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CVAN’s Enduring Legacy in Cabarrus County

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Contributor: Jamie Richardson

 

In Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN) has provided a support system for survivors of domestic violence since its establishment in 1982. With a mission to provide safety, shelter, and support for battered women and their children, CVAN has been actively working to end domestic violence in the community for over four decades.

In the early 1980s, battered women and their children in Cabarrus County had nowhere to turn for support. In response, CVAN was created as a safe space and a voice for those in need. One of its initial initiatives was the establishment of a 24-hour hotline, ensuring that help was always just a phone call away.

In August 1984, CVAN opened its shelter, a renovated 100-year-old two-story home in downtown Concord. The renovation of that home into a safe space was a community effort, with over 300 individuals, churches, businesses, and groups coming together to support the cause. The shelter became a symbol of hope for survivors, offering them a safe environment to rebuild their lives.

In 2023, CVAN continued its vital work within the community, providing support to those in need. Highlights include:

  • Answered 1,741 calls on their 24-hour hotline.
  • Provided 3,541 nights of shelter and served 14,164 meals.
  • Accompanied 170 battered women to court, ensuring they had the support they needed.
  • Assisted 119 women and children through their Holiday Program.
  • Helped former shelter residents start anew with essentials such as food, supplies, rent, utilities, and childcare, a staggering 1,166 times.

In total, CVAN provided safety, shelter, and support to 1,630 battered women and their children in 2023 alone.

Photo Credit: CVAN’s website

Ways to Support CVAN’s Mission

CVAN relies heavily on the support of the community to continue its vital work. There are several ways you can assist them in their mission.

Donate Items to Support Survivors and Families

CVAN is always in need of essential items to support survivors and their families. Items such as paper products, trash bags, laundry detergent, personal care items, and gift cards are always appreciated. Visit their website for a list of specific needs or contact CVAN directly at 704-788-2826.

Shop at CVAN’s Thrift Store

Located at 543 Concord Parkway N. in Concord, NC, CVAN’s Cool Used Stuff Store offers a fantastic selection of items at great prices. All profits from the store go directly towards supporting battered women and their children.

The store accepts donations of clothing, household items, accessories, books, DVDs, CDs, and linens. While they appreciate all donations, they are unable to accept certain items such as toys, large appliances, furniture, and medical supplies.

CVAN thrift store storefront

inside view of the CVAN thrift store

Support CVAN Events

One of CVAN’s events is the “In Bloom” Tucker Garden Tour that happens every year thanks to the generosity of Carolyn Tucker. Visitors have the opportunity to explore her beautifully maintained gardens…from the Aurora pathway lined with moss and wildflowers to the Conservatory and Lovers’ Garden, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

You can also learn more about their other events on their website including Men for Change Fundraiser and the Women 4 Women Luncheon.

For over four decades, CVAN has been a lifeline for survivors of domestic violence in Cabarrus County. Through their unwavering dedication and the support of the community, they have provided safety, shelter, and support to countless individuals and families. By supporting CVAN, you are helping to build a world where every home is a safe place.

 

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