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Taking Flight: September 2014

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

September 2014


Corporate Pillar Spotlight: Celebrating Community Partnerships

by Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillar Manager

 It’s a beautiful accomplishment when one of our Corporate Pillars combines resources, imagination and effort with some of their vendors and business associates to help the WCA. This happened on August 22nd, when ESI led the effort to improve the safety of the playground area at our secure shelter,
Serena’s House.

The walkway to the play area as well as some of the ground inside was made of pavers that had become uneven and was showing signs of wear. WCA staff expressed concern about the situation. Fast forward to today, now there is a new walkway allowing the kids to safely move from the indoor childcare area to the outside playground.


FitMania World
 by Lisa Uhlmann, WCA Corporate Pillars Manager

 The FitMania World’s Biggest Boot Camp on August 16th at Julia Davis was phenomenal! Over 300 participants enjoyed going through an absolutely fun group workout, while also benefitting the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This fabulous morning was created by the FitMania team.


Domestic Violence in the News
by Madeline D’Onfro, WCA Outreach Coordinator

The reality of domestic violence hit especially close to home for residents of Canyon and Ada Counties this month. The homicide of Nampa resident, Selena Thomas, by her fiance, was not only a tragedy but a wake-up call for many as to the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities.


WCA Gears Up for the Clothesline Project

 Since 1998, the WCA has organized a local display of the Clothesline Project for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The project began in 1990 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, to give a voice to victims and survivors of domestic violence and create a powerful public display of what is too often considered a private matter.
Each year, we invite participants in our RAP group for survivors of domestic abuse and their children to paint t-shirts portraying their experiences with violence, victimization, and healing, as an exercise in art therapy. With the painters’ permission, the WCA delivers clotheslines of these shirts to hang in businesses and organizations around Boise to raise awareness of the lasting impacts of domestic abuse in our community.


The Power of a Voice
by Madeline D’Onfro, WCA Outreach Coordinator

Danielle Tudor is a woman who understands the power that one voice can have. A victim of sexual assault, she has used her story and her voice to help keep her offender behind bars. She has also used her voice to raise awareness of sexual assault for victims everywhere. The staff at the WCA recently had the opportunity to hear Danielle speak. Danielle courageously told us about her experiences, explaining that while she now speaks publicly about her past, there were many years in which she held her story in.


Staff Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth
Elizabeth Hoene,  Administrative Specialist 

What do you do in your job at the WCA?

I provide administrative support at the front desk. As people call or come in, whether to seek information, come to an appointment with a case manager or counselor, or bring in a donation we are the first point of contact. I also process the daily monetary transactions, provide the controller with a daily report and process all the gift-in-kind donations.

How long have you been with the WCA?

Since January of 2012.


Supporting WCA Clients: August Evolution & Bigelow Teas


On August 30, many talented artists and guests gathered at the Powerhouse Event Center for August Evolution. Organized by Mrs. Garden City – Virginia Treat, part of all proceeds were generously donated to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance
Mrs. Garden City, Virginia Treat, presenting $1,100 donation to the WCA’s Bea Black


Safety, Healing, and Freedom…


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Pam

 Pam Johnson, WCA Volunteer

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

I’ve found that the most rewarding aspect of my work at the WCA is seeing the smiles and appreciation from people receiving the Christmas and Back to School items. I have been being involved with the Christmas Sponsorship as both a sponsor and a volunteer– helping to retag, organize and hand out the gift to families.

NFL in the News
The past two weeks have been busy ones for the NFL, as stories surrounding their recent policy changes have filled news outlets. This has only increased since the latest story around the Ravens’ Ray Rice unfolded in the past two days. Here at the WCA we would first like to commend Commissioner Goodall’s address to all of our organizational leaders. We appreciate his position on domestic violence and sexual assault and are pleased to see that these acts of violence have finally risen to merit the level of punishment a player might receive for behaving badly on the field – or being disrespectful to an umpire! Domestic violence and sexual assault are very serious issues and we believe that change is possible especially through education, sanctions, and policy change like what we have seen within the NFL.


HOGS: Let’s Ride

 On Saturday, September 13th, The Ladies of Harley – Hawley Owners group will be sponsoring a special ride to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. The ride, sponsored by High Desert Harley Davidson, will start at the High Desert Harley-Davidson store, 2310 E. Cinema Drive in Meridian



Announcement: Vote for WCA on Facebook

 Vote for the WCA to be selected as Kendall Ford’s partner for the Boise State basketball season. You can vote once each day through September 12. Share with your friends!


Like the Kendall Ford page
and vote!

Survivor’s Story

Brenda, a volunteer at the WCA, spoke to KBOI2 News on Tuesday, August 19th about her personal story as a survivor of domestic abuse. Brenda hopes that by speaking up about her experiences she may be able to help others’ get out of their own abusive relationships. With the help of FACES Family Justice Center and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, Brenda was able to escape a violent situation and find peace for herself and her children. Watch the full clip on KBOI2’s website here.

20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

“We’re not going to succeed until America embraces the idea that no man has a right to raise his hand to a woman except for in self-defense… That no means no, whether it’s in the bedroom or in the back of a car. Rape is rape,” Biden said during a commemorative event at the National Archives. “Until we reach that point we’re not going to succeed.”

To read more, click here.

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
  • High chairs
In This Issue

Quick Links

Bea Line

Bea Black, Executive Director

 Last week I had the opportunity to hear from a woman who suffered a horrific rape at the young age of 17. Not only was she raped, she was raped in her home by a complete stranger. As she bravely shared her story, what really gave me pause was what she shared with respect to the parole process.

Susan Says

Susan Kelley, Development Director
Is your beloved vehicle ready for retirement?

Support the Women’s and Children’s Alliance with a tax-deductible vehicle donation to the Idaho Youth Ranch! The WCA is working in partnership with the Idaho Youth Ranch to share donations of vehicles (car, truck, motorcycle, RV, boat, golf cart, plane or other vehicle).


From Bev’s Desk

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

It’s that time of the year again, schools are welcoming children back to class and kids are reconnecting with old buddies and making new friends. For those children coming from homes where domestic violence occurs there may be difficulties in school that range from problems with concentration to poor academic performance and difficulty with peer interaction.


Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!

 Ladies of Harley Motorcycle Rally


Saturday, September 13th


Registration: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

   Kickstands Up!: 12:30 p.m.  

Route: Black Canyon Loop

 Register Here

SueB Memorial Walk/Run

Sunday, October 5th  

Benefitting the WCA Endowment Fund

Click here for more information. 

Clothesline Project at BSU

October 7th and 8th from 10-2pm 


Outreach fair on BSU Student Union Patio and t-shirt painting in BSU Women’s Center


Click here for more information.



1st Annual Ride Against Domestic Abuse and Rape

Saturday, October 11th

12 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Chris Carpenter Real Estate Community Focus



For the full month of September CCRE will be collecting needed winter materials for the WCA!

Click here for more information. 

Volunteer Announcement

The WCA is in need of child care volunteers for Monday and Wednesday mornings each week. If you love working with kids and have a heart for what we do in our community, this could be for you!


We will also be looking for volunteers to help with Christmas events in November and December.


For more information on either of these opportunities please contact Tami at [email protected]

Thank you to the 2014 SueB Memorial Run/Walk Sponsors!



Cold Chain



Northwest Bank

Ada County Paramedics Association

Idaho Independent Bank

Frank & Marjory Sente

Idaho Emergency Physicians



Pacific Source

D.A. Davidson & Co.

Eide Bailly

Givens Pursley LLP

Hawley Troxell

Richter Stuart & Todeshi P.A.

Sterling Landscape

Stoel Rives LLP

Wells Fargo

Darrel and Lori Anderson

Dr. Mike and Lisa Curtin

Dr. Bill and Cindy Lindner



Drs. Kevin Shea & Lonnie Shumsky

Nancy and John Werdel

Sandra Andersen

John Michael Schert

Suzanne and Pat Knibbe





Blue Circle Sports

Idaho Sheriff’s Association

Max Giving

Shu’s Idaho Running Company

We would like to thank the following companies for their support:



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