SAFE Homes History
SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition was established in July 1994 by the successful merger of Spartanburg County SAFE Homes Network and the the Council on Sexual Assault (COSA). Both organizations were established and chartered by grassroots volunteers. The initial transitional period for out new agency was aimed at an orderly consolidation of staff and programs, while at the same time maintaining an optimum level of both domestic violence and sexual assault services. The union of the two sister agencies has proven to be a benefit to the victims we serve, as well as a sound financial decision. Many of our clients have been victims of both domestic violence and sexual assault. As a combined program, we are better able to address their concerns and ensure that appropriate services are received.
In October 2009, due to the generosity of our many funders and community partners, we were able to move into our newly renovated shelter with increased bed space. The shelter we had long inhabited was over 100 years old, and was neither child friendly nor easily handicapped accessible. The one-story building that was purchased was in a better location with modern facilities and immediately began a capital campaign.
In June 2005, SAFE Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition opened the first multi-disciplinary center in South Carolina, “Mary’s House”, with the help of community law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, and mental health agencies. One of the most promising practices for communities is for all those working with family violence and sexual assault to come together in a multi-disciplinary response that prioritizes victim safety and offender accountability, and makes the search for help less burdensome for victims by bringing service providers together under one roof. This approach has been successfully implemented in other areas, and has dramatically decreased violence in the community.
Providing services to victims of domestic violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties.
Our mission is to use our collective voice to address the impact of domestic and sexual violence by providing quality services to those affected and to create social change through education, training, and activism.
We envision a community liberated from all forms of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Our Core Values
In 2020, our agency adopted five values that embody what we strive to represent as an agency. Our staff, board, and volunteers work everyday to make sure that our values are reflected in all of our individual and collective efforts to carry out the mission and vision of SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition. These values guide all of our agency’s actions. They are considered in every decision we make, and when we fall short, we lean on these values to help us correct what went wrong. These values provide the underpinning to help us liberate our community from all forms of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Those five values are:
Delivering excellence is to be kind, responsive and above all, dependable in every task assigned no matter how big or small the assignment is. In order to deliver excellence, we must listen to our client, assist them to define their mission, research what they may need, participate in ongoing training relevant to client needs, recognize barriers or issues that the may be unknown to the client and understand how to assist clients through an empowerment lens.
Delivering compassion is to genuinely empathize with people’s realities. In order to deliver compassion, we will actively listen to clients, coworkers and community members and respond with service and advocacy for each individual, each group or community, and for society as a whole.
Delivering integrity is to do the right thing no matter who may be watching. In order to deliver integrity, we will always strive to do the thing that is consistent with our mission and values and we will behave in an honest and responsible way no matter our personal feelings and beliefs.
Delivering collaboration is helping and supporting each other for the sake of our mission. In order to deliver collaboration, we will enthusiastically assist clients, coworkers and community partners and provide support, encouragement, and resources necessary to accomplish collective goals.
Delivering equity is to guarantee fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of historically under-served and under-represented populations. In order to deliver equity, we will strive to ensure that all of our actions, policies, and procedures acknowledge these unbalanced conditions and provide what is needed to assist in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.
SAFE Homes - Rape Crisis Coalition
Jada Charley, Esq.
Director of Finance and Administration
Director of Clinical Services
Director of Residential Services
Director of Nonresidential Services
Director of Community Advocacy
Mary Lou Paschal
Director of Community Services
Philanthropy/Special Projects Coordinator
Underserved Communities Coordinator
Adult Clinical Services Coordinator
Underserved Communities Therapist
Youth Clinical Services Coordinator
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Victim Advocates
Transitional Housing Specialist
Thrift Store Coordinator
Thrift Store Employee
SAFE Homes - Rape Crisis Coalition
Board of Directors
Chair – Karen Rhodes
Vice-Chair – Ginger Davis
Secretary – Ashley Kemp
Treasurer – Elizabeth Martin
John Gramling, III
Mary Beth Lyles
SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition program of services is supported through a variety of means including the application and receipt of grants, revenue from our thrift store and therapy program, fund raising events, and individual and corporate donations.