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Men For Change To Meet Sept. 18

 

August 27, 2018



Men for Change of SAFE, Inc., will hold a recruitment discussion from 8-9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the coffee shop of Pisgah Coffee Roasters at 6283 Asheville Highway in Pisgah Forest. Greg Cathcart, coordinator of collaborative services for SAFE of Transylvania County and men who are volunteers with Men for Change, will be available to answer questions and discuss Men for Change.

Men for Change is a social movement that uses the combined resources of men in Transylvania County and surrounding areas to create change— one man and one person at a time.

“We believe that by combining our financial resources, our community visibility, our life experience and our time, we can help prevent, and even end domestic violence and sexual assault,” Cathcart said. “We do this by supporting victims, survivors and those who are participating in SAFE’S intervention programs, educating ourselves and others, and acting as positive role models and mentors to others in our community. We call on everyone to stand with us against domestic violence and sexual assault.”

In December, Men for Change walked in the annual Brevard Christmas Parade and along the way gathered people who wanted to join them. Cathcart was a volunteer with SAFE and held the banner for Men for Change along with SAFE board member Sam Edney. After that experience, Cathcart said he and Edney had a discussion.

“We were amazed to see the number of men who were encouraged to join us simply because they recognized a familiar face,” Cathcart said. “Many of us don’t understand the power we have to mentor our peers in making a positive change in their lives. It was at that moment I realized that as a survivor of domestic violence, I had a responsibility to do everything I could to break the cycle. I owed it to not only myself, but to future generations.”

Cathcart is now leading Men for Change as part of his role at SAFE.

Depending on their area of interest, the Men for Change will be involved in volunteer activities in the community, acting as mentors for men who are in the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), offering their skills and expertise to those in the shelter and those in the DVIP, and helping with fundraising.

The current 2018-2019 Men for Change roster is diverse and includes local musicians, professionals, business owners, college students and law enforcement. The roster will be published online at http://www.safetransylvania.org.

Cathcart emphasizes that all are welcome to attend the event and to join the group.

“Men for Change is looking for those who are willing to stand up, and speak out and create change,” he said.

If you are not able to attend this event, but would like to know more about Men for Change and SAFE of Transylvania County, call SAFE at (828) 885-7233.

 
 

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