OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Avalon Center is to end power based violence against men, women, children, and the communities we serve and to achieve social justice.
Access – The Avalon Center fosters an environment of 24 hour
availability to individuals, volunteers, staff, and community partners to
ensure connection with the means necessary to address their individual
Collaboration – The Avalon Center works with individuals,
organizations, and our community in a collaborative fashion. The
Avalon Center values and promotes effective partnerships between staff,
volunteers, and the communities we serve.
Diversity & Integrity – The Avalon Center acknowledges the value and dignity of
all individual individuals. We are committed to create an environment
that is inclusive of all.
Empowerment – The Avalon Center facilitates services that encourage
individuals and communities to identify what is most important to them
to overcome barriers and be led by their own strengths and abilities,
while honoring their own choices.
Avalon Center Staff
Rachel Bruning - Executive Director
Misty Bilbrey - Director of Client Services
Peggy Davis - Court Advocate
Sarah Gentry - Advocate
LaChelle Lee - Sexual Assault Advocate
Chuck Norris - Court Advocate
Lacie Norris - Sexual Assault Advocate
Amanda Torres-Sexual Assault Advocate
Sam Walker - Court Advocate
Georgie White - Court Advocate
Maria Suarez - Child and Youth Program Director
Karolina Candelaria - Child and Youth Advocate
Macy Shuey- Child and Youth Advocate
~ - Director of Shelter Services
Melanie Elkins - Shelter Advocate
Kelli Johnson - Shelter Advocate
~ - Transitional Housing Coordinator
~ - Shelter Case Manager / Advocate
~ - Case Manager / Shelter Advocate
Tessa Williams - Shelter Advocate
Nicky LaBarge - Volunteer Coordinator
Sarah Cannon - Training and Community Outreach Director
April Norrod - Counselor
Amanda Loven - Counselor
Stephanie Holt - Counselor
Scott Looney - Financial Manager
The Avalon Center was founded in 1984 as Battered Women, Inc. and was the first organization in the community to provide a safe haven for victims of family violence. The organization started as a grass roots movement in the community as people began to realize a need for services for victims of domestic violence.
The Avalon Center has since grown into an important community resource providing comprehensive services to those affected by domestic and sexual violence.
In 2002 our name changed from Battered Women, Inc. to Avalon Center in order to reflect the broad spectrum of services we now provide.
We now service the following 7 counties: Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, and Van Buren.
We would like to acknowledge the on-going support from the following funders:
of Cumberland, Rhea, & Roane Counties.
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Major Funding for Avalon Center Projects are Provided by:
FVPSA Subgrant No. 26846 awarded by the State of TN, Dept. of Finance &
Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs (“OCJP”) for the FVPSA Formula Grant Program
SASP Subgrant No. 26617 awarded by the
State of TN, Dept. of Finance & Administration, OCJP for the SASP
Formula Grant Program
VOCA Subgrant No. 31953 awarded by the
State of TN, Office of Criminal Justice Programs.
The Avalon Center is supported by the United Way and The United Fund.
The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) & do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of TN, the Dept. of Health & Human Services or the U.S. Dept.
of Justice, Office of Criminal Justice Programs.