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OUR HISTORY

OUR HISTORY

Open Arms has been serving the Concho Valley for 25 years. We began as a program of the Mental Health Mental Retardation (MHMR) Services in the late 1980’s. In 1991, in response to increased need for services, Assault Victim Services (AVS) broke away and became incorporated.

We've been acknowledged as a superior organization on several occasions. In 1990, AVS was honored to receive the Governor’s Award for the Outstanding Crime Victim Assistance Program in Texas. In 1992, the Winged Victory Award in the field of prevention from the Child Abuse Intervention Training Project followed. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault presented AVS/Open Arms staff with Educator of the Year three times, in 1999, 2002 and 2014. In 2017, TAASA awarded Open Arms with the Community Empowerment Award.

In May 2005, Assault Victim Services changed its name to the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center. Owing to our expanded services, CVRCC became Open Arms Rape Crisis Center and LGBT+ Services in October 2016.

ABOUT US

Where We Serve

We are proud to offer our victim services, education and LGBT+ support to the 170,000 residents of Tom Green County and its ten surrounding counties: Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher and Sutton.

Our Mission

To create social change within the Concho Valley, by providing prevention, education, advocacy, and a safe place to foster healing for survivors of sexual violence and gender discrimination. We envision a community that stands together against sexual violence and all forms of discrimination.

Safe Space

Open Arms respects all aspects of people including race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, religion, body shape, size, and ability. Our office, our events, and our web site are all considered safe spaces. All are welcome.

OUR PARTNERS

Open Arms is proud to work with many outstanding organizations to help serve our community. These include:

  • “Violence against women [is] about a culture that views women
    as objects to be acted upon rather than fully realized human beings.”

    Jennifer Siebel-Newsome
    Miss Representation