24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


Taking Flight: July 2015

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)


July 2015

Finding Freedom


Written by Jennifer Cochern, Clinical Services Manager

July 4th is the day that Americans celebrate Independence Day, the day that represents winning our freedom from England. July 4th reminds me of the struggle for freedom by our forefathers from a system that was oppressive and controlling. It also reminds me that not all Americans are free. Domestic abuse and sexual assault are forms of power and control over another person, a withholding of freedom. 



Survivor Story: If Only I Could Have Made Him Happy


Written by a WCA Ambassador

“If I could only make him happy…”  That was the phrase I would say over and over to myself every time I was left sitting on the bathroom floor, wracking my brain trying to figure out what I had done wrong and could change while crying so hard I would throw up, after one of my ex-husband’s “conversations” with me over something he felt I had done wrong.

It all started innocently enough.  We had a whirlwind, long-distance romance.  When I visited Idaho to help him move with me to Wisconsin, I noticed that there were holes in the wall of his bedroom and in his bedroom door.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Kellie

Kellie Roberts, WCA Client Advocate

What do you do in your job at the WCA?

I assist clients in navigating local resources and helping to assess their current needs. I advocate for victims and by extension their families, by providing a listening ear, validating what they have gone through, sharing valuable information, and in general being a supportive and friendly face as they work through what is often a very difficult journey.


Supporting Our Clients

The WCA is so grateful for the continual support shown from our community. This month we would like to thank Wells Fargo Bank, Sockeye Brewing Company, and Idaho Gives for their generous donations! 

After a fun and successful fundraiser, our friends at Sockeye Brewing generously donated over $700 to the WCA. Thank you Sockeye Brewing!

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Katherine Johnson

What do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?  

I volunteer as one of the chairs (working alongside two other amazing volunteers) of the Ambassador Program.  My role is more formally known as the Ambassador Trainer.

How long have you been a volunteer?

Just over 3 years.



Corporate Pillar Spotlight: Boise Weekly
One amazing aspect of the WCA Corporate Pillar program is being able to see the various ways different organizations support not only the WCA, but also the well being of the Boise community as a whole. The Boise Weekly (BW) is one organization continuously working to do just that. 


Upcoming Event: World’s Biggest Boot Camp

We are so excited and honored to announce that FitMania will be hosting the World’s Biggest Boot Camp to benefit the WCA for the second year in a row! Last year’s event brought over 350 participants and raised over $8,000 for our direct client services. We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this year!


Wish Lists


Our lists of needed items are updated monthly and always available on our website. New items from this list below can be dropped off at the WCA lobby at 720 W Washington St. M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Bath Towels
  • Children’s sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Hand Towels
  • Mattress covers (twin-sized vinyl zippered only)
  • Postage Stamps
  • Quart size Ziploc bags
  • Children’s and baby’s sun hats
  • Floss Picks
  • Gift Cards, $20 and up (i.e. Target, Shopko, WalMart, Fred Meyer, etc.)
In This Issue

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The Bea Line

Bea Black, Executive Director

Have you ever thought about what the term “financial freedom” means to you?  Does it mean having a certain dollar amount in your savings account?  Maybe it means being able to buy what you want when you find something you like?  Or maybe it means being able to make it from one paycheck to the other without having to decide which bill to put off for yet one more month.


Susan Says

Susan Kelley, Development Director

Does my gift really make a difference?  Where does the money go?”

These are questions you may ask yourself when you decide to make a donation to an organization.  When you give to the WCA, you can rest assured that your gift will go far toward supporting our programs.  We are very good stewards of ALL the wonderful donations we receive.



From Bev’s Desk

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

Economic abuse is a form of domestic violence. It is prominently positioned on the domestic violence power and control wheel which defines it as preventing her from getting or keeping a job, making her ask for money, giving her an allowance, taking her money, not letting her know about or have access to family income. 


Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!

Alive After Five


Every Wednesday in July


The Grove Plaza, 5pm-8pm

Click here for more information

World’s Biggest Boot Camp

July 23, 2015

Julia Davis Park, 7-8pm

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RADAR’s Hot August Knights

August 15, 2015

Victor’s Hogs and Horns, 3:30[m

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Sep 29


Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2023

Domestic Violence Awareness Month October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the WCA will be holding a joint press conference on September 29 at the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial at 10am. The WCA and other Domestic Violence service providers will be on site with information and awareness raising materials for our community members. Elected officials […]

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Oct 01


Sue B Stroll and 5K October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k  and  3k  Urban  stroll  for  Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 14th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 1st at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. You can sign up to participate here with 5K registration starting at $25. […]

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Oct 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt for EveryBODY! The 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Scavenger Hunt will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of […]

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Oct 18


Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 18, 2023 from 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Dec 14


Concert for Cause

Mark you calendars for 2023 Concert for Cause – December 14th Thursday, December 14th 94.9 The River is excited to present headlining artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Michigander and Arlie for their 2023 Concert for Cause benefitting the WCA! Join us at The Knitting Factory Concert House in Bodo for an evening of […]

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