Our Core values

Go to Safety and Stability

Safety and Stability

To provide immediate safety options to domestic violence survivors who have been turned away from their local shelter and placed on a wait list.

Go to Resource management

Resource management

To pull together the numerous resources in the community into one centralized repository in an easily accessible format for survivors to use.

Go to Confidence Building

Confidence Building

To provide tools and technology to help domestic violence survivors rebuild their self confidence as they rebuild their new lives.

self sufficiency and independence

To provide the proper support to survivors on their path to self sufficiency.

Our mission is to provide life-changing resources to domestic violence survivors who have been turned away from their local shelters and to create a sustainable recovery path to self-sufficiency for all survivors of domestic violence. Our program goals for the worthy survivors we support are: Safety and Stabilization, Resource Management, Confidence Building, and Self Sufficiency and Independence.

The Growing Wait List Problem

What happens to a DV survivor when they are turned away from their local shelter?
  • In Texas, 39% of those victims who call their local shelter will be turned away. *Texas Council on Family Violence

  • More than 50% of the women seeking services from the Salvation Army are not homeless, they are survivors of domestic violence. *

  • Less than 3% of domestic violence survivors placed on their local wait lists, will ever see the inside of a shelter.

  • Approximately 75% of women who are killed by their batterers are murdered when they attempt to leave or after they have left an abusive relationship. *Center for Disease Control


Courtney Santana

Founder and Executive Director
I am a domestic violence survivor and so are my children. My hope is more survivors will come forward and share their stories, changing that pain into power and helping others.


Director, Operations and Programming
I love that the Survive2Thrive Foundation embodies what we should do to help other people by giving them the tools to build their future.


Director, Partner and Advocacy Relations
The more I learn about the domestic violence community, the more I want to help, support and advocate on behalf of those who desire to change their mindset and life from victimization to one of empowerment.


Executive Assistant and Social Media Specialist
There are people looking for someone to be there for them while they transition from victim to victor; I want to be that someone that is there for them. S2T is a gateway for me to be there for people with the same background as me.

Jalisa Taylor

Special Projects Intern
I want to work with Survive2Thive because if I’m not apart of the solution, I’m apart of the problem. Helping those in need get through hardships life may bring gives me joy!

WHAT IS A WAIT LIST? When a victim leaves their violent home, they are often referred to their local emergency shelter. When they arrive, they are asked to complete an intake process to determine if they are a potential candidate for shelter and supporting services. If there is no immediate space available, the survivor's information may be placed on a wait list, so they can be contacted in the case that space opens up and they and their children can come back and stay. Some shelters required survivors to call back on a weekly basis to see if there is room available.


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