The Care Center looks for new Jefferson County home

The Care Center Jefferson County

The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center, or The Care Center, has recently lost its rental lease on its Jefferson County office in Oskaloosa, Kansas and is turning to the community for assistance in acquiring a new office space.

The Care Center serves victims and survivors of sexual trauma and abuse in Douglas, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties. Started in 1972, The Care Center was the first rape crisis center in the state of Kansas and one of the first in the nation. There are three main programs: Counseling, Advocacy & Response, and Education.

“We wanted to reach out to the community to help us brainstorm a new office space,” said Chrissy Heikkila, Executive Director. “It is important to us to clarify that we are not leaving Jefferson County and will continue to serve the community as we search for a new space.”

The need for an office in Jefferson County is critical. The office accommodated individual therapy for adults and children, one-on-one advocacy services, and support groups. If you believe you can help The Care Center please contact Chrissy Heikkila, Executive Director at 785-843-8985 ext 2 or by email at

The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center mission is to promote a culture of consent while providing 24/7 support to anyone affected by sexual trauma and abuse in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties. More information about the agency can be found at or by calling 785-843-8985.