MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BAY AREA TURNING POINT, INC. (BATP)
1. What Is BATP?
BATP is a non-profit; community based social service agency providing a variety of services, including shelter, to families in need and public education/crime prevention activities in the Greater Bay Area and surrounding areas. We service those impacted by family violence and sexual assault (including stranger and non-stranger sexual assault).
2. Is BATP a United Way Agency?
Yes. This affiliation brings opportunities for staff and volunteer training, multi-agency networking, peer collaboration and in-kind community support.
Example: Twice annually, many corporations that participate in United Way, reach out to United Way affiliated agencies to make repairs, paint, host a food drive, organize a special children’s activity, and many other special projects.
3. Is BATP in good standing with the Better Business Bureau?
Yes. Furthermore, we welcome questions regarding the financial reports of the agency and pride ourselves on maintaining effective fiscal management. BATP has been recognized for over a decade by the Better Business Bureau with an Award of Excellence-Winner of Distinction.
4. How long has BATP been in existence?
BATP was incorporated in November 1991 and began providing direct services, solely by volunteers. In 1992, its shelter opened, debt-free, on May 15, 1996. Its Crisis Intervention Services and Administrative Offices building opened in March 2000 at 210 South Walnut Street in Webster, Texas. (281) 338-7600.
5. What area does BATP serve?
Southeast Harris and North Galveston Counties, which compose The Greater Bay Area and Chambers County in its entirety. When safety is an issue, we assist people from any area.
6. Where is BATP located ?
Our Crisis Intervention Center and Administrative Office is located at 210 S. Walnut, Webster, TX 77598. We also have a satellite office in Chambers County, which is located at 2202 S. Main, Anahuac, TX 77514.
7. Who seeks services from BATP?
Clients are men, women and children of any age who experience victimization relating to Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault/Abuse. 98% of those served are women and their children.
Walk-ins are welcome at our Crisis Intervention Center, Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:30am-5:30pm and Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am-8:30pm. Satellite Chambers County Office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am-5:00pm and Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm.
8. In an area like this, do we really have people who need BATPs services?
Yes, unfortunately. Since its inception, the agency has assisted thousands of persons. Over 130,000 people has of December 2015, with 10,632 persons finding safety in our shelter.
9. Does BATP use volunteers?
Yes. Each year, volunteers from our community provide valuable direct and in-direct services.
10. Is BATP affiliated with a specific religion or church?
No. BATP believes in the personal rights and choices of all persons to experience their individual spirituality. Adults in shelter attend the church of their choice and area churches may provide special activities on-site. An adult in shelter is completely free to attend or not attend any activity presented by any group.
11. Who makes decisions about policies, programs and how money is spent?
BATP has a Board of Directors that meets monthly to direct the agency’s mission. The agency President/CEO is in charge of the day-to-day management of programs and administers the annual budget as approved by the board. The board reviews the agency’s financial reports at each meeting. The board and staff work together to establish and implement the agency’s strategic plan.
12. Isn’t shelter BATPs main function?
No. Shelter is an intensive part of our work and it is essential in providing a safe haven from abuse. However, the agency’s non-residential self reliance program assists more clients each year through its diverse service menu to clients who need assistance other than shelter.
13. What are BATP’s advocacy services for sexual assault and family violence survivors?
- 24 Hour crisis hotline
- Court accompaniment
- Assistance with filing protective orders
- Information and referral
- Education and awareness
- Violence against women support groups
- Legal advocacy
- Police/Hospital 24 Hour accompaniment
- Professional training’s and workshops
- Clothing assistance
- Post shelter follow-up program
- Housing assistance
- Case management
14. What services are offered in the shelter?
- Case management
- Job readiness
- Food and clothing
- Life skills classes
- Academic tutoring for adults and children
- GED preparation
- Child care
- Support groups
- Parenting skills classes
- Budget and financial planning
- Special projects and activities
- Nutrition education
15. How is BATP funded?
BATP receives state and federal grant money that is specific to certain components of operating its service programs. The agency depends on the generosity of its community to provide much of its annual operating funds. Contributions make up the short fall.
The short fall that grants do not cover and are used as matching funds to various grants. Grants sources include: Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC); Office of the Attorney General (SAPCS-State and Federal), Office of the Governor – Criminal Justice Division (VOCA), Federal Emergency Management Assistance, City of Houston CDBG, City of Houston-Emergency Shelter, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA),OVAG, Child and Adult Care Food Program (USDA), Supportive Housing Programs and United Way of Houston and Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County.
Private foundations and corporation, local businesses, churches, civic groups. Corporations and individuals support the agency by becoming a partner. Our partners are recognized annually at our annual meeting and throughout the year on our website and in various printed materials.
16. Has BATP received any recognition beyond its local community?
Yes. In 1995, the U.S. Senate described BATP’s Project SAFE Program as an example of an effective victim assistance and crisis intervention strategy.
In 1997, Harris County Community Development recognized BATP as a nominee for the National Excellence in Program Development and Management Award. In 1999, the agency’s President/CEO received the Clear Lake Community Builder Award. BATP’s Clothesline Project was spotlighted in The Office of the Texas Attorney General, Crime Victims Compensation Division twenty year anniversary 1999 annual report. BATP was featured in the August 2000 Issue of People Magazine and the July 2003 issue of Time Magazine.
BATP’s self reliance program received a 2001 Excellence In Programs Award from The United Way of The Texas Gulf Coast. In 2003, The Office of the Attorney General Sited BATP as a model sexual assault program. Also in 2003 the President/CEO was awarded the Community Service Award of Distinction for National Trends; former board member, Fran Moore, received the Lyncher Volunteer Award for Outstanding Effort in a Victim Assistance Program; and, the agency received recognition from the Texas School of Business.
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