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CEO Update 12.17.2020

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In this Time of Uncertainty, There is Light

Hanukkah began last week, Christmas and Kwanzaa celebrations begin next week. Regardless of which holiday you celebrate—or if you even celebrate a holiday during this last month of the calendar year—I hope that you will take time to reflect on all that has transpired during 2020 and that you are able to find things to celebrate.
I could not have anticipated a year of more change or uncertainty. We have all become used to the natural disasters that seem to be part of every year—the fires and the snowstorms—but to have to face and adjust to a worldwide pandemic was not on my radar. As we entered the month of March and began to realize the seriousness of the pandemic that was affecting our world and how the recommended lockdown was affecting our community, the WCA began to put out the message that home is not safe for everyone.

For those who have had a safe home—a sanctuary—during these troubling times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, a vaccine. For those brave enough to come to the WCA seeking safety, assistance, and perhaps a sanctuary of their own, they will find there can also be a light at the end of the tunnel from the fear, trauma, and abuse they have been experiencing in their world.

Keeping our doors open, being here for those who need us is a reality thanks to the support of our community, which makes our work possible. Your help in getting our message out, in sharing our hotline phone number, in distributing our social media posts, with providing financial and in-kind donations—all of this is helping us make a difference and provide that light. Your continued support, in so many ways, is one of the things I both cherish and celebrate during this season.

During these special holiday times—I wish you the comfort and joy that comes from reflecting on everything you have to be grateful for—even if your gatherings are not as large and do not include all your family members due to health concerns.

With Gratitude,

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May 23

2024

WCA Virtual Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Sep 03

2024

2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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Oct 06

2024

Sue B Stroll and 5K October 6, 2024

Join us for the 15th annual SueB 5k  for Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 15th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 6, 2024 at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. Registration opens June 5! This event has always been about outreach and honoring the […]

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