Who We Are

About Rush County Victims Assistance / Phoenix House  

RCVA/Phoenix House helps victims of abuse rebuild shattered lives and gain self-reliance by providing assistance with legal and mental health services, GED/college classes, parenting and job-related training, and child-related issues. We do this with compassion and a strong belief that there is hope and an opportunity for healing.  


RCVA began its services to Rush County in 2001, under the guidance of then county prosecutor Paul Barada, Jr.  A Board of Directors was formed who employed our first, full-time, professionally-trained Executive Director Barbara Kuhn in 2005.  


RCVA purchased a shelter in 2007. The Rush County United Fund generously paid the principal. Extensive renovation converted the building to serve our needs through the substantial funding from the City of Rushville Community Development Block Grant.  


Local donations and outstanding volunteer participation helped Phoenix House open our doors as a safe haven in 2010, and every day since. The name Phoenix House was chosen to emphasize the potential of rebirth from ashes. It can house up to ten clients, including a handicapped accessible bedroom.   


Crucial services are provided through our partnership with law enforcement, the school system, mental health agencies, hospital and nursing homes so that all the citizens of Rush County can build safe, productive lives.   


RCVA Officers and Directors  

Barbara Kuhn, Executive Director  

Patricia Coons  

Penny Busald, President                 

Christy Gosser  

Sherri Griffis, Treasurer  

Mescal Shelton  

Rita Emsweller, Secretary  

Dennis Simmons  

Jennifer Slutz Bullard  

Wayne Munson  

Sandy Ellis                                        Nancy Rice  


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