About Us

Our Mission

To help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County. C.A.R.E. works to create safety in our community by helping survivors and by promoting non-violent and healthy relationships by education and example.

Board of Directors


Judi Harris Chair

Kelly Liscum Vice Chair

Betsy McMillan Treasurer

Alyson Burch Secretary

Marie Hicks

Ceres Austria

John Wright

Katie Wallace

Shawna Ross

Bill Prummell

Mary Grace Lorah

Misty Raines

Executive Director

Early in 2016, Karen McElhaney assumed the role of Executive Director for C.A.R.E.

Originally from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Karen attended the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Psychology. Karen then went on to receive her Masters degree in Human Services from Capella University.

In 2012 Karen and her family decided to relocate to Charlotte County area from Ohio. She has spent more than 20 years working for nonprofits, helping make a difference in countless lives.

Community Partners

C.A.R.E. appreciates the contributions all of our Community Partners. Click the link below to see our full list.

Our Locations

Punta Gorda

P.O. Box 510234 Punta Gorda, FL 33951-0234




6868 San Casa Dr Englewood, FL 34224



Our Funders