History & Mission
The services currently offered by STARRY began in Williamson County when Texas Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH) opened its first emergency shelter. On March 1, 1991, TBCH began non-residential community-based counseling services as part of the STARRY program. The Counseling Program was and is funded through the State of Texas Services to At-Risk (STAR) grant program.
In 2001, STARRY was incorporated and became an independent 501 (c)(3), nonprofit agency. In 2004, STARRY added Foster Care to its services. STARRY’s offices are located at 1300 North Mays in Round Rock.
STARRY currently operates an Emergency Shelter Program located on the main campus of TBCH and serves children birth to 17 years old who have been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) due to abuse and/or neglect.
STARRY provides STAR crisis intervention services to Williamson and surrounding counties. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program provides services to children and youth and their families. Services include individual, family and group counseling, along with universal child abuse prevention services. Counseling is strength-based and solution-focused.
To support children, youth and parents in crisis through services that protect, educate and promote strong families.
Maximizing available resources through community-based collaborative efforts building on family strengths to minimize conflict and support healthy independent families.
Respect — Respect the rights of families to make decisions in their own best interest
Encourage — Encourage Christian values to provide hope to children, youth and families
Support — Support community awareness and collaboration
Teamwork — Teamwork strengthens our efforts to establish and meet goals
Opportunity — Opportunity for equal access to all services
Responsibility — Responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of clients
Empower — Empower children, youth and families to make decisions in their own best interest