Crisis Center of Comal County to break ground on new facility after devastating fire

Fundraising efforts underway as Crisis Center of Comal County prepares to build new $11 million facility

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – In the summer of 2025, the Crisis Center of Comal County is expected to break ground on its new shelter.

CEO of the shelter, Julie Strentzsch, says it’s all thanks to the community. The groundbreaking will take place on the 2-year mark when a fire destroyed the center’s shelter.

“We’re building a 30,000 square foot building that will have administrative offices with the shelter, with transitional living,” Strentzsch explained. “And what is going to be different is it’s not a congregate care shelter.”

Strentzsch says the new shelter will be designed to allow people to heal in their own space and places and will help families stay together.

“It’s a thank you for everything that, you know, everything that you’ve done to support us to get to this place,” Strentzsch said to the community.

Construction for the $11 million building is only 25% paid for. Strentzsch believes that businesses and people will step up to complete the fundraising needed.

“It’s a request that we still need your help. We still need the community. We have to work together to get to that end goal,” Strentzsch said.

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Patty Santos joined the KSAT 12 News team in July 2017. She has a proven track record of reporting on hard-hitting news that affects the community.

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.

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