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Taking Flight: September 2015

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


September 2015
Changing Perspectives, Asking the Right Questions

Why does he or she stay? 

Most men and women who have not experienced abuse by an intimate partner often proclaim that if their partner ever abused them they would not put up with it and they would make the choice to end the relationship and leave. Furthermore, many of these same people will express confusion and even frustration as to why others in abusive situations don’t just leave. A common question we hear from friends and family members of victims of domestic violence is “Why doesn’t he/she leave? Why do they stay?” 

Volunteer Spotlight: Sunday Cross 
What do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?

I volunteer between two and four hours a week at the front desk helping out the admin team.  I have been helping on the admin team since fall of 2014.  I really enjoy getting to know everyone in the office.  It’s a great place to spend time and learn a lot about the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
I also help out on special volunteer opportunities, such as the Christmas Sponsorship. I have also been a WCA Ambassador since December 2014, and I was able to participate as a table host at our last Hope Breakfast.
WCA Annual Clothesline Project
We are currently preparing for our annual Clothesline Project. Every year during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we ask local businesses to hang t-shirts that have been decorated by individuals affected by domestic violence. Each year new shirts are painted by our shelter residents, counseling clients, and support group participants.  

Supporting Our Clients 

The WCA is so grateful for the continual support shown from our community. This month we would like to highlight PacificSource Health Plans, RADAR, Paul Mitchell School of Boise, and Guru Donuts, Boise Fry Company, Press & Pony, and Payette Brewing for their generosity!
We are so grateful to PacificSource Health Plans’ employees for selecting the WCA as their charity of choice!

Corporate Pillar Spotlight: Damsel in Defense
We are very grateful for the Corporate Pillars support of Damsel In Defense. The company was co-founded by two moms, Mindy Lin and Bethany Hughes, who were looking for an opportunity to provide for their families while helping others. They recently celebrated the opening of a brand new Damsel In Defense Home Office in West Boise.
The company currently has over 10,000 Independent Damsel Pros nationwide who are spreading the mission to keep women safe across the country.


Donor Spotlight: Barber Valley Ward 
Interview with Heidi Wolfe

Tell me about your donation

The Barber Valley Ward donates 6 gallons of milk a week and it goes directly to the residents that live in the shelter and the Childcare Program. A few months ago when our Childcare standards changed to have only whole and skim milk the Barber Valley Ward did not hesitate to meet that need for the children that reside at the shelter.

Back to School 2015
 We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2015 Back to School Sponsorship! This year, with the help of the incredibly generous individuals and organizations in our community, the WCA was able to sponsor over 90 elementary, junior high, and high school students! We are so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful and giving city!

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.

  • 2015 & 2016 notebook-sized day planners
  • Allergy medication (5 needed)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bath towels (10 needed)
  • Diapers size six (10 boxes needed)
  • Gift Cards, $20 and up (i.e. gas stations, Winco, Fred Meyer, etc.)
  • Postage Stamps (4 books needed)
  • Vinyl & zippered pillow covers (20 needed)
  • Vinyl & zippered twin mattress covers (20 needed)
  • Yoga mats (3 needed)
In This Issue
Quick Links
The Bea Line
Bea Black, Executive Director
It always seems that the change of season comes on so suddenly.  Summer finally gets here and then it is gone and it begins to feel like fall.  Temperatures begin to change – and along with the temperature change so does our perspective.  While 70 degrees in the summer seems cool, once we hit the fall it seems warm!  


Susan Says
Susan Kelley, Development Director
It’s been “Baby Central” at the shelter lately!  While staying at Serena’s House, six moms have had new babies in the last three months, which is a record in recent memory.  What’s especially exciting is that several of these moms and their children (including the newest arrival) will soon be moving to a new home of their own. 
From Bev’s Desk
Bev La Chance, Deputy Director
She was a gentle woman.  Long suffering, she was raised to stand firm to her commitments.  Yet, twenty years of domestic violence had begun to take its toll.  She had three sons and they had heard – seen – and felt the violence in their home.  Spurred by a particularly violent incident, and a window of escape, she and her boys sought safe refuge at the WCA.  Gripped by fear, she didn’t leave the shelter for a month and, when she did, it was with great trepidation.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar!
Power of One Breakfast
Honoring First Responders
September 16, 2015
St. Alphonsus Hospital, 7:30am
Charity Softball Game
September 19, 2015
Mountain Cove Softball Field
HOGS Charity Ride
September 26, 2015
High Desert Harley-Davidson, KSU at 12:30pm


Financial Literacy Community Event
Our financial literacy educators will be hosting a community event on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 12:00 – 3:00 at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Find out more by visiting our website.
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May 23


WCA Virtual Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Sep 03


2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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