PITTSBURG — Since Rebecca Brubaker became involved with Safehouse Crisis center, she has put effort in growing awareness for those fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.
Brubaker has been the Safehouse Crisis Center executive director for 11 years, and previously served on the board. Brubaker was recently honored as one of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Women of Distinction.
She had worked for Social and Rehabilitation Services for 15 years, where Brubaker said she worked with low income and impoverished families — families in similar conditions as her current clients.
Brubaker was recently honored as one of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Women of Distinction for her efforts in social services.
“I was very humbled by it, it is an amazing acknowledgement,” she said. “I really thank staff for it, and donors, the chamber and community made it happen.”
This past year, Brubaker led — with the combined effort of the Safehouse board of directors, staff and donors — the creation of a second Safehouse facility in Pittsburg which has 70 beds, state-of-the-art security and amenities.
“The new facility is something really necessary,” Brubaker said. “We are always growing and we had a need for another living facility for comfort and safety.”
After two years of work, the facility opened in June 2017.
Brubaker said with the right resources and the support of the community, people can find their way to success.
“Everyone has the right and chance to succeed with the support of the community,” Brubaker said.
The social service field has been a passion of hers all her life, Brubaker said.
“I care about the underdog … everyone should have a chance in life to do well in their situation and be self sufficient.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.