Moving into the New Year with Hope
By Shayla DeVisser, WCA Residential Operations Manager
With the holiday season behind us we would like to take this time to reflect on the extremely generous and caring community we live in. For so many of our residents the holidays are a stressful time and this community steps up every year to ensure that the residents at the WCA are taken care of, this year was no exception.
During Thanksgiving we had a very kind donation from CenturyLink that meant so much to the resident and their children. They donated a 22-pound turkey with all the fixings.
Staff Spotlight: Meet Natalie
Natalie Hale Monro, Victim Advocate
What do you do in your job at the WCA?
I do one-on-one safety planning appointments, civil protection order assistance, and I specialize in safety planning with technology.
How long have you been with the WCA?
I have worked as a Victim Advocate for a year, and I worked as a Client Advocate for 6 months prior to that.
Corporate Pillar Spotlight
Norco has been a great supporter of the WCA as a Partner in Freedom Corporate Pillars sponsor. In addition to the corporate support, the employees of several local offices of the company have come together time and time again to generously support our shelter operations, our child care program and our clients through programs like the annual Giving Tree, Back to School and Christmas sponsorships.
Nurturing Parents Group
WCA Announces Nurturing Parent Group
Have you ever wished that your child would come with an owner’s manual? Childhood is an exciting time of exploration and wonder. It is also a time of learning how to form relationships. In order for children to learn how to create healthy relationships it is important for parents to understand how to teach empathy and respect. The Nurturing Parenting program is a great way to find help and support in teaching the next generation healthy family values.
Bank of America Grant
The Women’s and Children’s Alliance has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from the Bank of America Foundation. The funds will be used to maintain the viability of the WCA’s secure shelters, which are critical to the safety and well-being of victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.
Leaving an abusive relationship is often a high-risk decision.
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Sarah
Sarah Wolfe, Jesuit Volunteer Client Advocate
What do you do in your job at the WCA?
I am a Jesuit Volunteer (JV) serving at the WCA for one year as a Client Advocate. As a CA, I split my time at the Crisis Center, where I answer our Crisis Hotline and meet with community members interested in our services, and working at our 120-day residential shelter.
Before the First Date: Is There a Violent Past?
*DISCLAIMER: While we love the content of this article, we do want to point out that although this particular author uses gender specific pronouns, domestic abuse, violence, and sexual assault happens to both males and females and appears in all types of relationships*
Thanks to the Internet, you don’t have to be a private investigator to do a little sleuthing before a first date. Who hasn’t Googled the name of a potential suitor just to see what comes up? After all, a girl can never be too careful nowadays.
Concerts for Cause 2014
The 2014 Concert for Cause, benefiting the WCA and sponsored by 94.9 The River and The Knitting Factory, was phenomenal. In actuality, it was three Concerts for Cause; the fabulous band Spoon on December 9th, an acoustic concert by Scars on 45 on December 14th at Bodovino, and the great Billy Idol on the evening of December 14th.
Close to $40,000 was raised for the WCA from live and silent auctions, sales of raffle tickets, and a very special silent auction at The Record Exchange on December 8th.
|Supporting Our Clients This past holiday season was a true testimony to what an amazing community we live in! The amount of support that was offered to our clients was truly inspirational. One group we would like to say a special thank you to is The Journey– A Church for the Spiritually Curious. The Journey hosted a concert and Christmas light show with proceeds benefitting the WCA clients! Not only was the light show spectacular, but the performance by renowned singer Judy Pancoast was incredible. Thank you so much for your amazing and generous support!More…
By Tami Fisher, WCA Volunteer Coordinator
Thank you to all who volunteered in 2014! The WCA had over 1,500 volunteers give a little more than 11,000 hours of their time throughout last year. The WCA could not do all that we do in our community without the help of generous volunteers who give so freely of their time.
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)
- Diaper Genie bag refills
- Twin bedding sets (boys and girls themes)
- Hooded towels
Bea Black, Executive Director
Well – It’s January again! That means not only a new month, but also a new year. While we can always “start over” on any given day – it seems that there is more of a focus on this as we begin the new year. There is more talk about setting goals, about starting diets, beginning a new exercise regimen, making more time for family and friends – you name it, it is on somebody’s “list”!
Susan Kelley, Development Director
One in Four. You may have heard this before. One in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in her life. Here at the WCA we offer two on-site tours every month, and we also have a “tour in a box” that we take out into the community-to businesses, homes, churches-anywhere someone wants to spread the word about the WCA.
Bev La Chance, Deputy Director
The holiday season is over, yet I cannot help but reflect on a number of “special moments” that were truly representative of our caring and compassionate community. There was the young girl who celebrated her birthday by having her friends bring unwrapped toys to her party which she then donated to the children living in the WCA shelter.
A HUGE thank you to the volunteers and sponsors who helped with the Christmas Sponsorship program this December! Thirty-four individuals came in and gave a total of 203 hours of their time to help get the presents to the sponsored families. The WCA was able to sponsor 108 families because of the gifts of time and compassion!
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