CAVA director grateful for support as agency closes
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 2:10 pm

To the Editor:

Citizens Against Violent Acts, Inc. (CAVA) is a non-profit crisis and counseling center for victims of sexual violence. The agency was founded in 1982 to meet the need for free and confidential crisis intervention and counseling services. Unfortunately, by June 18, CAVA will be closing its doors.

During its history, CAVA has served thousands of victims of sexual assault from across the county with dignity, compassion and caring. The mission of CAVA could not have been carried out without the many volunteers, community partners, board members and committed staff. Even though we are closing our doors, the support offered by the many families and individuals that have used our services has been astounding. Thank you.

The staff of CAVA would like to thank its current board members, President Marcia Bradley, Secretary/Treasurer Brian Kurish, and directors Penny Jenkins, Nicole Rood and Alexandra Jacobs for their assistance in closing the agency with dignity and honoring the place that the agency has held in the community.

We would also like to thank Karen Easter and her fantastic staff at Reachout for providing our hotline services and to Ilene Burke and her staff at Renewal House for their assistance during the transition.

If you or a loved one ever sought services at CAVA, we want you to know that services will continue through Renewal House and that all confidential materials will be stored in an appropriate location. We wish all of our clients a smooth transition of services and wish them all the best of luck as they walk down the road to wellness.

If you have any questions regarding the agency’s closure, please contact Brenda Thornton at 386-2761 or via email at

With warmest thanks,

Brenda Thornton, Executive Director