Posted by Terry Everett on Nov 20, 2019
      Mickinzie VanHerpen, Community Education Coordinator for the Grayson Crisis Center, spoke about things we don't like talking about: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  These are things that they help victims deal with around the clock.  Mickinzie expressed her appreciation of the community's support and all the volunteers who help.  
      She said her preference would be for the center to go out of business because they had no one to help, but unfortunately, that will never happen.  They have a 24-hour hotline where anyone can call, anytime, and get crisis support, information or discuss their situation and seek assistance to take the next step towards a safe and healthy situation.
      Their emergency shelter is available to those in need of a safe place.  Through community giving, they are able to provide all the necessary items for individuals and families as they transition out of crisis at no cost to them.  They offer rooms for families and individuals.  Advocates provide options to individuals as they choose their next steps.  Resources, referrals and support are an integral part of the process.
      The mission of the Crisis Center is to provide emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling and support services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assaults.  They also want to create public awareness about the devastating consequences the victims face.
The Crisis Center have advocates to help the victims understand the variety of lifestyle options to meet different needs.  They provide support, help obtain legal and medical assistance, and find housing and employment.  They engage the children in activities to improve their self-esteem and assist with their educational development.
      Not everyone who needs help is in need of shelter.  They offer a variety of support to individuals who are needing to learn about unsafe or unhealthy relationships, support exiting unsafe situations, navigating the legal options available to survivors and much more.  They offer all of the same advocacy services for for anyone, whether they are staying at the shelter or not.  They also have various support groups to assist individuals empower themselves and stop the cycle of violence by understanding it and making new choices.
      Their Thrift Store is located at 1729 Texoma Parkway in Sherman.  They welcome donations of gently used clothing, shoes, furniture, dishes, cookware, jewelry, toys, linens and other items.  The cannot accept pillows or mattresses.  
      Clients are allowed to shop at the Thrift Store and collect items they need to begin and support a safe home at no charge to them.  All sales from the Thrift Store go directly back into programming and support for the Crisis Center.
      Mickinzie added that volunteers are a big part of their success.  The have many different volunteer opportunities with flexible times.  
      The bottom line is safety.  The Crisis Center is all about a safety when it comes to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.