Leadership Rogers County 2020 Class participates in Quality of Life Day

The 2020 Class of Leadership Rogers County (LRC) recently participated in Quality of Life Day by touring three area not-for-profit organizations and hearing from an additional 17 local non-profits.  This year’s class of Leadership Rogers County is comprised of 22 leaders representing diverse businesses and organizations.

The group toured the Children’s Advocacy Center, Safenet Services and Rogers County Adult Day Care.  The first stop was the Children’s Advocacy Center with the mission to reduce trauma to child abuse victims. Executive Director Holly Webb gave the tour to the group and said, “Child abuse is a community effort.  People have got to report and be that voice for a child.” The Children’s Advocacy center services Rogers, Craig and Mayes counties and coordinates a professional, multidisciplinary team approach that provides assessment, treatment, and education in a safe, child-friendly environment.  Child-specific trained professionals operate together under the same roof with officials from the Office of the District Attorney. The tour was very sobering as the child abuse statistics are very high with sexual abuse at 80%. As children go through the process of moving from victim to survivor, they are asked to leave their handprint on the wall.  Class member Shelly Haire noted, “It is overwhelming, there are so many handprints. I am thankful to know that we have such a strong advocate for children in our area.”

From the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Leadership Class visited Safenet Services. Safenet Services is a safe haven for women and children experiencing abuse in Rogers and Mayes counties. The shelter provides food, clothing, and other necessities. At minimum, a 30-day stay is offered to victims and their children. Additionally, the staff works with residents to help break the cycle of abuse, and to create healthy and self-sufficient futures. Clear and attainable goals are set and support is provided to help ensure success. Executive Director Donna Grabow gave the tour to LRC.  Grabow started Safenet 29 years ago in a duplex.  Since then, funds were raised through the Reynolds Foundation to build a state-of-the-art facility.  Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking is a crime and Safenet works closely with the Office of the District Attorney and local law enforcement. Grabow stated, “We are here to keep victims safe and defenders accountable.”   Safenet Services has helped more than 3,400 abused women and their children change their lives since they opened their doors in 1991.

Finally, the Leadership Class toured the Rogers County Adult Day Care facility. The Rogers County Adult Day Care is a private non-profit organization designed to be a community-based service benefiting the impaired adult and their caregivers. The mission is to provide a safe place of warmth and caring to promote the independence of the impaired adult, enhance the quality of life, and prevent premature institutionalization. The intent is to provide therapeutic rehabilitative, social and health maintenance in order to insure relief for caregivers. “Volunteers are always needed and they play an essential part in the success of our approach to provide respite for the caregivers,” said Wanda Inman, Director, Rogers County Adult Day Care. Based on individual needs, Rogers County Adult Day Care offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise, art, music, baking, horticulture, and pet therapy. Staff provides intergenerational fun, consisting of socialization and companionship between older and younger adults. Cost is $10/hour or $65/day and transportation is provided within Rogers County.

The Leadership Rogers County Class finished the Quality of Life Day at Northeast Technology Center by participating in “Speed Dating.”  The “speed dating” exercise consisted of 17 diverse non-profit organizations there to share information, one-on-one, in three minute increments.  LRC Class member Sarah Adcock said, “I enjoyed learning about the many programs in our area that are geared toward improving lives of those who need it most.  They serve the needs in our community but need our help through volunteering, donations and serving on their boards to keep going.” All non-profits represented rely on fundraising and donations to sustain their programming and operating expenses. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.  For more information on Leadership Rogers County, please visit www.leadershiprogerscounty.org.


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