On 7/14/2020, Siomara Cortez from the Montgomery County Women's Center (MCWC) spoke to the membership of the Magnolia Rotary Club about what the MCWC does as well as how our club or anyone could help. Pictured above is Siomara Cortez.
Siomara told everyone that the Montgomery County Women’s Center has been committed for many years to providing a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and legal services to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Siomara explained that the agency was incorporated as the Montgomery County Rape Crisis Coalition in 1982. As the goals of the agency expanded, the name was changed in 1986 to the Montgomery County Women’s Center (the “Women’s Center”). They have been serving Montgomery County and surrounding counties for over 30 years.

MCWC provides services to clients in the following primary program areas:

  • Residential Programs including Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing
  • Community and School-based Educational Outreach Programs
  • Legal Services
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy
  • Individual Counseling and Support Groups
  • Walk-ins are welcome for crisis intervention and advocacy at their locations in Conroe or The Woodlands, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Their shelter has been providing a safe emergency refuge for abused women and children for over 30 years.  Their shelter can house up to 75 women and children each night.

Their agency also offers a 24-hour, 7 days a week crisis hotline.

Siomara pointed out that all of their services are provided at no cost with the exception of income-based rent for transitional housing. Reaching Pines, a 24-unit apartment facility, offers qualifying women a minimal rent, as well as counseling and advocacy, for up to 24 months.

The MCWC's Center provides direct services to clients who are of many diverse backgrounds, and they do not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, national origin, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation.

The mission of the MCWC is to lead the effort in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, assistance, advocacy, empowerment and social change.

Siomara then told everyone that she has personally been involved in the MCWC's Backpack Program which supplies backpacks and school supplies to the children of the families they service. Last year she was able to deliver 180 backpacks to the children of these families and she hopes to do better this year. Since she normally delivers the backpacks to the children during the 2nd week of August 2020, if members of the Magnolia Rotary club want to help out, they will need to do so during the next 3 weeks. Siomara told everyone that it is also possible to order items from Amazon.com and have those items shipped directly to her office or if preferred, items could be dropped off at her office. Siomara promised to get a list of needed items as well as her address to Kelly McDonald who promised to email the membership of the Magnolia Rotary club with the information promised by Siomara.

Real Provencher suggested that Siomara contact the other Rotary Clubs in our district to get more aid for the backpack project. Kelly McDonald promised to email Siomara with the contacts and phone numbers of the other clubs.

Kelly McDonald told everyone that she will also contact the MISD Interact Clubs to see if they might be able to help in some way.

Richard Allison asked if anyone could refer an issue to the MCWC. Siomara indicated that the answer was yes and their office phone number is 936-441-4040. They could also contact their 24 hour crisis hotline at 936-441-7273. For more information about the MCMW, go to their website at https://mcwctx.org/.

A photo of the Zoom meeting can be seen below. From left to right and top to bottom the photos are of: Kelly McDonald, Carl Gerhardt, Tom Grayson, Charles Schultz, Glenn Buckley, Billy Riley, Hugh Fullerton, Frank Parker, Chopin Kiang, David Arevalo, Real Provencher, Siomara Cortez (Speaker), Ted Cummings, Janice Thigpen, Richard Allison, and Barbara Provencher.