Who We Are2018-04-03T15:22:53+00:00


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.

Our Staff

Roger Pharr

Executive Director

Rebecca Cunio

Assistant Executive Director

Sherrie Saenz

Counselling Supervisor

Alicia Rincon

Program Director

Second Glance Resale Store

With two convenient locations,(Palestine & Jacksonville) Second Glance Resale Stores are both critical resources for our clients and fundraisers for the agency. Often clients have left everything behind to flee for safety. At Second Glance, they receive the household items they need. Volunteers and staff receive, sort and display donations, and assist clients and customers with selections. The public is encouraged to patronize the Second Glance Resale Stores to help generate revenue which directly funds the Crisis Center’s programs.

Jacksonville 700 East Cherokee, across from the Tomato Bowl – (Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30 Sat 10:00-4:00)

Palestine 313 West Debard, across from the Police Station – (Mon-Sat 10:00-6:00)

Crisis Center Of Anderson And Cherokee Counties Mission Statement

The aims and purposes of the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties are summarized as follows:

  • to provide a safe, temporary place in a homelike, supportive environment to enable the battering victim or non-offending family members of child victims to examine available choices for her/himself and any children the victim may have;
  • to educate the community, its agencies and citizens on the needs and experiences of battered and abused women, men and children and the problem of family violence in general;
  • to pursue long range goals to strengthen the family unit and to prevent and reduce the occurrence of violence within the family;
  • to provide counseling and other non-resident services for any victim of family violence, sexual assault or other victim of violent crime.
  • to coordinate services with all governmental and non-governmental providers in our service area to insure the provision of the best services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

The Mission Statement for the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties is as follows:

To empower, enhance and enrich the lives of victims of family violence, child abuse and sexual assault.

Children’s Advocacy Center- History and Mission

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) program was added as a component of the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties in 1993 and exists to minimize the trauma children must face when they have been victimized by abuse. Child victims of abuse need the careful attention of professionals trained to address their special needs. Before the CAC existed, child victims who needed help had to endure multiple contacts with different community professionals, creating a maze of confusion. 
Instead of a child having to tell what happened, multiple times to multiple agencies, families are now able to come to one place where there is a love for children, a passion for justice, and a vision for restored childhood.

The CAC program facilitates a coordinated and collaborative approach in the investigation of physical and sexual child abuse cases in Cherokee and Anderson Counties. The CAC is only able to assist with cases referred by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) which consists of law enforcement agencies or the Department of Family & Protective Services (Child Protective Services).

The CAC is a program of the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties which is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Relationships developed with individuals, foundations, corporations, and community organizations, in combination with special events, fundraisers, in-kind donations and federal and state grants, serve to create a solid and diversified funding base.




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