OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter) is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga, Avery & surrounding counties.

In 2014-2015, OASIS served 340 clients and 228 of their children, and received over 1,800 crisis and information calls to our 24-hour crisis line. The most typical type of assistance that we provide is crisis intervention and referrals. Clients receive not only shelter, but case management services with information about alternatives to living in violence. We also provide referrals for services related to housing, food stamps, and financial assistance.

OASIS also provides advocacy for victims of sexual assault. We are available to offer support to clients while in the hospital during and after physical examinations and provide referrals to any appropriate agencies or organizations.  In addition, OASIS provides clothing to the victims who may have had theirs taken as evidence.

Our Mission

Founded in 1978, OASIS, Inc. is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga and Avery Counties, North Carolina.  OASIS works toward this mission in three ways, by:
  1. Providing comprehensive emergency services, transitional support, and a safe environment for survivors as they explore options for a violence-free life.
  2. Providing education and skill development to encourage families in our community to create and maintain healthy peer and intimate partner relationships that are based on respect and equality.
  3. Helping to create a community that supports survivors through advocacy and education.


Tonight is the first night of performances for the Vagina Monologues at Appalachian State University! Doors open at 6:00 PM, show starts at 7:00 PM. All proceeds go to VDAY and OASIS!

Come enjoy a wonderful performance and support a great cause. See you there!
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This week! Come out and see the 2016 production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues! Show nights are February 10, 11, and 12 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds go to VDAY and OASIS.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; tickets can be purchased at the information desk in the Plemmons Student Union.

For more information, visit the official event page at: www.facebook.com/events/581873735297469/
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Mark your calendars! Boone Saloon is hostMetaphoniafit concert TOMORROW, February 6th, for OASIS! Metaphonia will be playing! The cover is $5, and proceeds go directly to survivors in our community. See you there!
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Metaphonia Oasis Benefit, with special guests Spun jobs

February 6, 2016, 11:00pm

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The snow is melting! Grab your coats and come celebrate with us at Boone Saloon this Saturday, February 6th at 9:00 PM. Boone Saloon is hosting a benefit concert for OASIS; Metaphonia will be playing, and the cover is $5. Proceeds go directly to survivors in our community!

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Our Services

OASIS has a philosophy of empowerment, which means we believe every survivor is able to make the best decisions for herself or himself if given the support and resource referrals. We never tell anyone what she or he should do. Instead, we help brainstorm ideas and look together at possibilities. We work closely with other helping agencies and can help survivors identify the different avenues of support available to them. Below are just some of the services OASIS provides:


OASIS can provide free temporary emergency shelter at a confidential location for families fleeing domestic violence.

Short-term Crisis Counseling

Our experienced staff is trained in providing support to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. We follow trauma-informed service protocols, which means our focus is on.

Information and Referrals to Community Resources

OASIS works closely with other service providers in the community, and we keep up to date on the changes in social services.

Case Management

Our client service staff provides case management as one way of empowering survivors to make their own choices about their lives.

Support Groups

OASIS holds a weekly support group for survivors of domestic abuse. We also partner with licensed mental health care professionals to facilitate a therapeutic group for survivors of sexual trauma. Screenings are required for both groups.

Medical Advocacy

OASIS advocates are available to provide support for survivors who have experienced a sexual assault. An advocate can be present for the forensic exam, and can provide information about OASIS services and options for moving forward. 

Judicial Systems Advocacy

OASIS staff provides information, referrals, advocacy and support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault within the court system.

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Servicios En Español

Ayuda para las Víctimas de Violencia Familiar, Abuso Sexual, y Violation.

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Our Team


Executive Director

Jennifer Herman

Associate Director

Kerry Gersonde

Shelter Services Coordinator

Lesley Icenhour

Shelter Manager

Laura Lewis

Community Services Coordinator

Liz Mason

Housing Coordinator

Janie Finnin

Prevention Coordinator

Jessica Pittman Dale

Avery Services Coordinator

Tiffany Moon

Outreach Coordinator

Kelsi Butler

Evening Shelter Manager

Pam Simcox

Spanish Language Coordinator

Alicia Santos

Board of Directors

Board Chair: Shelley Wainscott-Wallin

“I am part of OASIS because I think that if everyone does their part, we can all make the world a safer place to live.”

Treasurer: Kelsey Smith

“I support OASIS because they are a vital organization in our community and I enjoy working alongside the wonderful and dedicated staff that help the survivors in our area.”

Secretary: Glenn Ellen Starr-Stilling

“As an ASU employee, serving on the OASIS Board of Directors shows me ways that I can strengthen the connections between ASU and the community.

Members at Large

Cecilia Grasinger
Julie Rikard
Dee Dee Rominger
Wade Colvard
Shawn Bergman
Megan Gantt

I am proud to be part of such a wonderful agency and board.  Together we make sure we can provide the best services to our clients as well as make the community aware of the issues of domestic violence.  Together we make a difference by spreading awareness.

Gail Hawkinson

“Having a strong DV/SA program like OASIS is essential to a healthy community. OASIS saves lives, literally. As a founding member over 37 years ago and a mental health professional for 40 years, I can personally testify to the quality and positive outcomes of this organization. It is with great pride and pleasure that I serve on this board.”

Jeanie Huelsman

Safety is a human right. I am on the Board to spread awareness – domestic violence and sexual assault are real and can affect anyone.

Kathy Howell

OASIS came to my rescue over 20 years ago. They were my help when I needed them most and prayers were answered. The least I can do is give back as much as I can and to be an example for others to see—if I can survive and persevere— they can too!  It is imperative to break the cycle of violence!

Sharon Stafford

As an Emergency Department physician I see the direct results of domestic and sexual violence, and the vital resources OASIS provides to those survivors.