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Taking Flight: November 2016

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November 2016

The Health Benefits of Gratitude 
Written by Mary Haggerty

Being grateful is generally agreed upon as a positive state.  It is a virtue in most major religions, and considered good manners show appreciation in many cultures. And now, science is backing up these social norms. It isn’t just a nice thing to do for others, gratitude actually benefits us immensely. Studies are showing that there are many health benefits, emotionally and physically.

According to Amy Morin in Psychology Today, gratitude opens the door to more relationships, improves physical health, improves psychological health, enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Gratitude helps us sleep better, have more self- esteem and increases mental strength. There doesn’t seem to be much gratitude can’t do.However, it isn’t always easy to be grateful for our situations. There are many trying times in life where gratefulness doesn’t happen organically. The good news is there are ways to increase our levels of gratitude, and therefore health, and they are pretty simple.




Staff Spotlight: Robin Jenkins 


What is your full name?

Robin Lynn Jenkins

What is your preferred name?


What is your job title at the WCA?

Accounting Associate

What do you do in your job at the WCA?

Accounts payable, payroll, various accounting tasks, Investment and Finance Committee correspondence and note taking for all meetings, and accounts receivable tracking.

How long have you been with the WCA?

I have been at the WCA for 4 months.



Volunteer Spotlight: Our Volunteer Lawyers!


We have an amazing group of lawyers that volunteer with our Court Advocacy program. The legal system is a tough one to navigate, and we really appreciate the wonderful gift they offer to our clients. This month we were able to continue our interviews and we cannot thank them all enough. Check out the interviews in the links below and get to know more of our volunteer lawyers!


Donor Spotlight: Jim and Patti Stevenson 


We have so much to be thankful for!  There are many wonderful donors and supporters of the WCA who make a huge difference in the lives of our clients, and we are grateful for every one of them.
Jim and Patti Stevenson are shining examples of generous and giving hearts.
They joined the Hope Society in 2012, and have made a long-term commitment to continue with this sustainable funding of our operations.
They contributed to the Capital Campaign to build the new shelter for our clients needing additional time to transition into new lives.
They attend WCA events to show their support, and sometimes bring their two “boys”! We all love the boys!




Event Report: Witches Night Out


By Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillars Manager

The WCA’s newest Corporate Pillar CenterCal Properties, owner of The Village at Meridian, and its fabulous merchants sponsored the third annual Witches Night Out on October 19 during which over $12,000 was raised to benefit the WCA’s direct client services.


Over 800 participants  attended, many elaborately attired as witches participated in the festivities, which included live music by the The Retreads, hosted by Kevin Murphy and Melissa Dawn from  K-Hits and Hannah’s Rocci Johnson and was sponsored by Peterson BMW. Everyone had such an awesome time!

“The Village at Meridian is so proud to be supporters of the WCA and the incredible work they do to serve women and children in need in The Treasure Valley.  We recognize that there are few offices or classrooms that have not been touched in one way or another by victims of domestic violence.  We want to be good neighbors and community partners and find a way to show our heart to those in need, and the WCA is our partner in this endeavor.” said  Ramona Merrill, VP Marketing – Intermountain Region for The Village at Meridian, Centercal Properties, LLC.





Supporting Our Clients


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 from the month of October.

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

Kendall Ford of Meridian

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.
  • Children’s cough& cold medicine-10 needed
  • 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
  • Potty Training Chairs – 6 needed (3 girl colors, 3 boy colors)
  • Pregnancy tests -10 needed
  • 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
  • Winter Coats in the follwing sizes: Women’s Small, Boys 3T, Boys 5-6, Girls 12-18-month, Girls 18-month (new preferred)

Quick Links

Just Released!

The Bea Line


Bea Black,
Executive Director



With Thanksgiving just around the corner I always find myself being particularly grateful for all that I have.  I am grateful to be living in a comfortable and warm home, that I can afford to eat well every day and that I don’t have to be on the alert for flood, tsunami, earthquake or hurricane warnings!  However, I am mostly grateful for the people in my life that I love and who love me back.



From Bev’s Desk 

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

A shout out to both the Allstate Foundation and Verizon Wireless for their recent grant support of the WCA’s financial literacy program.  The program was established in 2010 and was originally a collaborative of six area agencies serving victims of domestic violence.


The Philanthropy Files

Diana Burrell, Philanthropy Manager 



Ahhhh, I love this time of year! The warmth of the red and gold leaves balances the slight chill in the air. Life’s pace seems to slow down just a touch following a busy summer and before the hustle and bustle of December is upon us. And then there’s Thanksgiving – my favorite holiday.



Upcoming Events
Garden City Health Service Event
Outreach Event, Open to the Public
November 10, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Garden City Library
BSU Health Fair
Outreach Tabling Event, Open to the Public
November 16, 2016
BSU SUB/Jordan Ballroom
WCA Night at the Steelheads Hockey Game
Fundraiser Open to the Public, Tickets Available for Purchase
November 30, 2016

Steelheads v. Aces

User: Idaho
Pass: Steelheads



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