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 near capacity. Whether help is through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word of mouth, we thank you.
Hattie has served as the Grace Center’s Executive Director since July 2021. She has over 21 years of experience working in victim services at the local and statewide levels. She is a graduate from Texas Tech University where she earned her Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.
Estela Avery, retired Registered Nurse and former Executive Director of the San Antonio River Foundation. Philanthropist, volunteer and community advocate serving on numerous boards in San Antonio and the Hill Country.
Susan is a Licensed Professional School Counselor and has provided comprehensive developmental guidance for secondary schools.
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.
Robin is the owner of Barnes Creative, specializing in marketing, advertising and design.
Todd presently is the owner and President of Sierra Homes Custom Home Builder.
Jasper is a relationship builder and connector with a fundraising, marketing, and event background.
Mark is a Senior Credit Analyst with First United Bank with 10 years of experience in the banking/credit industry.
President of Evergreen Electrical Contracting, Inc. for 41 years. Licensed Master Electrician. Years of fundraising and non-profit management experience.
Brianna is a military brat, a proud aunt, and dedicated leader of her church women's ministry. She joined the team at Abacus Planning Group in 2021, where she helps families create abundance.
Debbie is the owner of Deborah Lynn Farquhar, Inc. A creative marketing business that has been promoting and producing festivals for 35 years.
Tammy is an account executive, currently working for an IT solutions provider where she helps clients integrate technology into their business operations.
Judy is co owner and operator of Judys Liquor Inc for 42 years. She is past president of the Gillespie County Historical Society and a vice president of the Texas Package Store Association. She also serves on the Holy Ghost Lutheran Church investment committee.
John is a Vice President and Fredericksburg Market President for Texas Regional Bank & is the proud father of three thanks to his awesome wife!
Trey works for the Fredericksburg Police Department.