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Foothills Alliance Becomes First Light

March 24, 2023

On February 28th, 2023, our Children’s Advocacy Center in Anderson and Oconee Counties held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the rebranding of First Light. First Light is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that encompasses three programs: Sexual Trauma Center, Child Advocacy Center, and Prevent Child Abuse.

Foothills Alliance was formed when three agencies were merged in July 2001. Prior to the merger, the Sexual Trauma Center, known then as Foothills Rape Crisis Center (founded in 1989), operated for 11 years as an independent non-profit agency providing 24-hour crisis intervention services to residents of Anderson and Oconee counties. Before merging with the Alliance, Prevent Child Abuse had been in existence since 1990, run solely by volunteers in the community. The Child Advocacy Center was a new program that was developed in 2001 and became part of Foothills that same year. In 2023, Foothills Alliance is becoming First Light: A Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Resource Center.

First Light’s services include a 24 hour-7-days-a-week crisis hotline, emergency room advocacy, an active and vital volunteer program, treatment and advocacy for survivors of abuse and assault, professional training for our community partners, a full range of clinical services provided by master’s-level counselors, abuse prevention education, and community and school education and awareness programs. All of our services are provided at no cost to our clients.