Family Time raises funds for new building, expanded services
- Written by By Kiersten Kindred
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center (FTCC) is a private nonprofit organization that provides services for individuals and families. FTCC was established in 1977 and currently operates in a 5,000-square-foot building. However, with the recent local and national funding cutbacks and an increase in demand for their services, this center needs bigger space. “We no longer have any room to expand the services, so we need it [the new center] to continue to service those in need,” stated Judy Cox, the center’s executive director. FTCC provides support groups for victims of abuse, free professional counseling, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, parenting education, a 24-hour crisis helpline, legal advocacy about issues stemming from abuse, hospital accompaniment and anger management classes. Monica Hains, grand administrator, said, “Once a person becomes a victim of abuse or violent crime, a life-altering experience has occurred. The need for assistance in the wake of a crime is a vital component of the victim’s recovery. FamilyTime meets this crucial need.” The current 62-year-old building is in declining condition and FTCC is seeking funding to move to a larger facility on South Houston Avenue in Humble. The acquisition will need $1 million to fund. FTCC has reached almost half of this amount. In order to reach the goal, FTCC is doing a building campaign to raise the remainder of the funds. “We are trying to get funding as soon as possible,” said Cox. With the needed amount to acquire the building near, the urgency of more funding has increased. In the past year, FTCC assisted 1,333 clients with additional victim services. They also provided 1,752 sessions of low-cost counseling to non-victims, 13,173 calls were answered through the 24-hour crisis hotline, and 2,450 sessions of free counseling to victims of abuse and other violent crimes were provided. “There are no other agencies like it in North Houston that offers these services, it is vital that we continue to rebuild and help people in their lives,” said Cox. This charity is currently funded through grants and donations, including organizations like the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the FamilyTime Thrift Shop, local service organizations like the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental, the Office of the Attorney General-Crime Victim Services Department, foundations and by various private citizens. A moving date is pending. For more information on the Building a Future for Families Campaign, visit familytimeccc.org or call 281-446-2615. Photo: FamilyTime board and capital campaign committee members gather at the site of the building they hope to acquire through their capital campaign efforts. From left are Tamara Paul, Judy Cox, Mike Price, Susan Meinholz, Laura Clarke, Halene Crossman and Carolyn Wise.