WWS History

    In 1994 the Hondo-based Southwest Family Life Center was forced to close the women's shelter in Carrizo Springs, Texas.  Women who depended upon the shelter from the four-county area it served were denied services.  At the time of the closing, several women were sent back to their abusers, including one woman who was later killed by her spouse.  This led a diverse group representing businesses, the ministry, and social services in Carrizo Springs (Dimmit County) to re-open the shelter with a grant from the Ewing Halsell Foundation.
    Reorganized as the Wintergarden Women's Shelter, Inc., the facility opened on February 1, 1995, with one full-time employee and four part-time assistants.  Today, WWS continues to operate a 24/7 shelter facility in Dimmit County, and two outreach offices located in the Maverick County, employing a total of 11 full-time and 1 part-time employees.