24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


Taking Flight February 2015

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

February 2015

2015 PSA Contest Winners

We are very pleased to announce that the 2015 WCA Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest was a success! We were able to speak with over 100 students from junior high schools and high schools in the Boise area. After getting in front of these students and speaking about domestic abuse, teen dating abuse and the PSA Contest, we received 12 impressive entries from students as far reaching as Idaho Falls!


Donor Spotlight: Meet Sena

 How did you come up with your idea?

Well, I was thinking about how Christmas was coming up and how there are so many people who need help.  I realized that why should I be getting more gifts when there are still people who are struggling.  So I knew I had to do something to help.

My mother always sends out Christmas cards to her many friends.  After thinking for awhile that we should remind people to donate during Christmas time, we decided to take it a step further.

Corporate Pillar Spotlight

One of our marvelous Corporate Pillars is Lamar Advertising. This past October, Lamar created four special WCA messages and included these powerful words on digital billboards in the Boise area. We received great feedback on these words and we hope they inspired viewers to call for assistance with domestic violence issues and also get help for family members and friends in need.

When asked why Lamar supports the WCA Larry Alder, President of Lamar, says “In the Boise market area, where our inventory is limited and the demand from advertisers is high, we must be very selective in choosing the public service entities we support.”

Staff Spotlight: Meet Jolene

Jolene Sterling, Thrift Shop Manager

What do you do in your job at the WCA?

I manage the WCA thrift shop.

How long have you been with the WCA?

6.5 years

Where did you work prior to joining the WCA team?

I did home daycare for 14+ years



Supporting Our Clients: The AAUW


How does your organization support the clients of the WCA?

The Boise Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides holiday centerpieces made from live greens to families who receive holiday gift baskets from the WCA.


Upcoming Event: Evening at the Oscars


On Sunday evening February 22 The Women’s and Children’s Alliance will be the beneficiary of a very special event, “Evening at the Oscar” at the Village Cinema in Meridian. We are thrilled about this wonderful evening and we cordially invite you to join us.

We asked Ramona Merrill, Regional Marketing Manager at the Village at Meridian why they chose the WCA as the beneficiary of this marvelous event, she said, “The Village at Meridian, Journal Broadcasting and Village Cinema are proud to support the WCA with our Evening at the Oscars Event.”


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Cheryl


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

I volunteer in “The Shop” at the WCA– the best thrift shop in Boise! I assist in the merchandising, and organization of items in the shop along with receiving and processing donations from our generous donors. I also greet and assist customers… And I’m a personal shopper occasionally.

How long have you been a volunteer?

I’ve been a volunteer with the WCA for about a year now. This past December I had an opportunity to help with the Christmas Project for one day a week along with the two days a week in “The Shop.”


Guest Blog Post: Changing Laws, Changing Culture


Written by Peter Wong, Appeared in the Portland Tribune on February 10, 2015

 Danielle Tudor and Brenda Tracy, unlike many of the people who will walk the halls of the Capitol this year, say they want nothing for themselves.

They actually just met a few weeks ago. But they have a few things in common.

They are survivors of rape – Tudor in 1979, Tracy in 1998 – who took years to go public with their stories. Tudor did so in 2008 – although she acknowledges that she described it then as an attack, not rape – and Tracy just did so in November.


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

With the NFL and Ray Rice saga this past season, domestic violence has been a common topic in the news, and many conversations are taking place in families, at work and on many different playing fields.

For many years, advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence have argued that these types of abuse are glorified and the impacts minimized in music, television and movies.



Susan Says

Susan Kelley, Development Director

We are so fortunate to have individuals in the community who do fundraisers to benefit the WCA. Many times these are children who have collected new items for the shelter, or who have asked for donations for us instead of birthday presents. It’s wonderful when young people learn from an early age to think of helping others.  This week, I’m sharing a Fundraiser Profile of a high school student who had a great idea, and how she raised funds for us over the holidays.  Her name is Sena Stillman.

From Bev’s Desk

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

The Smart Women, Smart Money conference will be held Friday, February 13th, at Boise Centre. It’s a free all-day event that will provide information and motivation about how to manage your money in a smart way. Once again, during the lunch awards ceremony, individuals who participated in and graduated from (twenty this year) , the WCA’s financial literacy program will be introduced and honored for their achievement


Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!

Evening at the Oscars

February 22, 2015

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TWIN Awards Luncheon


April 2, 2014


Boise Centre, 11:30-1:30pm


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