The mission is simple - to provide hope, help and healing for victims of crime, including family violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
Cross Timbers Family Services, a Stephenville-based non-profit agency, recently released statistics showing the number of victims seen by CTFS in 2010 was down when compared to the previous two years.
According to Laura Clendennen, newly-appointed service coordinator for CTFS, the organization saw 399 new clients in 2009, which was up from 390 in 2008.
In 2010, the new client list decreased by almost 60 individuals, according to Clendennen.
In explaining the statistics, Clendennen said the numbers reflect clients who were seen during the respective fiscal years, and also said the agency considers a client new if they have not been seen during the annual reporting period. But she said clients who are new to the fiscal year could have been seen in previous years and would also be considered new clients the first time they are seen in the 2011 fiscal year.
Clendennen also said that clients are sometimes seen on multiple occasions during a reporting period to undergo counseling or when new issues arise.
According to CTFS statistics from the 2010 fiscal year, the agency saw 341 new clients Sept. 1 - 2009 - August 31, 2010. Of those clients, 290 were female.
Out of the 341 new clients, 315 were victims of violent crimes and 70 were children, 17 years old or younger. CTFS says of the 315 survivors of violent crime, 422 victimizations were reported. The reports included 226 victims of family violence, nine assault survivors, 45 adults who endured sexual assault and 50 adult survivors of incest.
Meanwhile, the agency saw seven child physical abuse victims and 31 child sexual assault survivors.
In addition, one client classified as a survivor of a homicide victim was seen, and 53 were described as victims of other crimes.
With Stephenville being the county's population center, 208 of CTFS clients seen in the fiscal year were from the city. Dublin accounted for 66 of the new, unduplicated clients and 15 who documented specific addressed were from the unincorporated parts of the county. Fifty-two were listed as "other," which included clients who did not report an address.
The dollar and cents of service
CTFS received more than 2,500 hotline and general information calls in 2010. Of those calls, CTFS staffers provided more than 850 hours of direct service to an average of 50 clients per month, according to the annual report.
Meanhwhile, unpaid volunteers and advocates provided CTFS with more than 9,000 hours of hotline and victim assistance support, the agency says the hours logged by volunteers represent more than $90,000 in in-kind matches.
The agency also says the Sherwood and Myrtie Foster's Home for Children donated more than $8,000 in 2010 by providing office space, "making it possible to meet grant requirements."
If you or someone you know is need of services, contact CTFS at 254-965-5516. The 24-hour hotline is available 965-HELP or 866-934-HELP.
For more information on the agency, including details on volunteering, visit CTFS online at www.crosstimbersfamilyservices.org, or call 965-5516. You may also email CTFS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CTFS website also provides information on family violence, sexual assault and child abuse and provides area resources for addressing your healing needs.