24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


Taking Flight December 2014

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

December 2014



As the year draws to close, we reflect upon the amazingly generous community members who have given their passion, their talent, their time and their financial support to the WCA in the past year. Your support of those who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual assault is appreciated more than words can express. And for those who have added their voice and started invaluable conversations about “NoMore” abuse in our community – we commend you and ask you to keep doing the amazing work you are doing. Together we can break the cycle of abuse in our community!



Amazon Smile

Smile!  It’s the Giving Season!  Shopping on Amazon Smile will help the WCA!

Now that we’ve all survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it’s time for most of us to start seriously thinking about getting those special presents to go under the tree.  If you’re going to be ordering gifts or holiday decorations online, think about going through Amazon Smile.  By choosing Amazon Smile instead of Amazon or another website, a portion of your purchase will benefit the WCA.  It’s easy!

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Suzanne
Suzanne Sharrock

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

I work in childcare at Serena’s House and at the downtown location.

How long have you been a volunteer?

A little over one month.

What do you find most rewarding about your work at the WCA?

Being able to do something I really enjoy for those who really can use my help. Caring for little children just gives me a warm glow and they are all so dear– each one is unique.


Lights, Camera, Action!
The Women’s and Children’s Alliance has an exciting opportunity for junior high school, high school, and college students! The WCA is hosting a Public Service Announcement Contest for any student to enter. The focus of the contest is to encourage peer education about the topics of domestic abuse, teen dating abuse, and healthy relationships. We are asking students to submit 29-second PSA videos about any of these topics by January 30, 2015. The winners of the contest will not only receive a cash prize, but will also have their videos shown by the WCA during all of our high school presentations.
No Shave November: Student Support
By Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillar Manager
The December 3rd No Shave November fundraising event in Boise State University’s Jordan Ballroom was superb, raising close to $3,000 for the WCA. This extraordinary event was sponsored by Boise State University’s Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity with the help of the Paul Mitchell School.

Giving Tree 2014 This giant tree is one big wish list from our clients. Presented by Zions Bank, the Giving Tree at the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise provides a festive holiday treat each year. More than 2,500 tags adorn a giant tree, each containing a specific need or want from one of the thousands of clients the WCA serves throughout the year. Everything from toys and clothes to household items are listed on the tags. The donations from the Giving Tree help our clients not only during this time of year, but throughout the entire year to come. Visit the Giving Tree this holiday season! Contact Tami at [email protected] or 208.343.3688 ext. 41 for more information.More…
Donor Spotlight: Meet Gracie

This month, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance received an especially heart-warming donation. Nine-year-old Gracie Swope came by with her mother and grandmother to deliver an amazing donation of brand new toys for the children in our shelter. Gracie gathered all these amazing toys in a very special way. For her 9th birthday party she requested that all her guests bring presents for the children at the WCA, rather than for herself.


Abusive Red Flags Everyone Should Know

From DomesticShelters.org

One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Every day, three women in this country are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.[1]

Avoid becoming a statistic by being smart and recognizing the warning signs of an abusive relationship before it can even begin.


Nagel Foundation

 Nagel Foundation Supports Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims


The Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) has been awarded a grant of $30,000 from the John F. Nagel Foundation. The funds will be used to maintain the WCA’s emergency and transitional shelter programs for 15 families for a two-month period.

In the past 12 months, the WCA has provided 9,568 safe bed nights to 169 women and children. This means they were able to sleep without fear – something most people take for granted.

“The WCA is honored to receive this grant from the John F. Nagel Foundation,” said Bea Black, WCA Executive Director. “It underscores their commitment to ensure that critical shelter services are available to those escaping domestic and/or sexual violence.”


Staff Spotlight: Meet Emily

Emily Fascilla, Donor Support Specialist

What do you do in your job at the WCA?

I get to interact with our fabulous community of generous donors, organize awareness and fundraising events, and ensure that we can continue to provide our services at no charge to our clients.

How long have you been with the WCA?

This month is my one year anniversary! I did it!


Supporting Our Clients The amazing community support we receive at the WCA is always so inspiring and heart-warming. With the holidays approaching, the amount of donations supporting our clients has been especially amazing. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the amazing individuals and groups that have shown their generosity and support. It is through efforts like these, that we together we can end domestic abuse in our community. Here are just a few of the many groups that supported our clients this month:

Backstage Pirates


Girl Scout Service Unit 62

Two Men and a Truck

Walla Walla Clothing Co.



Corporate Pillar Holiday Sponsorship

 By Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillar Manager

 Our Corporate Pillars, businesses that support us financially and in kind, are of utmost importance to the WCA’s work in the community. Without this special support we would not be able to do the work we do with. Corporate Pillars help us meet many of our client’s essential needs by providing security, housing and daily items for our shelter residents and also with our individual and group counseling sessions. 



Avenues of Hope Housing ChallengeDomestic violence is one of the major factors contributing to homelessness. In fact, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 63 percent of homeless women have experienced domestic violence. While all homeless individuals experience different obstacles to finding housing, families tend to stay in shelters, temporary and transitional housing longer than single individuals.

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.

  • Non-perishable/non-expired food items
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Compact florescent light bulbs (60 w)
  • Mattress covers (twin-sized vinyl zippered only)
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Genie bag refills
  • Bibs
  • Twin bedding sets (boys and girls themes)
  • Hooded towels
In This Issue
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The Bea Line
Bea Black, Executive Director

2014 has been quite a year.  As it comes to a close I am once again humbled and inspired as I think back on all that has taken place and the number of individuals whose lives have been changed by their involvement with this wonderful organization.  Many individuals have received services (in many instances these have been lifesaving services) and even more individuals have helped us to provide those services.


Susan Says
Susan Kelley, Development Director

There’s exciting news about the WCA’s Ambassador Program!

We have recently awarded Ambassador pins to 5 new Ambassadors:  Julie DeLorenzo of Keller Williams, Chris Bower of Boise State University, Dawn Coder of Idaho Power, and-a first!-the mother-daughter team of Sara Parker and Trinity Hobdey!


From Bev’s Desk

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

A client’s letter of thanks during this season of Thanksgiving

“I wanted to say thank you for being able to accept me into this program.  When I first came I could say I needed so much help in talking, coping with all that had happened in my past.  The counseling has helped me with talking about my emotions and all the times that were bad that you choose to leave out or try to forget.  Slowly but surely, the wounds are healing.  



Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!


Concerts for a Cause: Billy Idol

Sunday, December 14, 2014


8-11pm, Knitting Factory


 This show is SOLD OUT

 Christmas Concert with Judy Pancoast 


Sunday, December 14, 2014
7-9pm, The Journey Church



Bardenay Charity Night

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bardenay Downtown Boise

Click here for more information

Mai Thai Local Impact Zone Night


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Mai Thai Downtown Boise


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