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REACH of Cherokee County, Inc. will lead our community in eliminating domestic violence & sexual assault through education, advocacy, self-empowerment and community awareness.
Support Center for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Master Chef Frank Barber
George & Hortense Michelson
Dawn & Bill Tanner
Shepard of the Mountain
Phyliss & Paul Gagnon
Volunteers & Donors
Ranger Methodist Church
Tri-State Life Safety & Electric
Thank you HopeLine from Verizon Wireless for awarding REACH of Cherokee County emergency cell phones for victims of Domestic Violence.
Thank you Percy B. Ferebee Endowment for awarding REACH of Cherokee County grant funds to purchase a new heat and air system for the shelter. February 2, 2015
Thank you Mary Kay Foundation for awarding REACH of Cherokee County grant funds to renovate and make urgent repairs to the bathrooms in the shelter. April 29, 2013
Thank you Dub & Murray Martin Cherokee and Clay County Trust for awarding REACH of Cherokee County funding to purchase a donor database software. July 2015
Thank you Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (Janirve Legacy Fund & Anonymous Funder) for awarding REACH the People in Need Grant to move the Thrift Store and provide administrative office space. November 18, 2013
REACH of Cherokee County Inc. grew out of a community committee - The Task Force on Family Violence. This original Task Force began in 1978 as a committee of the local Council on the Status for Women. The local council did not last; however the Task Force on Family Violence went on to become incorporated in 1982. With a start-up grant from the North Carolina Council on the Status of Women, services were provided to battered women and rape victims. Initial services were provided by a part-time director and trained volunteer advocates. Services included a 24-hour crisis line (operated out of the director’s home) temporary shelter through the use of “safe homes” and local motels (often paid for by volunteer advocates). In addition to the crisis line and temporary shelter, hospital and court advocacy and community education were provided.
After nearly two years of providing shelter through motels and people’s homes, a house for use as a shelter was sought. Initially a house was donated by Citizen’s Bank to be moved to another location for use as a shelter. After the move proved too costly, another house was rented. With funds from Levi Strauss Foundation and regional State Domestic Violence Funds, (obtained by Senator Bo Thomas) additional staff was added and services expanded to include a women’s support group.
In 1987, a better house was purchased for use as a shelter. Local fundraising and grants from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Ferebee Foundation, Janirve Foundation and special appropriation from the legislature were used to pay for the shelter.
Throughout the years, services have grown and service components have been improved or added. These included services to children, court advocacy and groups for incest survivors. In 1990, the staff and Board of Directors completed a long-range planning process and determined the gaps in services to be lack of a children’s program, longer-term services for women and evening staff coverage. In 1992, each of these program components was funded. This expansion has caused our agency to almost triple in size.
In 1997 office space was rented. Domestic violence, sexual assault and women’s employment services moved out of county office space into the new rented space.
In 1999 The REACH, Inc. Endowment Fund was established with a generous gift from a local man who had never been involved with our program. He believed in our goals. This endowment fund is to better serve women, children and families in our community, to insure continuity of services and to prepare for the future; we are committed to developing a permanent fund that will allow us to stabilize services, provide for expansion and meet our services.
In 1990-00 the focus of services has been on expanding our outreach services. This includes development of a new series of brochures which is entitled “Domestic Violence Series.” These brochures talk about How to talk to a co-worker, Guidelines for friends and relatives, and Guidelines for supervisors. They deal with handling domestic violence in the work place.
In 2001 a grant was received from the Sisters of Mercy Foundation to renovate the buildings adjacent to The Sister John Center into a shelter. The Clay County REACH office is located in the Sister John Center. Funds were also received from the NC Council for Women to open the office in Clay County.
2000-2001 funds were received from the Family Violence Prevention Fund at the Division of Social Services to start a public awareness program. The prevention program is targeted to the general public and the professionals working with domestic violence victims. On April 1, 2002 the Clay County REACH office opened its shelter doors, and for the first time in Clay County there is a safe place for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to stay.
In 2010 funds from a Women For Women Grant were awarded. With this grant REACH of Cherokee County, Inc. helped over 200 women become financially independent. In 2012 REACH of Cherokee County, Inc. was awarded a grant from North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault to create a consistent, respectful victim-centered response to sexual violence and promote prosecution of perpetrators in Cherokee County. In 2014 the REACH administrative offices and Thrift Store were moved to 1978 and 1980 Highway 64 West Murphy, NC 28906.