The Community Crisis Center of Northeast Oklahoma is inviting the community to join them in honoring the incredible career and contributions of Executive Director Deedee Cox, Thursday, Sept. 27 as she transitions into retirement.

MIAMI – A survivor, a thriver and stalwart advocate, the Community Crisis Center of Northeast Oklahoma is inviting the community to join them in honoring the incredible career of Executive Director Deedee Cox.

The CCC serves northeast Oklahoma through programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking while working with community partners to promote healthy relationships and end abuse.

On Thursday, Sept. 27 the agency will host an open house reception at the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce, 11 S Main St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Cox's career and accomplishments as she transitions into retirement.

A light lunch will be provided and attendees are asked to share cards and personal messages in lieu of gifts.

Cox has served as Executive Director for the CCC since August 1994 evolving the agency based in Miami operating an 18-bed shelter to include satellite offices in Jay and Vinita, the Peace Wing Housing Program, the Batterer's Treatment program and the Grove Safe House, the first and only certified safe house in the state of Oklahoma.

Decades ago, Cox found herself in an abusive relationship with little resources available in escaping her situation. Even as a successful career woman, her transition out of domestic violence was complex and awareness was at a minimum. Finding her way forward, her experience has served to profoundly shape her intimate understanding of victim and community needs.

As part of the CCC, she has worked tirelessly for 24 years to grow resources and awareness, always open with her own experience and in seeking new pathways to end domestic and sexual violence. Her expansion of services has resulted in a batterer intervention program for accountability with the courts, a jail visitation program for victims of domestic violence, prevention programs in schools, and training law enforcement officers from three counties on domestic violence and sexual assault.

"I've had the opportunity to work and train with Deedee for two years now. She is one of the most inspirational women I know," said Kelsey Samuels, CCC Assistant Director. "She has dedicated 24 years of her life to bettering the three-county area for victims of domestic & sexual violence. I'm so glad we can celebrate and honor all she has done.

Learn more about the CCC and its mission at www.getmeout.org. The CCC also provides a 24-hour hotline with advocates standing by to assist those in need at 1-800-400-0883.