Agency Partners

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization where people mobilize to help their neighbors across the street, across the county and across the world in emergencies. The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross fulfills immediate needs for food, clothing and shelter to those displaced and takes an active role in preparing the community for hurricanes. Red Cross Health and Safety Services provides health and safety training classes to the community and teach CPR/AED and First Aid in the workplace.
Phillip Polley
1501 E. Red River #A-1
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 573-2671
F: 573-3307
phillip.polley@redcross.org
www.redcross.org/tx/victoria/

Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach
Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach, Inc. (BTCRO) is a faith-based, non-profit facility that provides outpatient treatment for adults with the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency.  We believe people with addictions matter to God and to us. BTCRO offers group process, individual counseling. Living In Balance, and utilizes the 12-Step programs of AA, NA and Alanon.
Mary Helen Barrick
4011 Halsey
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 576-4673
F: 576-6557
mhbarrick@btcro.org

Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of Victoria provides diversified activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with peers, and family members that enable youth to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential. Based on the physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of boys and girls, and developing principles, the Club offers diversified program activities in five core areas:

  • Character and Leadership development
  • Education and Career development
  • Health and Life Skills
  • The Arts
  • Sport, Fitness Recreation

Marc Hinojosa
202 Hopkins
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 573-4411
F: 572-0188
marcvendl@bgcvictoria.org

Gulf Bend Center STAR Family Services
The agency, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation licensed by the State of Texas to provide Emergency Shelter and Prevention Services to abused and at-risk children and youth.  Services provided include Emergency Shelter for abused boys and girls ages infant through 17 years, Family Preservation services through our Services to At-Risk Youth program (STAR) for children ages infant through 17 years, Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living services for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 through 21 years and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) services for youth aging out of the foster care system. 

Don Polzin
292 Foster Field Dr.
Victoria, TX 77902-0436
P: 578-3686 ext 14
F: 578-6950
www.crossroadsfs.org
dpolzin@gulfbend.org


Crossroads Habitat for Humanity – Victoria
Crossroads Habitat for Humanity, Victoria (HFHV) is a non-profit Christian ecumenical housing ministry that builds quality, low cost homes in partnership with low-income families and the Victoria community. Our mission is: "[To] work in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses, in decent communities, in which people can live and grow into all that God intended." 

Volunteers build the houses, which are funded by donations from foundations, corporations, local businesses and individuals. Qualifying families purchase their homes at cost and pay the purchase price back over a 30-year period with no interest. These monthly payments create a sustainable funding source and are recycled into building more homes for other needy families. Partner Families are required to work 300 hours of "Sweat Equity" per adult, 80 hours of which must be expended on their own house.

Cynthia Staley
PO Box 1357
Victoria, TX  77902
573-2511
F: 361-570-6192

cynthia@victoriahabitat.org

Communities in School
Communities in Schools is a drop out prevention program that helps young Texans stay in school, successfully learn and prepare for life. CIS coordinates community resources in the local schools to offer support and guidance to students and their families. CIS strives to improve attendance, academic performance, behavior and to decrease the drop out rate. CIS serves youth in elementary, middle and high schools using a strong case management, interdisciplinary approach to helping students.

Henry Guajardo
120 S. Main, Suite 501
Victoria, TX 77902
P: 576-5872
F: 573-0225
henryguajardo@gcworkforce.org

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent
The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent is one of 20 food banks in Texas.  A Food Bank is a non-profit, central clearing house which solicits, collects, stores and distributes edible salvaged and surplus foods.  The food is distributed to individuals though non-profit, 501(3)(c), agencies who provide meals or emergency food to needy, elderly or sick clients without charge.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent currently serves 96+ agencies and faith based organizations throughout the Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagords, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton Counties.  In 2008, the food bank distributed 3,156,355 pounds of food to its service counties (equivalent to 95 eighteen wheelers), supplementing over 235,000 meals.

Robin Cadle
3809 E. Rio Grande
Victoria, TX 77903
P:578-0591
F: 573-7381
rcadle@feedingamerica.org
www.goldencrescentfoodbank.org

 

Girl Scouts of Greater South TX
Girl Scouting build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Paisano Council serves more than 6,300 girls in 24 counties in South Central Texas. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization dedicated to girls-all girls-where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls ages 5-17 develop strong qualities that will serve them all their lives.

Lea A. Peacock
104 W. River
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 573-6451
P: 800-865-3069
F: 361-579-0988
lpeacock@gsgst.org

Golden Crescent CASA
The mission of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to utilize trained volunteers appointed by the Court to advocate for the best interest of children who have been abused and neglected and assist in placing them in nurturing, permanent homes.

A CASA Volunteer gives a “voice” to the child they are responsible for and acts as the “eyes and ears” for a Judge. As an advocate for their child, they investigate, research, and complete tasks that ensure the successful outcome for their child’s future, while they go through a tedious, court and foster care process.

CASA is always looking for volunteers; its goal is to have at least 70% of its cases served by volunteers.

Golden Crescent CASA serves nine counties: Calhoun, Colorado, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria. The staff currently includes an Executive Director, a Volunteer Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, four full-time and one part-time Case Supervisor and a twelve member Board of Directors.

Please call for more information and/or to inquire about the 30 hour volunteer training program.

Tim Hornback
120 S. Main, Suite 416
Victoria, TX 77902
P: 573-3734
F: 573-3729
gcc@goldencrescentcasa.org

Mid-Coast Family Services
The mission of Mid-Coast Family Services is to help individuals and families by eliminating family violence, homelessness, and substance abuse. A wide range of services are offered in a multi-county area including substance abuse screening and referral, youth substance abuse prevention and intervention programs, family violence prevention and intervention, and a housing program for the chronically homeless.

Ginny Stafford
1801 N. Laurent
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 575-7842
F: 575-8218
gstafford@midcoastfamily.org

Perpetual Help Home
Perpetual Help Home, Inc. is a Christian based restorative justice organization assisting women in breaking the cycle of incarceration, drug addition, and homelessness through making life changes, regardless of race, color or creed. Women are helped to become productive members of society with transitional support, new life-skills training, and permanent supportive housing. The agency reaches out to the community through programs like our Center for Peace, Dispute Resolution Center, providing Victoria and surrounding communities with Mediation Training, and Christian Women's Job Corps® Job Skills Training Program.

Cheryl Miller
705 E. Santa Rosa
Victoria, TX 77903
P: 575-5335
F: 575-1323
www.perpetualhelphome.org
cheryl@perpetualhelphome.org

STARS
South Texas Assessment & Referral Services (STARS), formerly known as Child Study Clinic, has served the Victoria County area since 1964, focusing on Children with special health care needs. The clinic does not treat or see any well babies. STARS provides the following services:

  • Neuro-developmental evaluations
  • Preemie developmental clinics
  • Nutritional support
  • Condition of care
  • Specialists/therapy referral
  • Synagis administration (injection that is a preventative for the RSV infection)
  • Genetics clinic

Amy Zeplin
117 Medical Dr., Ste. 4
Victoria, TX 77904
P: 575-0681
F: 575-0100
childstudyclinic@gmail.com

Victoria Adult Literacy
The mission of the Victoria Adult Literacy Council is to increase adult literacy through free instruction and community outreach in order to improve the workforce and raise the quality of the life in the Victoria area. Tutors work with the educationally deprived to improve their skills in order to enhance the participant's self concept so they may become more productive citizens in the workface and also be able to help their children not only with school, but life skills.

Stacy Milberber
802 Crestwood
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 573-7323
F: 582-4348
www.victoriaadultlit.org
valcsm@yahoo.com

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry
Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry (VCAM) provides charitable assistance to individuals and families in the Victoria area. It is positioned as a "Safety Net" for the neediest members of our community focused on providing the essential services to families and individuals in a crisis situation.

  • Emergency food boxes are distributed up to once a month to families
  • Food boxes are provided to case-managers from area non-profit agencies for families in need
  • Limited financial assistance is given to prevent eviction or the loss of utility service, and for essential prescription medications

Susan Whitefield
4108 North Liberty
Victoria, TX 77902
P: 572-0048
F: 574-8832
victoria.vcam@gmail.com

Victoria County Senior Citizens
The Victoria County Senior Citizens Association provides services for anyone age 60 and over with two senior centers for participants to engage in fun recreational activities, socialization and nutritious, good meals. Over 100 meals are delivered to the homes of the ill elderly everyday, Monday through Friday. Safe transportation is provided for seniors in need.

Programs operate on grants and donations. Volunteers are always needed to assist in providing services to the elderly.

Debra Garner
603 E. Murray
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 576-2189
F: 578-8111
debra.garner@hotmail.com

YMCA of the Golden Crescent
The Victoria Family YMCA is part of a world wide charitable not-for-profit organization. Established in 1902 we have well over 100 years of dedicated community service. The Mission of the YMCA is "to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all". As a premier social service agency the YMCA incorporates our four specific character values of Respect, Responsibility, Honest, and Caring to build strong kids, strong families, strong communities. The YMCA offers programs for all ages such as:

  • After School Care and Summer Day Camp
  • Youth Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Flag Football and more
  • Swim Lessons for children and adults
  • Youth Development, Karate, and Teen Leadership Programs
  • Adult Health and Wellness Programs
  • Group Exercise and Team Sports

Chris Seilkop
1806 N. Nimitz
Victoria, TX 77901
P: 575-0511 ex. 232
F: 575-4608
www.ymcavictoria.org
cseilkop@ymcavictoria.org