With help from supporters and volunteers throughout the community, the East Texas Crisis Center (ETCC) has provided counseling for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and other violent crime since 1978. The center is dedicated and committed to restoring dignity and purpose in the lives of victims and promote public compassion and awareness in order to reduce violence. ETCC provides programs emphasizing prevention and intervention to victims in five East Texas counties.
Certified Victim Advocate Sharie Withers serves as a volunteer for the ETCC. She is on call 48 hours each month for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault admitted to the local emergency rooms. Her role is to comfort the victim and advise them on the services available from the ETCC.
“I have never been on call when a victim has had a loved one with them,” Mrs. Withers said. “They are always alone in that dark hour, which is where my role as a Victim Advocate is so important. Unfortunately, during the holidays, there is always an increased need for ETCC services.”
In addition to her volunteer service to the ETCC, Mrs. Withers is a member of the Tyler Independent School District Foundation Board of Directors where she serves on the 2012 Teacher of the Year selection committee and is also vice president of campaigns. She is an executive volunteer for the Prison Entrepreneur Program at the Cleveland Unit. Mrs. Withers is a graduate of Leadership Tyler and was recognized as the July 2012 Stepmother of the Month by Stepmom Magazine.
“I don’t think you can live in the East Texas community, or even in the world, and make your living in it without giving back to it. We are not here to simply take. We are designed to give back. The world and our city work better when we do, and we feel better when we lie down at night,” Mrs. Withers said.
Born in Norwalk, California, Mrs. Withers resides in Athens, Texas. She and her husband, Alex, have been married for seven years and are the parents of Dillon Myrick, 21, Allie Withers, 22, Scott Withers, 18, and Megan Withers, 13. Mrs. Withers is a graduate of Kerens High School in Kerens, Texas. She earned her associate’s degree from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, and received her bachelor’s degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Mrs. Withers is the owner of Allstate Insurance –The Sharie Withers Agency in Tyler. The Withers family attends First Baptist Church of Athens where Mrs. Withers serves in the children’s ministry.
“I enjoy knowing that my volunteer service matters. Knowing that lives are touched by my efforts puts a smile in my heart. Also, because I own a business in Tyler and have made a living in this community, I feel very connected to the people here. I feel that I owe a lot to this city that has been so good to me and my family,” Mrs. Withers said.
For more information about the East Texas Crisis Center, please call 903-509-2526 or visit www.etcc.org.