Business profile: Stark helps victims through crisis

Kim Stark with Voice of Hope

Name: Kim Stark, LMSW.

 

Age: 55.

I am from: Levelland, Texas.

Occupation: Executive director of Voice of Hope: Rape Crisis Center.

Website: www.voiceofhopelubbock.org .

How I ended up in this business: I am only the second executive director our agency has had; in 2006 I was hired following the unexpected death of Dr. Becky Cannon. Dr. Becky Cannon was the pioneering spirit that blazed the trail to develop the second oldest rape crisis center in Texas where she had been at the helm for 30 years. I found out about the job through one of the volunteers at the agency and felt I could lend my talents in developing programs to better serve child/adult victims of sexual assault and/or sex trafficking.

The one thing I enjoy most about my work: Knowing sexual assault and/or sex trafficking victims don’t have to go through the crisis alone. While this is the hardest job I’ve ever had given the subject matter, it is also the most rewarding because I know we are really helping people.

My business philosophy is: As a non-profit, we are all cogs on a wheel and we must work together each with our own areas of expertise, to be able to fully serve victims.

What are your goals with Voice of Hope? (1) Expand our building to better accommodate the growing needs of our agency ie..more office space, a clinic for follow-up services for victims of sexual assault, an emergency efficiency apartment for housing sexual assault or sex trafficking victims who need short term shelter and also a larger dedicated space to do our volunteer training; (2) increase the number of 13-17 year olds we are able to reach in our efforts provide Sexual Assault Primary Prevention (3) expand staff to assist with both our sexual assault program and anti-sex trafficking program.

What Lubbockites might not know about Voice of Hope? That Voice of Hope provide services 24 hours a day/7 days a week, 365 days a year and our services are free to victims of sexual assault and/or sex trafficking and their non-offending loved ones.

The best advice I’ve ever received: Never give up … be persistent and trust your crazy ideas!

The person I most admire is: Sellie Shine has to be one of my favorite people!

My family: My husband is retired Fire Chief Otis Stark. He retired a couple of years ago after serving 35 years with the Levelland Fire Department. We have two gorgeous daughters, Dustie Stark-Atkinson and Kori Alyson Stark. Dustie is a business owner of a sign shop in Levelland and Kori is a personal banker in Aurora, Colorado. We also have two beautiful grandchildren; Delyla Belliou (age 10) and Dooley Otis (age 5).

If I could be anything, I’d be: A lottery winner-LOL!

I wish I knew how to: Surf. But not a lot of oceans in Lubbock, Texas.

If I could change one thing about Lubbock, it would be: Definitely, it would be to end child/adult sexual assault and sex trafficking.

When I retire, I plan to: Hang out with my handsome hubby, travel and just live the dream!

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