Grand County " ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team hires new director | SkyHiNews.com

Grand County " ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team hires new director

Grand County, Colorado ” ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team has appointed Sondra Chessare as its new Executive Director.

Chessare most recently worked as the executive director of the Northern Colorado Aids Project, an agency dedicated to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Prior to that, she co-founded and co-directed the Roundtree Center, a nonprofit community center providing affordable art experiences for families in the Five Points area of Denver. She also coordinated programs for Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.

She earned her master’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also served on the adjunct faculty and graduated from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Ind. She resides in Grand Lake.

In her new role, Chessare will provide leadership and management of ADVOCATES in its quest to fund and provide expanded services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and to ultimately end domestic and sexual violence in Grand County.

“I’m excited to be working with Advocates,” Chessare said. “I’ll be reaching out to the community not only through our victim assistance program, but also to encourage volunteers and raise funds to support the important programs offered by the Advocates.”

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Founded in the 1970s, ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team operates as the only community-based agency of its kind in Grand County. With minimal staff and a dedicated pool of crisis volunteers who staff a 24-hour hot line, ADVOCATES provides extensive victim support services, information, preventive education and community awareness.

For more information about services, volunteering, or making donations, call the office at 725-3442.

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