Safe Space is a non-profit organization that is committed to reducing relationship violence and sexual assault in Franklin County, North Carolina and nearby communities. Since 1995, we have assisted hundreds of victims and their children. Visit our services page to learn more about what we do.
Safe Space will fulfill its mission by:
- Providing and developing supportive services to meet the needs of adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These services include safe housing, court advocacy, system advocacy, and individual and group counseling.
- Creating awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault through community presentations and professional training focused on the causes and effects of violence, the prevention of the intergenerational cycle of violence, and the services available to the community.
- Building a coordinated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault that encourages citizen participation and interagency collaboration.
- Advocating for perpetrator accountability and re-education to deter abuses from future use of violence and to change their beliefs justifying relationship violence.
Monica Kearney, MSW
Monica Kearney has been the Executive Director of Safe Space, Inc. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault services agency in Franklin County since 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England. Monica is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work from Walden University.
Monica has over twenty years of experience in the social work profession. Her roles have included nonprofit management, early childhood education, outreach, and community education.
Monica is a trailblazer for women and children and for those issues which impede their health and well-being. Her spirituality, family, and network of supportive friends, keep her grounded and are the source of her strength. Her life long personal and professional experiences fuel her passion and commitment to enhance programs for people who suffer from the traumatic experiences of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault in Franklin County and adjacent communities.
Board of Directors
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of NC at Chapel Hill, Anna worked for 13 years as a reporter and editor for three community newspapers. She currently works as a legislative assistant for a House member in the NC General Assembly.
Helping others has always been her passion. She served for several years as a member, chairman and mentor with Franklin County Friends of Youth and has been on the Safe Space Board of Directors since 2006 where she serves as secretary. Anna spends her spare time reading, watching movies and volunteering at the Safe Space Variety Store. She is a former member of the Louisburg Area Jaycees. Anna served as the previous board Secretary. One of her inspirations for serving on the Board is Chairman Emeritus Jim Grove, who works so tirelessly to assure that the organization is running smoothly. His dedication is contagious.
Rev. Dr. David K. Rosby a native of Statesville, North Carolina. After finishing Statesville Senior High School he attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina on a full four-year football scholarship, he majored in Music Education and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983. Rev Rosby also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies with a Doctoral degree in Biblical Counseling, from Andersonville Theological Seminary.
In 1985 Reverend Rosby furthered his studies at Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh, N. C. in Christian Education. The General Baptist State Convention (GBSC), of N.C. employed him as Secretary of Lay Work, which involved the organizing of the Laymen’s League for 1700 Baptist churches over the State of North Carolina. There he was instrumental in writing the Laymen League manual for GBSC, along with the late Dr. O. A. Dupree, and the Bro. Charles Alston.
Currently, Reverend Rosby is the pastor of South Main Street Baptist Church where he began his ministry in September 1994. Rev. Rosby is married to Sharon Holman Rosby, and they have two children. Rev. Rosby is currently and has been employed with the Franklin County School System for over 17 years. He is also the president of the Franklin Area Clergy Ecumenical Society (F. A. C. E. S.).
Antrel Branch was raised in Franklin County where she currently resides with her husband and two sons. She obtained her BS in Public Health Studies with a concentration in community health from East Carolina University and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Having worked in public service for the past 6 years, Antrel currently works as a Project Manager for a local health department. Antrel is passionate about making a positive impact on the community. Antrel hopes to continue making that impact supporting the work of Safe Space as a new board member.
Misty Bailey was raised in Henderson, NC where she currently resides with her husband and two children. After graduating from High School in 2005, Misty attended VGCC for two years.
Misty has seven years of banking experience and is currently employed as an Advisor for Union Bank in Louisburg. Currently she serves as an ambassador for the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, in which she received ambassador of the year award for 2016. Misty also enjoys working with people and volunteering in her church. Although this year is her first year being a board member, Misty desires to hit the ground running and make an impact for Safe Space towards making a difference in her community.
Don James “Jim” Grove is a retired environmental engineer. He received a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. He has been a board member of Safe Space for over 17 years, and board chair for the last 10 years.He has been a volunteer fireman and board treasurer of Mitchiner’s Crossroads Fire Department for the last 23 years. He was recognized as Franklin County Citizen of the Year in 2007. He has mentored numerous young men.
After having served as Chair for over a decade, in February of 2018, Jim was elected the first ever Chairman Emeritus of Safe Space in recognition of his nearly 20 years of service to the organization and his community.
“Having observed the destructive effects of domestic violence first-hand, I have committed myself to do what I can to help others take back control of their lives,” says Jim.
Jim is Safe Space’s longest-serving member of the Board having come on just months after the organization’s inception. He is an alumnus of North Carolina State University.
Jim has a history of public service, including having served multiple terms on the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. His basic instinct is to find a way to help others. As the father of three daughters, he is particularly interested in women’s issues.
Safe Space Community Partners
- ACE Hardware of Louisburg
- ACE Hardware of Youngsville
- Canine Classics
- Carolina Mudcats
- Cooper Insurance
- Curves of Louisburg
- Edward Jones, Jim Staples Financial Advisor
- Harris Pharmacy
- Holdens Barbecue
- Flowers by Henry
- Franklin County Public Schools
- Franklin Times
- First Citizen Bank of Louisburg
- Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship
- Green Hill Club
- InnoVector Tech, Inc.
- Johnny’s Barbecue
- Johnny Bulls Restaurant
- K-Flex of Youngsville
- LaForesta Italian Cafe
- Louisburg Baptist Church
- Louisburg Methodist Church
- May and Place
- Over the Falls Deli
- Pruitt Lumber Company
- Ray Hodges Insurance
- Strickland Funeral Home
- Tar River Veterinary Hospital
- The Purple Door Spa
- Toney Lumber Company
- Union Bank
- Union Bank of Louisburg
- Wake Forest Federal Savings and Loan
- Wake Weekly
- Women In Network Youngsville
- Woodleaf Honey
Local, State & Federal Funding Sources
Champions for the Cause
NO MORE is a unifying symbol and campaign to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE is supported by hundreds of national and local groups and by thousands of individuals, organizations, universities, and communities who are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility for domestic violence and sexual assault.
An online resource hub for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in North Carolina.
A free online tool that helps users find a shelter near them and get help regardless of where they are or what language they speak.
A free online hotline with highly trained advocates who are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
NCCADV leads the state’s movement to end domestic violence and to enhance work with survivors through collaborations, innovative trainings, prevention, technical assistance, state policy development and legal advocacy.
The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault is an inclusive, statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy, and legislation.