Interact branching out

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Interact, a Raleigh nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence and child abuse, has expanded to Fuquay-Varina with its first satellite office, and is considering doubling the size of its Raleigh shelter for women and children.

The new Southern Wake Counseling Center includes counseling services and a retail store to generate revenue to support the new operation.

Adam Hartzell, executive director, says he wants to create a new model for funding domestic-violence organizations.

“I am seeking out ways for us to generate our own income and diversify our funding stream so we are not solely reliant on the ebbs and flows of community support,” he says.

The new center in downtown Fuquay-Varina expects to serve nearly 1,000 people its first year, more than doubling the number of its clients from southern Wake County, Hartzell says.

With the new Pass It On thrift store expected to generate $70,000 in revenue its first year, he says, Interact aims to raise another $30,000 to cover the center’s $100,000 in annual operating costs.

The new revenue model could support new centers in other underserved areas of Wake County, Hartzell says.

Interact, which last year served 28,000 people, including 11,000 victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, also wants to build a new shelter that will at least double its current 18-bed shelter for women and children.

“Our intention is to raise a substantial amount of money for a capital campaign starting next year,” Hartzell says.

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