Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of sheltering in place has caused unintended harm for many who do not consider their home to be a safe space. This has resulted in a disheartening spike in domestic violence cases around the world.
In response, through the Caterpillar Foundation, our Caterpillar facility in Seguin, Texas, provided a grant to Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter (GVFVS) — an organization committed to providing free, confidential services and emergency shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Faced with the challenges of the pandemic, GVFVS quickly adapted its services to ensure it remained accessible for its clients. The organization was able to pivot to teleservices and increase safety precautions to comply with social distancing rules for its emergency shelter. Additionally, through the support of the Caterpillar Foundation grant, GVFVS is able to provide direct financial assistance to clients who are experiencing hardships during this time, to help pay for rent and utilities.
Committed to providing safety, comfort, and hope to clients, GVFVS serves nearly 600 women and children a year in Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, and Wilson counties in Texas. The Caterpillar Foundation is proud to support their ongoing commitment to their community.
Visit Safe Seguin to learn more about their work.