Author: Deborah Heimel, Associate Executive Director

Holiday Gift Week is Every Other Week

Others of you emailed us out of the blue this year. You heard about REACH through a friend, on Facebook, by Googling “holiday drive” or because you used to come to a support group here and because of the help you once received, you are now able to offer your support to someone else.  Almost 200 donors participate in this program and, for most of you,…

Part 3: Tough Conversations for Equity: Discussing Salary and Benefits at REACH

 This is Part Three of a three-part series written by REACH’s Associate Executive Director Deborah Heimel. Deb has worked at REACH for 14 years and manages the internal operations of the organization including human resource management responsibilities such as hiring and onboarding new staff members, administering paid time off benefits and medical insurance benefits, and managing payroll. In spring of 2019, Deb led a process with…

Part 2: Tough Conversations for Equity: Discussing Salary and Benefits at REACH

This is Part Two of a three-part series written by REACH’s Associate Executive Director Deborah Heimel. Deb has worked at REACH for 14 years and manages the internal operations of the organization including human resource management responsibilities such as hiring and onboarding new staff members, administering paid time off benefits and medical insurance benefits, and managing payroll. In spring of 2019, Deb led a process with…

Tough Conversations for Equity: Discussing Salary and Benefits at REACH

This is Part One of a three-part series written by REACH’s Associate Executive Director Deborah Heimel. Deb has worked at REACH for 14 years and manages the internal operations of the organization including human resource management responsibilities such as hiring and onboarding new staff members, administering paid time off benefits and medical insurance benefits, and managing payroll. In spring of 2019, Deb led a process with…

How Do We Respond to a Tragedy Like Orlando?

In the wake of the shooting in Orlando last weekend, I have seen many calls for system reform and legislative change. I personally appreciate the desire for continued measures to protect the LGBQ/T community from harm (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender).  Hate crimes – defined by the FBI as a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an…

The Power of Partnership

Building Effective Collaborations to Measure Empowerment of Domestic Violence Survivors How do you know that REACH is doing a good job? Or any other charitable organization? With so many worthy causes and hard-working organizations out there, how do you decide which ones are worthy of your attention, support, and time? This is a question we’ve been asking ourselves over the past several years. We can tell…