Woodforest Charitable Foundation Donates $3,625 to the East Texas Crisis Center

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TYLER, Texas (July, 2009) – Woodforest Charitable Foundation makes a generous donation of $3,625 to the East Texas Crisis Center.

Abuse of any kind, particularly family violence and sexual abuse, is not something people are comfortable talking about.  But, in order for women and children to receive intervention, there must be advocacy available in the community.  Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s contribution to East Texas Crisis Center will help support their program to provide security and refuge to victims of violence.

The East Texas Crisis Center is dedicated to providing safety, shelter, and education for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.  The Center works to restore dignity and purpose in the lives of victims and promoting public compassion and awareness in order to reduce violence in the community.  Once families are safe in the shelter, efforts are focused on helping women take the necessary steps to become self-sufficient so that they are not forced to return to their batterer.  Programs are offered to help women get job training, complete their high school GED, secure better paying jobs, and secure safe and affordable housing and childcare.  The Center also provides services such as crisis counseling, legal advocacy, accompaniment to law enforcement agencies, hospitals and support groups.  “Each year we house approximately 400 women and children in our shelter, in addition we also provide non-residential services to an additional 1,400 women and children,” said Lana Peacock, Executive Director of East Texas Crisis Center.  “Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s gift helps us provide critical safe shelter and crisis intervention advocacy to mothers and their children who have been victims of family violence and/or sexual assault.  Thank you.”

For more information about the East Texas Crisis Center, please call 903-509-2526 or visit the Center’s website at

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 770,000 customers with branches in excess of 700 throughout fifteen states: Texas, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at