Who We Are 2018-02-28T14:36:36+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

Rebeca Cunio

Director CAC

Sherrie Saenz

Counselling Supervisor

Alisia 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.

Child Advocacy Center Mission Statement

The mission of the Child Advocacy Center of the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties is to ensure that a multi-disciplinary team act in partnership to deliver comprehensive services to meet the needs of child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse and their family members:

  • to enable the child and the child’s non-offending family members to return to a sense of safety, trust and control through appropriate therapeutic treatment;
  • to reduce the number of interviews required of a child abuse victim in order to minimize the negative impact of the investigation;
  • to facilitate investigation and prosecution of those individuals who perpetrate these crimes against the children of Anderson and Cherokee Counties.




To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh

You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.

Melissa Etheridge

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.

Madeleine Albright