This year's Coastal Bend Day of Giving supports 50 area nonprofits on the forefront of assisting those in need, and the Purple Door is one of them.

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From the Purple Door:

"When the agency opened its doors in 1978, our name defined our objective of providing shelter to women and their children involved in family violence situations. As the third shelter to open in the State of Texas, our name went right to the heart of our mission and needed no explanation. Providing shelter to women and their children is what was needed at a time when intervening in a relationship was a radical concept.

Since that time, the agency has seen tremendous growth and expansion in the services it provides to include services to all victims of intimate partner violence including men, children, and the LGBQ/T community; providing not only shelter, but services that assist victims in their journey to becoming a survivor. Nonetheless, providing life-changing services to victims and survivors is only part of the solution. In order to ameliorate the problem of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Coastal Bend, efforts must be taken to prevent it from happening at all. To that end, prevention has risen to the same level of importance as the many other vital services provided by our agency. Today, the agency's prevention of violence efforts play an important role in ending the attitudes and value constructs that are supportive of gender inequality and violence as a means to intimidate and control.

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In 2015, discussions began regarding the rebranding of the Women's Shelter of South Texas. Given the many changes in the organization over the years as well as our redefined focus on the prevention of violence, changing our name would help convey our core message and connect us to our community in a new, authentic way. After much deliberation and collaboration from committee members, volunteers, staff, community members, and clients served by the agency, it was decided that the Women's Shelter of South Texas' new name would be The Purple Door.

The Purple Door remains the only private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization specifically designed to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence across a twelve-county South Texas region, which includes Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. It is the mission of The Purple Door to empower the community and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transition to a safe and healthy environment.

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