Bastrop nonprofit Family Crisis Center needs the community's support to continue helping local survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In a nutshell

Gina Gralinski, development and communications specialist for Family Crisis Center, said the center is particularly low on new towels, washcloths and twin-sized bed sheets for the emergency shelter.

Other donations needed year-round for the emergency shelter include personal hygiene items, diapers, pillows and shelf-stable food.

The supportive housing is also in need of donations, Gralinski said. Needed items include:
  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Beds
  • Silverware
  • Dishes
  • Glasses and cups
  • Cooking utensils
  • Household decorations
Those able to donate can drop off the items at the Family Crisis Center office, 431 Old Austin Hwy., Bastrop.

What else?

Another way to help the center is by donating and shopping at Bits and Pieces Thrift Store, which sells a range of items from clothing to books, kitchen supplies, furniture and more.

Bits and Pieces Thrift Store directly benefits the Family Crisis Center and is always accepting donations during business hours.

The store is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 4107 E. Hwy. 71, Bastrop.

Lend a hand

Gralinski said volunteers are also needed at the center throughout the year; however, there is an immediate need for help with sorting donations at Bits and Pieces Thrift Store.

Other volunteer opportunities include:
  • Helping with special events
  • Fielding calls for the 24-hour crisis hotline, which can be done from the volunteer's home
  • Office assistance with clerical work, such as data entry and making copies
Recurring and one-time monetary donations are also accepted and go toward emergency support services and ongoing help, such as transitional housing and counseling.

Some context

Family Crisis Center serves the areas of Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties in the Central Texas area, providing crisis intervention and advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Some of the services provided include:
  • Case management
  • 24/7 emergency shelter
  • Safety planning and advocacy
  • Transitional housing
  • Life skills education
  • Counseling