Empower individuals by providing guidance and resources (information, programs, and treatments) that will allow decisions leading to a healthy, productive life.
East Texas CASA
East Texas CASA
East Texas CASA recruits, trains, & supports volunteers to advocate for abused & neglected children in Gregg, Rusk & Upshur counties that have been removed from their homes & placed into the foster care system. Their volunteers provide a voice in the court system for the children they serve & ensure that every child's educational, psychological, physical, and social needs are being met during their time in foster care. East Texas CASA's mission is to provide an advocate for every child removed from their home & placed into care. As they strive to attain this outcome, they also focus on the need for highly effective advocacy by empowering our volunteers with continuing education resources, speakers, & training programs so that they are equipped every time they walk into a courtroom or into a child's placement.
Getting Together Safely
GTS provides a safe, neutral, and friendly environment that encourages interaction between non-custodial parents & their children. The program allows a parent the ability to interact with their child when they may not otherwise be allowed to based on court-ordered restrictions. It does this by utilizing trained volunteers to observe the visits & record the interactions of the parents & children for court records if needed at later hearings. GTS fosters those vital connections with the hope that down the road the parents will manage these visits on their own and provides a safety net at an insecure time.
Access to Recovery and Support Services
The ATRSS program is a comprehensive program that addresses substance use disorders through three components: 1) (OSAR) Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors to provide screenings, assessments, and referrals to access treatment for clients as well as brief interventions and motivational interviewing; 2) Peer Recovery Support Specialists (Recovery Coaches) provide short or long-term wrap-around peer-to-peer recovery support services that include individual coaching, case management. 3) Recovery-based support groups, community outreach, sober events, and/or education classes. 4) Transportation of participants to/from recovery activities, local resources, and employment opportunities. Collectively, these components provide individuals, families, and community support services that promote and support long-term recovery from substance use disorders.
Healthy Inside & Out
The Healthy Inside & Out program assists individual and group counseling sessions by Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Clinical Social Workers/ Physicians to address mental health issues, disorders, and counseling for past traumas. It provides over-the-counter medical supplies and self-defense training for their personal safety, especially for those who have been through a sexual assault. This grant provides basic medical, dental, and vision assistance. When young people in poverty improve both their physical and mental health, they are in a much better position to be successful with their Transition Plan goals which ultimately allows them to begin moving out of poverty leaving pain, fear, and despair behind.
Operation Turnaround assists young people that have experienced trauma due to victimization as well as offenders involved in the criminal justice system. In other words, there are two branches of this important program. There are special group gatherings that may provide a light meal and specialized speakers to cover topics such as choices and consequences that help them develop making good and healthy choices for life. The program provides programs and evidence-based skill development, teaching group and individual instruction, and counseling. For the branch of Operation Turnaround dealing with those in the criminal justice system, D.O.R.S. facilitates successful navigation of the system by providing education, support, and opportunities to learn from their mistakes of the past, how to stay on track to satisfy court requirements, and even how to communicate with employers about their mistakes.
Longview Community Ministries
Longview Emergency Dental Outreach
Emergency dental extractions are provided by volunteer dental professionals to Longview residents in need. The dental clinic was recently moved into the LCM building and provides one extraction every two years for each individual adult in a household.
Prescription and Medical Assistance
Prescription assistance is provided for Longview residents in conjunction with local pharmacies for approved medications. No assistance is provided for controlled substances, pain, mood-altering, or psychiatric medications of any kind.
Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity
Beat the Heat/Cold
NE Texas Habitat provides low-cost portable heating and cooling systems to households with no way to heat and cool their homes during extreme seasonal heat and cold. Qualifying households receive a dual heat/cool unit or one to two window unit air conditioners (dependent upon home design and need) and an accompanying fan or one to two electric heaters. The organization installs the units. Conversely, if the existing HVAC system is repairable for less than $500 a subcontractor is retained to make the repair. Installers also assess the need for other critical repairs and refer to the Critical Repair program if appropriate. If approved, the individual is added to the waiting list for repairs, including the non-functioning HVAC. Recipients are provided counseling on the proper use, maintenance, and placement to provide maximum air circulation. An educational document is provided to the home occupants, which contains tips on avoiding weather-related illnesses.
Pathstones Counseling Center
Pathstones Counseling Center
Pathstones Counseling Center offers low-cost mental health counseling to anyone in the East Texas area. These services include individual adult counseling, marriage/couples counseling, premarital counseling, family counseling, child and adolescent counseling, grief counseling, addiction counseling, anger management counseling, certified group anger management counseling, and grief group counseling.
The Martin House Children's Advocacy Center
Shatter the Silence
The Martin House Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused center dedicated to reducing trauma and promoting healing for children under 18 years of age who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or witnesses of violent crimes. Their center facilitates a collaborative response to the investigation, intervention, treatment, and prosecution of the most severe types of child abuse. Their core services include forensic interviews, case coordination, in-person, and follow-up advocacy, assistance with Crime Victims' Compensation applications, referrals to other agencies, counseling, medical exams, and other critical support services to help restore and heal children who have been victims of serious crimes. They also provide abuse-prevention education and training to the community to engage everyone in the protection of children and prevention of abuse. All services are provided free of charge.
Twelve Way Foundation
Twelve Way Foundation
Twelve Way is a residential recovery support service designated to the second stage of recovery. This part of the process encourages men, through structural boundaries to return to being responsible family members and productive contributors to society while engaging in a recovery environment. Services that we exercise within Twelve Way Foundation are job placement, transportation, GED tutoring, housing, meals, recovery classes, peer-to-peer mentors, group sessions, and interfacing with the criminal justice system. Twelve Way organizes weekly phase evaluations based on residents’ daily requirements, which all clients must agree to upon entry. Residents are required to adhere to all criteria and guidelines that have been proven capable to determine their progress during a minimum of 6 months course of stay at Twelve Way.
Women's Center of East Texas
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
The Women's Center of East Texas is dedicated to providing a safe haven, crisis intervention, and comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and/or stalking in Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk, and Upshur Counties. WCET has a 24-hour emergency shelter and non-residential offices in Longview, Marshall, and Henderson. The WCET Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Team consists of 18 advocates that dedicate 100% of their time providing comprehensive victim services, case management, and establishing and maintaining contacts within the community for service delivery. WCET offers a Batters Intervention & Prevention Program in Longview, Marshall, Gilmer, and Kilgore. WCET also has four thrift stores located in Longview, Marshall, and Kilgore.