Category: How We Do Our Work

Looking to Support REACH? Participate in Planting Seeds of Hope!

As a member of REACH’s Development Team, I am working every day to ensure that we are financially stable and that we have the means to continue supporting survivors on every step of their journey. At the beginning of each fiscal year, we discuss our budget and the needs of the organization, our staff, and the survivors we work with. We attempt to project what lies…

From Coffee to Action: Highlighting the Incredible Work of a Local Leader

A few months ago, I was asked to come speak at a local church, St. Anne’s of the Field, who have long been a supporter of REACH. I asked, as I always do, to chat with someone prior to coming to learn more about the community and what folks would be hoping to learn from our conversation. I was connected with their assistant priest, Rev. Greg…

Reflections During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By a REACH Staff Member What happens to a voice when it is repeatedly silenced? What happens when the body that houses that voice learns it will be harmed and discounted? What happens when cooperation and silence are implicit and saturate the very air we breathe? It has been a lifelong journey of learning how to access the words that had settled at the base of…

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…

THANK YOU AGAIN for your support during our 2019 fiscal year

During these 12 months, with your help, REACH provided more than 5,600 nights of safety and days of healing in our shelter. With your help, more than 300 survivors worked with community advocates at our office. Our wonderful office space also enabled us to offer new support groups for children – more than 30 kids participated. And our prevention team engaged more than 5,000 adults and…

Where is Prevention Going?

If you visit REACH’s new office and you happen to walk by the Prevention office, you will see a large calendar posted on the wall with the question, “Where is Prevention?” written in Harry Potter-esque lettering above. At a Prevention team retreat last summer, I had joked that we needed the Whereabouts Clock described in the Harry Potter books to keep track of the whereabouts of…

Building Community Through Planting Seeds of Hope

“Planting Seeds of Hope was a nice opportunity to think and talk about why I have worked at REACH for so long. Although I feel it on a daily basis just by being here, it was different when putting it in to words and sharing that with my friends and family. Everyone has been so kind and their responses have been heartwarming. It is truly beyond…