Yvette Mendoza Rouen
Senior Director of Shelter & Children’s Services
Yvette as spent more than 20 years supporting the healthy development of children, youth and families in a variety of environment: recreational, educational and therapeutic. Having grown up in Austin and receiving her Masters in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin, her first engagement with survivors of trauma came while working in a crisis response team alongside law enforcement; she quickly learned that she needed to be part of the support services available to children who were living with violence, abuse, and neglect. Since then, Yvette has spent 17 years at SAFE, working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, which often involves homelessness and foster care placement. She is highly regarded for her skills in crisis management, program oversite related to emergency shelter (including the 24/7 SAFEline), and children’s services, including an onsite K-12 Charter School.
Yvette brings a passionate resolve to intervene in the cycle of abuse for every person that she and her staff serve, and considers it a privilege to work with such strong and resilient adults and children. When she has helped even one of them feel like they were heard, it was a good day for Yvette.
Yvette’s Recommended reading: Life is So Good by George Dawson & Richard Glaubman and Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd