Helping Hands Initiative: Crisis Center of West Texas

WEST TEXAS -- If you're interested in volunteering with the Crisis Center of West Texas, you can find more information online HERE.

The Crisis Center of West Texas is opening a brand new shelter in Odessa next month and with that brings more opportunities to volunteer.

CBS7's Haley Harrison sat down with Karen Hildebrand, the Center's executive director, to hear about the many ways West Texans can lend a hand to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

“Crisis Center of West Texas operates through 9 counties in West Texas. We provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services for victims and their minor children. We have shelters located in both Odessa and Fort Stockton. We also provide extensive prevention education throughout the schools and community groups," said Hildebrand.

Hildebrand says that with so many services come many opportunities for those who want to volunteer with the Crisis Center.

Whether it's organizing donations, assisting victims on the Crisis Response Team or educating community members at outreach events, there is an opportunity for everyone who wants to help end the cycle of abuse.

In fact, the Crisis Center will be opening the doors of a new facility in February which will create new needs.

“Our new shelter, The Louise Wood Angel House, is opening at the end of February and we are thrilled to be able to offer a much larger shelter than we currently have in Odessa. We’ll be able to house 61 people at that new shelter," said Hildebrand.

Hildebrand tells CBS7 that the 1,600 square foot facility will desperately need volunteers willing to step up and do custodial-type work.

“Any of the services that you are volunteering to help with, whether it's organizing an office or providing direct services to a victim of sexual assault, anything you do to help us is helping our clients move forward towards a life free from violence," said Hildebrand.

Those interested in volunteering with the Crisis Center of West Texas can find more information online here.