19 businesses, organizations and individuals bring gifts, make contributions to cheerful season
There’s not a chimney to be found at the Family Services Women and Children’s Shelter here. But that hasn’t kept a host of Santa’s helpers from coming inside to bring gifts and cheer for the residents, especially the children.
“Every year, our two shelters become short-term safe havens for more than 800 women and children,” said Janet Walker, executive director for Family Services of Southeast Texas. “When they come here, the domestic violence they are escaping is still fresh. To have so many individuals and organizations in the community come together and bring toys, coats, put up decorations and do so much to make the season joyful is especially meaningful.”
Walker said 19 local businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to Christmas this year at the shelter. Help has also been provided for those in transitional housing which is a group of apartments for women who are transitioning from the shelter to life on their own.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support the community gives us in our mission to strengthen families throughout Southeast Texas, whether by providing shelter from violence, or counseling or our other programs,” Walker added.
Those who have participated with the shelter this year include the following, listed alphabetically:
- Entergy Texas, Inc.
- Harbor Healthcare
- Beta Sigma Phi
- Cowboy Power Sports
- Delta Zeta ADK Alpha Kappa
- Jamie Smith, Jefferson County Pct. 4 Commissioner
- Lamar University
- Little Cypress Christian Academy
- Michelle Rasa, Community Supporters
- Port Neches Extension Education Association
- Project Serve
- Southeast Texas Association of Paralegals
- St. Joseph Catholic Church
- St. Jude Catholic Church
- TPC Group
- Trinity United Methodist Church
- United Methodist Women, Nederland
- Westgate Church of Christ