The Crisis Center began in the mid 80’s with a handful of women who took it upon themselves to fill a need within the community in Cherokee County.
They began by visiting hospital emergency rooms and police stations, searching out victims of domestic violence. Once found, these victims were assisted with clothing, blankets, food, and most important, a new found friend who would walk the journey with them through the legal system, police reports and statements and finding a safe place to stay for the night.
In 1989, the Cherokee County Crisis Center was founded for the purpose of assisting victims of domestic violence.
Seeing the need for an established shelter for these victims who were seeking safety, the Crisis Center leadership enlisted the help of community leaders, such as Gene Brumbelow and Robert Nichols. The City granted the Crisis Center use of a building on Lake Jacksonville.
In 1991, the Crisis Center filed for tax-exempt status and was granted tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
Expanding the scope of work to include assisting victims of sexual assault and child abuse, the Crisis Center also expanded its reach to include Anderson County.
In 2006, Cherokee County Crisis Center, Inc. was reincorporated as Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties. While the name has changed, the mission to enrich and empower the lives of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse has remained constant.