The Fort Bend Women’s Center in Richmond is expanding. They will build an additional 22 units at its longer-stay housing facility, which currently has 27 units and provides shelter to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children while they work toward self-sufficiency. One of the main reasons that cause some survivors to return to their abusers is the inability to find affordable housing. This $3.8 million expansion will help when they are ready to leave the emergency shelter and work on transitioning to independence. The Fort Bend Women’s Center operates the only crisis hotline and emergency shelter in Fort Bend County. This center is very near and dear to my heart as I volunteered there for a few years when my kids were young. I met some incredible people there and learned so much about domestic violence and its effects on those involved. If you’d like to learn more, please visit https://.