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Taking Flight: December 2016

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December 2016

Holiday Stress Management and Self Care  
Written by Mary Haggerty
The holiday season is meant to be a time of family, friends, and good cheer. But sometimes these traditions leave us feeling less than jolly. The needs of our families, pressure at work, and the added costs associated with the holidays can leave us feeling like these are things we need to do, instead of feeling like things we get to do.
Without a mindful approach, the holiday season can easily overwhelm even the biggest Yuletide lovers. There is a wise saying, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.” 
During the season of giving back, make sure to pay attention to how you’re feeling as well. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. In fact it is the best way to assure you can care for others in a sustainable fashion.
That being said, I’ve collected some self-care tips that will hopefully help you refill your cup!


Volunteer Spotlight: Dahn Lyttle

 Written by Shayla DeVisser, WCA Residential Operations Manager

A generous donation from Dahn Lyttle, Child Care Volunteer, provided the residents at Serena’s House a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Dahn prepared and personally delivered turkey, mashed potatoes (kids favorite), peas, corn, rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie – yum!
Dahn is a dedicated Child Care Volunteer who has been consistently volunteering on Wednesday evenings for over five years. Dahn reached out to me and asked if he could prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinner to the residents in the shelter. Dahn stated that he wanted to take all the worry and work off of the residents, so he would cook and deliver the whole meal and the residents could just relax and enjoy their day.




What Compassion Accomplishes 

This holiday season we are seeking to shed light on the beauty of the giving spirit of Boise with our #WhatCompassionAccomplishes campaign. Being the recipient of the Giving Tree is an immense honor and privilege. We want to spread the joy that our caring community brings us, with you.


Donor Spotlight: Nettie’s Ladies’ Night
By Diana Burrell, Philanthropy Manager
One of the many wonderful surprises we had this season was Nettie’s Ladies’ Night benefiting the WCA.  This is the second year Nettie has held this party for our benefit.  We were invited to speak about the impact the WCA’s services have in our community and her dinner guests made donations. This year Nettie helped us raise $1,890! Thank you ladies!  These donations help cover the cost of 15 days of wrap-around services for one of our families in the transitional shelter.
Nettie and her friends are a shining example of the community giving back.



Corporate Pillar Spotlight: E. W. Scripps
By Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillars Manager
E.W. Scripps owns four FM stations including 94.9 the River, and KIVI/ABC affiliate Six On Your Side in the Boise area, and reaches 20% of American households with local television and radio stations in markets across the country. They are also a large supporter of the WCA.
Dan McColly, Operations Manager described their involvement, “94.9 the River has supported the incredible work done by the WCA since the early 2000’s, and over the past several years has designated then as the beneficiary of our signature ‘Concert for Cause’ event, now in its fifteenth year.


Supporting Our Clients
(Photo: Mary Kienzle/ KTVB)
Our community is constantly giving back and supporting our clients on their journey to safety, healing and freedom. We would like to highlight just a few special cases that have happened recently.

Our work is only possible through the support of our community. 

High Desert Chicks

Wish Lists


Our lists of needed items are updated as needed 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.
Baby Wipes
  • Crib Bedding
  • Gift cards (Home Depot, Walmart, Thriftway Lumber, Any $ amount)
  • Gift cards, $20 and up (i.e. Winco, Target, Shopko, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, etc.)
  • Gift cards, $20 and up for any gas station
  • Pillows
  • Potty Training Chairs – 6 needed (3 girl colors, 3 boy colors)
  • Seasonal Children’s Outfits, Boy’s and Girl’s, All Sizes
  • Silverware/Flatware sets – 10 needed
  • Underwear (boys, girls, & women’s) – 5 packages of all sizes
  • Ziploc Quart & Gallon sizes- 20 boxes of each

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The Bea Line


Bea Black,
Executive Director



The cold has finally arrived and with it the holiday lights, Christmas music on the radio and incessant advertising about all the gifts we should be buying. For those that are not in happy or healthy relationships, this is a very difficult time of year. The images of smiling families around the dinner table or the Christmas tree only serve to make them feel even more alone and outcast. It would appear that everyone else is enjoying the season and filled with happiness and good cheer.


From Bev’s Desk 

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director



Let me take you back a few years.  There was a time when a national telephone company used to come in to the WCA and  have our shelter children call Santa – who was on the other end, really – and tell Mr. Claus what they wanted for Christmas.  Several weeks later, at a Christmas party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the children would receive the gift that they asked for, as well as a book.  I shall never forget one young boy, probably around nine, who asked for a miner’s head light.




The Philanthropy Files

Diana Burrell, Philanthropy Manager 



December at the WCA exemplifies everything kind, compassionate and giving in our community. It’s a privilege to witness so many people giving back in so many different ways.
Giving Tree tags are flying off the tree at the Grove! While we were hanging the first round of tags at the Grove before Thanksgiving, two gentlemen who work at a nearby business stopped to inquire what we were doing. Once they learned that the gifts from the giving tree help sustain our families in the months to come, they took a few tags and told their co-workers about our work and our clients’ needs. This is how they give back.





Upcoming Events


December 17, 2016
10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
E.L. Evans Bank
External Event (Donation Drive), Open to the Public
The Linen Building
Saturday, December 17
7:30 p.m.



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