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IN-PERSON ROTARY: Jessica Coach from Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
October 19, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
A long-time Barnwell resident has been named the new executive director of the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Inc.
After a 10-month intensive search led by a team of board members, Jessica Coach was recently chosen to lead the Cumbee Center. She succeeds Kay Mixon and Susan Selden as leader of the non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting and empowering victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families by providing services, reducing the tolerance of abuse and advocating for social change. They serve the counties of Barnwell, Aiken, Allendale, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda.
“I anticipate leveraging my achievements to help the organization expand its services. I’m looking forward to bringing the work of this essential organization to more people in our community,” said Coach, who has dedicated 13 years to the organization in one role or another.
Before becoming executive director, she was interim executive director for nine months. She has also worked as a case manager, including at the Barnwell County office, and an administrator where she provided services to the most vulnerable and at-risk clients and their families. As Director of Programs, she developed strong leadership and management skills while providing oversight of agency programs and being instrumental in establishing quality assurance protocols to promote consistent levels of trauma informed services.
“I have been privileged to witness the impact of good people giving back to the community. Together, we are stronger, and it is in this spirit that I continue my work at the Cumbee Center. I am excited to work with the exceptional team of staff and board members to help the organization meet the challenges of the next decade,” said Coach.
Witnessing victims become survivors is one of the most rewarding parts of the job for Coach and her team. Making a difference in the lives of people is humbling, but Coach said the people they serve deserve the credit because they are the brave ones.
“Seeing them regain their own strength as they conquer their trauma experiences and learn to love themselves. Watching as they reach healing and recognize they’re not to blame and they’re not alone,” Coach said.
The work provided by the staff of the Cumbee Center is vital since South Carolina ranks fifth in the nation for women who are murdered by an intimate partner. One in four females and one in seven men report having experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner, according to data.
So far in 2019, the Cumbee Center has provided services to 410 victims of domestic violence and 118 victims of sexual assault. This number is only new clients and does not include clients receiving recurring monthly/weekly follow-ups. The organization has also provided 114 orders of protection and 73 hospital accompaniment responses (including 33 under the age of 17), plus countless hours of crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling, Coach said.
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