• August 2, 2014

Local United Way contributes ‘critical’ $20K to Families in Crisis

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 4:30 am

Families in Crisis of Killeen provided 663 clients with shelter, 399 with supportive services and more than 500 with assistance through its housing programs in 2012, according to its website.

Suzanne Armour, director of programs, said this is partially made possible by funding from the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area.

Families in Crisis houses, supports and empowers people experiencing family violence, sexual violence and homelessness, and continues to serve survivors.

The nonprofit’s services include emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing assistance, crisis intervention counseling, case management, a 24-hour hotline, hospital accompaniment, support groups and life skills classes.

The United Way contributes $20,000 to Families in Crisis annually, and although the funding makes up less than 5 percent of the nonprofit’s budget, Armour said those funds are “critical.”

“The money is critical for us because it helps us satisfy our federal and state grant requirements,” she said. “One of the good things about the United Way money is that it’s matching funds for us that we can use for grants that provide direct services (to clients.)”

Families in Crisis is able to offer its services to promote stabilization and self-sufficiency free of charge, Armour said.

“We appreciate the United Way,” she said. “One of the things we like to tell people is the clients who we serve also receive services of other United Way agencies as well. It’s part of a good, strong continuum of care in our community.”

Families in Crisis is also in the process of establishing a homeless shelter in Killeen.

It’s expected to open in March 2015.

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