HCCAC Receives Grant to Build New Building


April 16, 2022

Contact: Kim Winkler

(512) 756-2607

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center Awarded $4.98 Million Grant!

BURNET, TX — The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center (HCCAC) has been awarded a $4.98 million grant to construct a new 9,000-square-foot building to better serve children and their families in the HCCAC five county service area of Burnet, Blanco, Lampasas, Llano and San Saba. The grant was made available through a Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) Community Development Block Grant and facilitated by the City of Burnet. The Community Resiliency Program targets projects serving low-and-moderate income areas, as well as rural and small metro communities, to improve access to social services and healthcare.

The new building will be located next door to the current facility on North Hill Street in Burnet. Built in 1994, the current structure will continue to be utilized as the Center’s therapy offices. The HCCAC staff has grown over the years to include forensic interviewers, therapists, family advocates, multi-discipline team, education and development coordinators and has long outgrown the current building, The need for these expanded services is driven by the population growth in the five county service area and the resulting increase in the number of sexually abused children who seek the center’s services.

“This grant will allow the Children’s Advocacy Center to expand critical services for abused children throughout our five counties who turn to us for hope, healing, justice,” said Kim Winkler, Executive Director of the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center. “On behalf of our Board and staff, I want to express our deepest appreciation to Mayor Crista Bromley and the Burnet City Council for their continuous support of our mission, and to City Manager David Vaughn and his staff for their considerable time and efforts in making this grant possible.”

In recent years, the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center helped more children than ever before through forensic interviews, mental health services and family advocacy services, in addition to providing education and prevention programs in the community. The new building will help meet specific needs for the HCCAC, including multiple forensic interview rooms, observation rooms, exam rooms, private waiting areas for families, meeting/training rooms, and office space.

Virtual Trainings

Erica Melton, Education/Outreach Coordinator

The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center is excited to announce Virtual Training!  These training videos are available live, or in a recorded format. While we still provide in-person training as requested, this another option to expand our outreach and educate the community.  We can also set up a private webinar for your organization or group to attend.

These webinars are available to educators, schools, childcare providers, parents, youth-serving organizations, churches, other non-profits, and community members. We are continuing to grow in this education platform and plan to add Body Safety for Children and Relationships for Teens.

If you intend the watch this as a group please email the list of attendees, so we can document for our grants.

Please contact Erica Melton, Education, and Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Webinars can be found here.

HCCAC receives $10,000 Donation

Ken Nickel, Executive Director accepts a $10,000 check from Mark Mayfield of the Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. HCCAC also received an additional $20,000 from the same Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation from the Llano County Commissioner Court earlier this month.

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