomas V. Giddens Foundation
- Accredited as a Crime Victims Compensation Agency
- Agency Accreditation for BIPP (Batter Intervention Prevention Program) from Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- Agency Accreditation for Sexual Assault Prevention from Texas Attorney General’s Office
On May 15, 2013 Granbury and Hood County, TX experienced a tornado that devastated much of the community, especially the Rancho Brazos area. Mission Granbury mobilized that evening and went to the triage site immediately. Six people died, dozens were injured and many more lost all they owned. It was identified that 258 families had been directly affected by the disaster. There were 97 homes at “ground zero” destroyed or devastated. Mission Granbury has been in the forefront, 24/7, since the tornado and set up an account for all incoming financial donations related to the recovery. The agency also mobilized two 53’ trailers delivering all necessary resources (food, water, or tools) on site to the victims and volunteers. As Mission Granbury is not new to crisis, it was designated by the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) as the lead agency. Overall Mission Granbury provided the following services on behalf of the Hood County community: a donation site, distribution of goods to victims, centralized list of victims, case management, coordination of all services, a centralized data point, a tornado victim fund, and a point system to prioritize needs of victims.
Mission Granbury’s long term goal is to become a sustainable organization with large enough facility space to adequately serve and help incoming clients. Currently, the agency plans to relocate from its current location in order to acquire a large enough infrastructure for its staff, volunteers, and clients. By the end of 2013, Mission Granbury expects to have served over 35,000 individuals and the number will continue to grow through 2014.