January 31, 2023

Coastal Bend College

The latest official news from CBC!

Women’s Shelter of South Texas Celebrates 40 Years with Name Change to Purple Door

     This year, the Women’s Shelter of South Texas celebrated 40 years of providing support and counseling. While the mission remains the same, the Women’s Shelter will now operate under a new name to reflect how it serves not just women, but men and children as well – The Purple Door.

     The Purple Door has been operating offices at three CBC locations since 2016 as part of their Safe Campus Project. The Safe Campus Project provides free, comprehensive, and confidential services for female and male victims of sexual assault while educating the community on the prevention of sexual violence. A victim advocate is available at regularly scheduled times on each campus, and when requested, to respond to primary and secondary sexual assault victims.

      Kevin Behr, the Director of Public Safety, supports the Purple Door being on campus and believes in their mission to “offer support and empowerment to children, women, and men through a variety of services, programs, and referrals, helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault regain their independence.”

      In Beeville, the Purple Door held a ribbon cutting for the name change of the organization and for their outreach office in the Gertrude  R. Jones Auditorium on the CBC campus. For more information, please call (361) 362-1187.