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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.

While I always try to live with an attitude of gratitude, Thanksgiving for me is a time to more consciously and actively express appreciation for all of life’s gifts. The big and the small. Sometimes I am grateful for something extremely practical like Watson (our black Lab) not eating the lunch I accidentally left on the kitchen counter! Sometimes, I am grateful for the salmon hues in the sunrise or the smile of a stranger I passed on the street. Every day I am grateful to live in such a giving and compassionate community.

I’ve seen that compassion and generosity from several young people in the last few weeks. Eagle Scouts, with the help of their neighbors, brought in three carloads of supplies for our shelter and books for our kids. An eight year-old boy used all of his birthday money to buy socks and underwear for other little boys – boys he doesn’t know – who live in our shelter. I’ve also seen some of our most philanthropic donors increase their giving and volunteering because they know how important our vision of fostering a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships is for all of us.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -William Arthur Ward

Please take some time this month to express what you are grateful for. A sunrise, a smile, a safe and healthy relationship, a compassionate community…

I’m grateful for you!

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EVENTS

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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