Several years ago, The Gillespie County Ministerial Alliance (GCMA) determined there was a need for the establishment of a domestic violence shelter in Fredericksburg. The City of Fredericksburg/ Gillespie County Visioning Committee also identified establishing a shelter as one of their priorities. In May 2016, the GCMA received a gift of $25,000 from the First Christian Church and decided to direct the use of these funds towards the creation of a domestic violence shelter. Monies were donated by a very generous donor allowing The Grace Center to purchase 2.25 acres of land in Fredericksburg, January 2020, for the purpose of constructing a shelter for those impacted by domestic violence. The Grace Center was charted by the State of Texas on September 11, 2018. As of April 2019, we are a 501C3 tax exempt organization. We are in the process of developing a capital campaign with the goal to raise the funds necessary to build this shelter. The board has determined that construction will not start until all funds have been raised. All funds received will be used for the planning, development and construction of this project. By building The Grace Center, we hope to give those who have been impacted by domestic violence a place to seek shelter from the abuser. Currently, the closest shelters are in Boerne and Kerrville, which stay busy and Boerne near capacity. Whether help is through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word of mouth, we thank you.
Mark is currently an Administrative Law Judge with a federal agency. Over the years he has been an Administrative Law Judge with the State of Texas, an Assistant District Attorney and a Justice of the Peace. Early in his career, he maintained a private law practice.
Estela is a retired registered nurse and recently retired Executive Director of the
San Antonio River Foundation.
Rhonda is a licensed psychologist and has worked in private practice, school
and university settings.
Linda is a retired Certified Public Accountant and currently volunteers in several non-profit organizations in the community.
Hattie presently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Kendall County Women's Shelter.
Todd presently is the owner and President of Sierra Homes Custom Home Builder.
Jamey presently serves as Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg.
Loes has experience in the travel industry and worked in Human Resources for 25 years.
Tom has taught at Texas Tech, Concordia, and Austin Community College. He is also a retired Air Force acquisition officer, and he's worked with an international ministry and non-profit that helps veterans.
Marion is an active consultant for nonprofit organizations with 32 years experience in the fundraising and nonprofit management field.
Susan is a Licensed Professional School Counselor and has provided comprehensive developmental guidance for secondary schools.
Robin is the owner of Barnes Creative, specializing in marketing, advertising and design.
Karen Nevins is an Instructional Coach for Fredericksburg Independent School District. She works at the campus level to provide support for Curriculum and Instruction.
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