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As the WCA strives to empower its clients on their path to healing, we could not do it without assistance from the Susan P. Sherlock Scholarship Fund.

The Sherlock Fund, which has served WCA clients for 12 years, provides vocational training and scholarships for clients attending skills-based training with either Create Common Good or Usful Glassworks. Clients gain skills, and are awarded scholarships as they successfully complete each phase of the training program.

Clients become eligible to participate in one of the two programs through referral bytheir Case Manager. They have graduated from the Financial Literacy Course, and have completed the scholarship application. Each client is then interviewed by Bev La Chance, WCA Deputy Director.

“The program provides assistance to women who desire additional skills or vocational training in order to gain employment which will allow them to support themselves and their children,” said Amy Howard, Case Manager.

Create Common Good is a program focused on cultivating culinary skills guided by a professional chef. Usful Glassworks is also a job training program, teaching participants how to create new products out of used glass bottles. As clients successfully reach goals specific to each training program, they earn their stipends. This work experience enables clients to obtain the

tools and, the self-confidence they need as they head into the workforce. Many of the clients who have graduated from the Sherlock Training Scholarship program have since obtained employment, and some clients are hired for full-time employment before they even complete all phases.

“The individuals who have had the opportunity to participate through the Sherlock Scholarship gain confidence in their personal ability to excel in an environment where they are continually putting their skills to use,” Howard said. “I have also seen individuals strengthen their communication skills, and build positive work qualities.”

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Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Order your Denim Day Outreach Kit! Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially […]

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Apr 25

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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May 07

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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May 12

2024

Closets for A Cause & Mother’s Day Dinner with Chandlers

Visit Chandlers on Mother’s Day, May 12th, to support the WCA through their Closets For A Cause event! This clothing pop-up is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. and we know you will find something you love. Additionally, visit https://www.chandlersboise.com/ to reserve your spot for their Mother’s Day Prix Fixe dinner, with proceeds […]

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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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