Back to School
The impact of exposure to abuse on children
The damage caused by exposure to domestic abuse in the home can be varied, but research tells us the impact on children can be extensive and long-lasting. In addition to the potential physical, behavioral, psychological, and cognitive ramifications, children who have been exposed to domestic violence often develop destructive beliefs about the use of violence and power in relationships.
Volunteer Spotlight: Lindsey Pontious-Brist
What do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?
I am an Ambassador Lead.
How long have you been a volunteer?
Almost a year (officially).
What do you find most rewarding about your work at the WCA?
The WCA has a lot of meaning to me and my family. Our family has been directly impacted by sexual and domestic abuse, so giving hope to those who are going through it, or have gone through it is so rewarding.
Supporting Our Clients
The WCA is so grateful for the continual support shown from our community. This month we would like to highlight Isaac Eldredge, the Rag Company, and FitMania for their generosity!
Isaac Eldredge of the Boy Scouts of America collected this amazing donation for WCA clients in July. For his service project, Isaac handed out WCA wishlists to customers walking into local Walmart stores and collected donations as they exited.
Lowe’s Heroes Renovate WCA
Employee volunteers offer time and skills to remodel the local WCA
Roughly 80 Lowe’s Heroes from the Treasure Valley volunteered their time and skills over the course of one week in July to assist in remodeling the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. The project consisted of remodeling what previously was used as a dormitory, transforming the rooms into office space. Also, the children’s therapy room was remodeled with new paint, flooring, and shelving for toys and other crafts storage.
Corporate Pillar Spotlight: Chandlers
Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers Prime Steaks and Fine Seafood, has been a tremendous supporter of the WCA’s work in the community. Rex is a veteran and award-winning restaurateur who previously worked in Hawaii, California and Sun Valley, Idaho. His downtown Boise restaurant offers fine-dining and live jazz music seven days a week.
Best of Boise 2015
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.
- 2015 & 2016 notebook-sized day planners
- Bath towels (10 needed)
- Coloring books (20 needed)
- Allergy medication (5 needed)
- Postage Stamps
- Vinyl & zippered pillow covers (20 needed)
- Vinyl & Zippered twin mattress covers (20 needed)
- Yoga mats (8 needed)
- Gift Cards, $20 and up (i.e. gas stations, Winco, Fred Meyer, etc.)
Bea Black, Executive Director
Back to School ALREADY? Where did the summer go?
It seems that summer just arrived and now the days are already getting shorter and the weather has cooled off. For our clients, WCA Back to School sponsors are making this challenging time a little more manageable.
Susan Kelley, Development Director
It’s Back to School Time Already! Are you a Champion? The stores are full of school supplies, which means the summer is almost over! So hard to believe. But there’s something new for students to add to their fall lists: the Student Champion program!
Bev La Chance, Deputy Director
What do kids need most? For sure, they need to feel loved and secure. When I was a kid, my security came from the consistency of my home and the absolute knowledge that my parents would provide for me. I knew that if I was hungry, there was food, that I had a bedroom that was warm and secure but, most of all, I knew I was safe from danger.