The REACH Center supports victims of crime and abuse in many ways by providing counseling, advocacy, therapy, and reinforcement. It has also been providing community outreach and prevention education for decades.
This is a component of our program of which we are very proud. These events take months of planning and organizing and everyone at REACH contributes to this process. I’d like to take a moment to invite you to some of our upcoming events, and highlight some of our most recent programming.
Coming up in August, we would like to invite everyone to two of our community outreach events: the fourth annual “National Night Out” at Dutchman’s Landing in Catskill, on Tuesday, August 2 and the second annual “Community Night Out” event at the Riverfront Park, 1 Water Street in Hudson on Wednesday, August 17.
Both events take place 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. We have lots of family friendly activities including music, face painting, food, games, raffles, a bounce house, and lots more fun for the entire family, and all activities are free and open to the public. During these events, representatives from a variety of community agencies will be available to provide information on resources, services and programs available within our community.
Throughout the past year, REACH organized a candlelight vigil and survivors speak out in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Crime Victims’ Rights Week (both in April). This featured guest speaker Becky Francis, a nationally recognized advocate for victims of child sexual abuse.
We also organized a viewing of “The Hunting Ground”, an award winning documentary on campus sexual assault. This was attended by guest speaker and subject of the film, Sophie K. who was available to share her story and answer audience questions.
Some of our other yearly events include:
- The Clothesline Project was an event that shows the impact of interpersonal violence on our community. This year, we displayed over 300 T-shirts, decorated by members of our community who have been impacted by crime and abuse. T-shirts were displayed in store front windows along Main Street, Catskill and Warren Street, Hudson, and various locations around Columbia and Greene Counties, including Columbia Greene Community College, The Greene County Building, and Columbia County Municipal Building.
- One Billion Rising International Campaign to help end violence against women throughout the world. This year we partnered with Greene County Public Health and showed a video provided by the campaign, documenting the effects of this violence not only in our community, but throughout the world. Showing this video in venues around our community led to discussions on how we can raise awareness and prevent this type of violence both locally and globally.
- Every year, we provide the NYS Mandated Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education to all participating school districts in Columbia and Greene Counties, providing individual classroom sessions for students in Kindergarten thru 6th grade. Trainings are also facilitated in our community throughout the year on all aspects of trauma and mental health issues, healthy childhood development, working within the LGBTQ community, child abuse prevention and treatment, sexual assault prevention, mandated reporting…just to name a few.
Please stop by, or contact us at any time if you have any questions or interest in our prevention education and/or outreach. The staff at the REACH Center would be happy to take a moment to discuss this piece of our program with you.
Julianne Baumann- Program Director