our mission: creating hope, healing lives, changing community

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides support for survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Making it possible for families who want to be free of violent relationships to succeed. We make hope real.

Safelight offers a broad range of services, provided by staff and over 100 dedicated volunteers. Safelight continues to rely on the generosity of the community for donations of money, time, and goods for our shelter, store, and other programs. Over time, the organization has evolved from a strictly crisis-driven agency to one striving to develop longer-term services addressing community needs such as low-income housing and the unavailability of medical, mental health and substance abuse resources.

Safelight's History

January 2016 - Announcement of Safelight as the new name for the combined organization.

October 2015 - The Healing Place and Mainstay, Inc. merged into one agency offering services for domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

The Healing Place started providing sexual assault support groups to Henderson County in 1986 as the Rape Crisis Center of Buncombe County. In 1990, incorporated as the Henderson County Rape Crisis Center. As the center continued to expand services to include children, the center became The Healing Place and officially change it's name in 1996. The Healing Place continues to provide counseling, case management, support groups, advocacy and education to the community and the schools. Click to read more about The Healing Place

Mainstay, Inc. started as two organizations. The Women's Crisis Ministry in Hendersonville helped women deal with such crises as divorce and widowhood. Paralleling Women's Crisis Ministry, an organization adopting the name Mainstay was also formed who helped battered women. In 1985 the two groups merged continued under the name Mainstay, Inc. Mainstay has continued to expand services including shelter, counseling, case management, support groups, court advocacy, and job training. Click for more information about the history of Mainstay

Board of Directors

President: Pat Ashe
Vice President: Noelle McKay
Secretary: Char Wojcik
Treasurer: Paul Tobias
John Lauterbach, Executive Director

Past Presidents:
Pam Herbst
Elizabeth Moss


Nicola Barksdale

Vivian BolaƱos

Kim Carland

Marcie Dowling
Victoria Dunkle

Peg Holmes

Debbie Krumrei

Laura Phipps

Ellen Rose

Julie Todd

Merit Wolff

Annual Reports

2015-2016   Safelight
2013-2014   Mainstay


We Are Safelight

Tanya Blackford

Funded By:

United Way
Council For Women
Family Violence Prevention Services Program

Thank you to United Way, the Family Violence Prevention Services Program, US DHHS, and NC Council for Women for financial support.