In 1977 concerned women in the Tri-Cities met to establish a support program for victims of sexual assault. In September 1977, a support program, staffed by volunteer advocates, began to serve Benton and Franklin Counties as a part of the Mid-Columbia Mental Health Center. It provided professional staff funded by federal monies.
In 1981 federal monies were no longer available and the Center had to discontinue the service. In December, 1981, the Benton-Franklin Rape Relief and Sexual Assault Program was incorporated and funded by United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties and located at the Mid-Columbia Mental Health Center.
In 1986 the Benton-Franklin Rape Relief and Sexual Assault Program was moved to 640 Jadwin, Suite D in Richland.
In 1990, to better express the work of the program, the agency's name was changed to the Sexual Assault Response Center, or SARC.
In July 2000, the Kids Haven program became operational. SARC moved facilities to 830 North Columbia Center Blvd. Suite H, to accommodate this new partnership with local city and county governments.
In 2012 the name of the agency was changed to "Support, Advocacy & Resource Center" to better reflect the varied clientele the Center serves; not only victim of sexual violence but also identity theft, homicide, child physical abuse, elder abuse, assault, gang violence, fraud and human trafficking. The new name also better positions the agency to expand programs in the future.
In June 2017 we moved to our new facility to better meet the needs of our community. An onsite counseling program was added, along with designated staff to work with survivors of sex trafficking.
Executive Director - JoDee Garretson, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Director of Human Trafficking - Desiree Reynolds
Human Trafficking Advocate - Gabriela Navarro
Human Trafficking Program Assistant - Anna Olson
Office Administrator - Mitzi Veng
Office Assistant - Ashlea Walton
Clinical Director - Anna Hahn
Program Director of Client Services and Prevention - Jessica Ramirez
Sexual Assault Advocate - Rosanna Herrera
Sexual Assault Advocate - Rylie Dixon
Crime Victim Advocate - Alejandra Cardoso
Prevention Specialist - Denise Martin
Prevention Specialist - Andrea Garcia
Prevention Program Assistant - Andrea Aldous
Board of Directors
President - Kevin Hartze
Vice President - Monica Cisneros
Secretary - Marilyn Heasley
Treasurer - Craig Littrel
Member at Large - Betsy Dickinson
Members - Leslie Sievers, Jim Raymond, Kari Skinner, Adam Austin, Sharon Adkins, Tobaski Snipes, Jeff Escalera