History

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Since 1982, REACH of Haywood County, Inc. has offered assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. A non-profit organization, REACH was started by a group of concerned citizens who saw a need for such an agency in Haywood County. Seven years later, in REACH opened the REACH House to provide emergency shelter to survivors and their families. Today, REACH remains the primary agency in the county that provides crisis intervention services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Resources offered by REACH

  • 24-hour crisis helpline for survivors to call and access services
  • Emergency shelter for those survivors who are displaced from their homes
  • Emergency food, medicine, clothing and personal care times for those survivors who have fled their homes with no possessions
  • Court/legal assistance program for those survivors in the judicial system
  • Extensive referral system to other social service agencies
  • Individual counseling and support groups for survivors needing emotional healing
  • Life skills management training for those survivors who need help in learning to care for and support themselves and their families
  • Children’s programs
  • Community education and prevention programs
  • Assistance with utility and housing deposits for survivors trying to establish a new home free from violence

Our primary goal at REACH is to help individuals rebuild their lives and to regain a sense of hope and happiness. All of our services and resources are offered free of charge.

Over the years, REACH has worked with thousands of women, children and men. Since its inception, REACH has seen a steady increase in the number of individuals and families served each year. This is a result of REACH’s determined stance against violence and the number of community awareness campaigns offered to educate the public regarding REACH services and prevention techniques.

Funding

REACH receives funding from the following sources:

  • Donations
  • Community fundraising efforts
  • Federal and state grants
  • Foundations
  • Local governments
  • United Way

In 2001, REACH opened Within Reach, a resale store in Waynesville. This business has allowed our agency to supplement its budget independently from grant sources while at the same time offering clients a place to go when searching for needed clothing and household items.

Structure

Our staff includes:

  • Executive Director
  • Victim Advocate
  • Victim/Office Advocate
  • Shelter Manager
  • Nighttime Shelter Advocate
  • Community Educator
  • Within REACH Store Manager

REACH also offers the services of:

  • Adult psychologists
  • Child psychologists
  • Attorneys (vial Legal Aid of NC)

The board of directors that governs REACH is made up of twelve members with one designated domestic violence survivor representative and one designated sexual assault representative. There are also numerous volunteers who maintain our helpline after office hours and donate their time to our resale store.

The adage “it takes a village” certainly holds true with REACH. Many individuals, groups and community agencies come together to maintain and sustain this meaningful resource for Haywood County citizens.

If you have further questions or input not addressed within our website, feel free to contact us at (828)-456-7898.

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