Violence coalition has new director
A licensed clinical social worker is the new executive director for the Nevada County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition.
Jody Anderson, a native of Philadelphia, began working last week to rebuild a staff that laid off eight of its 12 workers in December 2003.
Four of those positions have been filled “and we’ll be looking for more grants to build the staff because there’s such a need in the area,” said Anderson, who previously worked as the clinical director at the Tahoe Women’s Services on the north shore.
“We’re looking for ways to get back out in the community to help victims of violence and sexual assault,” she said. “Remember, all services are confidential.”
Anderson replaces Coral Boganes, who left in December. Coalition Secretary Rod Gillespie said she “did a wonderful job in difficult times, but the board wanted a change.”
Boganes could not be reached for comment.
Anderson said rebuilding the organization is one of her top priorities, and progress is being made.
“We’ve reorganized and looked at what grants we need,” she said.
The coalition has added a new office in the Brighton Greens office buildings next to the fairgrounds and a new safe house for clients.
For those needing shelter from domestic abuse, “we do an assessment to see if the house meets their needs or we get them to a location where they need to be to be safe,” Anderson said.
The nonprofit also provides food, transportation and clothing for clients and their children, support groups, counseling, legal and children’s services.
How to get help
The Nevada County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition can be reached the following ways:
– 24-hour crisis number, 272-3467
– Business phone, 272-2046
– 960 McCourtney Road, Suite E, in the Brighton Greens office complex between the county fairgrounds and Highway 20.
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