On Sunday, we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of FVRC, with a party—music, refreshments, dancing and fun—at Fearrington Barn. It will be high energy and lots of fun as we celebrate the impact of FVRC on Chatham County.
We started out as an all-volunteer crisis line in 1982. Now, 30 years later, we have comprehensive services, more than 25 staff members, four locations and an effective coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence. We have served more than 12,000 survivors over the years. While I have only been here about half that time, I have experienced amazing changes and growth. I have seen us become one of the most effective domestic violence and sexual assault programs in North Carolina. We have built a shelter and effective programs for victims. We have built strong bilingual services. We have also added a major focus on primary prevention of domestic and sexual assault.
Although I am very proud of the services, I am saddened by the continued and growing need. We have lost too many people in our community to domestic violence. We have had too many women, children and men come to us for services. We must all work together to work toward the day when our energies can be put towards just prevention and education.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating. Visit our event page for more details and ways to purchase tickets.
Kathy Hodges, MSW
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