PITTSBURG — Safehouse Crisis Center will soon have a new executive director.

Rebecca Brubaker has resigned as executive director of Safehouse to pursue other interests, so Safehouse Program Director Brooke Powell was selected to be executive director and will begin her new duties on April 25.

"It’s bittersweet leaving Safehouse," Brubaker said. "The past 14 years have been very rewarding for me personally knowing that the families we served were able to start over and begin to live a life free of violence.

"I also know that change is good. Brooke will bring a new vision for moving the agency forward to improve programs and services for the vulnerable families we serve. I have every confidence in her and her abilities."

On April 23, Powell will also celebrate her 12 year anniversary with Safehouse. She found out about a job opportunity as a coordinator from a friend who "really loved the agency."

After doing a bit of research and seeing her friend’s happiness she applied for the position.

Powell later became an advocate.

"I had watched the advocates work and I adored and really admired what they were doing and I thought I could do this," Powell said. "I love to talk to people, I love to help. Seeing the other advocates and seeing how they worked with the clients, they really took me under their wing and it just felt really natural to be helping these survivors."

In Powell’s most recent role she has helped the advocates assist the clients.

"Advocacy is kind of like a puzzle, there's all these roadblocks you have to figure out for the clients," she said.

Her new duties as executive director will include securing funding through the federal and state governments, working with community partners, and more. "Just making sure the agency can continue to be that force in the community that is there to serve victims of violence," she said.