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Where has the year gone?  I seem to ask myself that every November!  Once we celebrate Halloween it seems the year accelerates and the next thing you know we are eating turkey and decorating for the holidays.  For many reasons I am not sad to see this year end.  It has been a difficult year for me personally, having lost several people who I love and have been important in my life.  In some ways, with time, the pain has become even more intense and the tears of grief still come readily at the strangest times.  It has given me a greater insight into how  difficult it is for our clients as they work through their pain and all their traumatic experiences in order to heal and move forward.  It has also given me greater insight into the term I have heard many times since I started working here – namely “trigger”.  I don’t think I ever really understood that until I found myself all of a sudden reduced to tears because of something that reminded me of one of the loved ones lost.  Not something I could avoid since you can’t really anticipate when it will happen!  While this is a trigger brought on by the sudden reminder of a loved one lost, I imagine the physiology of a trigger that invokes a painful and hurtful memory works in much the same way.  It can affect our clients in seemingly random ways, making them appear irrational and unpredictable.  Much as the grief process takes time, so does healing from deep and hurtful emotional pain.  Just as we must be patient with ourselves, we must also be understanding and supportive of others in order to help support them through their healing process.  In particular, during the upcoming holiday season, it is good to remember that not everyone is able to enjoy the perfect family celebration that we see portrayed everywhere.  That can lead to heightened tension and emotions.  Remember to take care of yourselves and others by slowing down this winter and really being aware and present in all your relationships.   Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and hoping that you can celebrate the things that you are grateful for with a joyful heart.

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Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Order your Denim Day Outreach Kit! Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially […]

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Apr 25

2024

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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May 07

2024

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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May 12

2024

Closets for Cause & Mother’s Day Dinner with Chandlers

Visit Chandlers on Mother’s Day, May 12th, to support the WCA through their Closets For A Cause event! This clothing pop-up is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. and we know you will find something you love. Additionally, visit https://www.chandlersboise.com/ to reserve your spot for their Mother’s Day Prix Fixe dinner, with proceeds […]

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May 23

2024

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

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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