Who We Are & What We Do
Sage Advocacy Center began as an initiative in 1977 led by a group of volunteers from the Wenatchee Police Department (WPD). The Wenatchee Police Department recognized the need for community support for victims of sexual assault. The agency started with a 24-hour crisis line and advocacy services staffed by volunteers to serve Chelan and Douglas counties.
In 1978, domestic violence services were added to the agency’s offerings, and it was issued 501 C (3) status and named the Wenatchee Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Center. A food and clothing bank were added to its services, and in 1990, our emergency shelter program was established. Offering temporary housing to women and children fleeing domestic violence.
In 2006, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) was established. Sage Advocacy Center partnered with all four Law Enforcement jurisdictions, Prosecutors Offices, and CPS to offer forensic interviews, and support for children who may have suffered abuse alongside their non-offending caregivers. To support these children in forensic interviews and in court, we brought on our court facilitator dog, Hank, who continues to serve our community.
Sage Advocacy Center offers wrap-around support services to our clients at no cost. These services include traditional advocacy, legal advocacy, and medical advocacy. We have also had therapy as well as support groups, and regularly host free legal clinics. Every year we serve several hundreds of adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes.
Sage Advocacy Center continues to offer these important services for free to victims of all ages, sexes, nationalities, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, race and religion and does not discriminate.
Compassion. Kindness. Transparency.