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DEL RIO – New Horizons and Quad Counties Council, recognized Cynthia de Luna and the Del Rio Housing Authority personnel, in appreciation for their ongoing support toward the victims of family violence in Val Verde County. A plaque was presented to De Luna on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

“Every year hundreds of women get killed in the State of Texas, thousands in the nation, and when you help them bringing them to independent living, what happens is that you don´t even know how many women’s and children’s lives we have saved,” said Simon Sotelo, Executive Director of Quad Counties Council.

“Our community has responded very well, we hope to keep on doing this with Rotary Club in recognizing each organization individually, but we wanted to start with you, we wanted you to know that that housing unit makes it all possible,” Sotelo added.

New Horizons is a shelter that houses women and children who are victims of family violence, it is a program that has up to 120-day stays, and also a skills-building program, empowering women into self-support by the time they leave.

In 2013, and after several years of the closing of a previous shelter in Val Verde County, Quad Counties Council was awarded a contract to manage and operate a Center for Domestic Violence. This was the start of the New Horizons program, opening the center on July 16, 2014.

“As Housing Authority our role is to provide safe and decent housing, in partnering with New Horizons we are providing that safe shelter for them. For us is a safe and decent home, and for them is a little bit more, it is security,” said Del Rio Housing Authority President and CEO, Cynthia de Luna.

It is through this partnership that New Horizons has been referring cases to Del Rio Housing Authority, which are given priority.

Among other services, New Horizons helps abused women and children by responding to the emotional and physical needs of the victims, and assisting them in stabilizing their lives after victimization. Also with crisis intervention, risk assessment, assistance with criminal justice and legal systems, assistance with application for crime victims’ compensation funds, and many more services.