Strengthening Communities Through Empowering Individuals
The Center began as a program of the Alpine Community Center with a United Methodist Global Missions grant in 1982, growing out of the concern of three Alpine citizens who saw the problem of violence in families. The Center started as a safe place in the basement of the Spanish Methodist Church. In June, 1982, the Center became a separate organization, incorporating as a Texas non-profit corporation in May 1983. The Center expanded services with funding from the Department of Human Services, Victim of Crime Act (VOCA), Hogg-Meadows Foundation, Bowers Foundation and other private donors, to all victims of sexual assault and personal injury crime in the five counties of Brewster, Jeff Davis, Pecos, Presidio and Terrell under the name of Rio-Pecos Family Crisis Center. In 1993, Pecos County left the service area and the name was changed to Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend, Inc. In 2007 Pecos County was once again added to our service area.
In 1998, the agency purchased an office across from Alpine Elementary School on 5th Street as its headquarters. The Meadows, Abell-Hangar and Swalm Foundations generously granted funds to allow this purchase. A house and land was donated by a rural health organization, which was converted to a thrift store by the Sul Ross Industrial Arts department. This store currently operates at the 202 North Phelps street location.
In 1996 the FCCBB expanded services and rented an office and shelter in Presidio, Presidio County. In 2000, Mary Stringfellow donated the building in memory of her husband, Charles. In the summer of 2003, a larger building was purchased for use as office space, consulting rooms, and three bedroom shelter. Also that summer the FCCBB opened a satellite office in Terlingua in south Brewster County, that is presently operated by one crisis specialist. The staff currently carries out the programs of the Center.