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Thoughts on Courage and Independence

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As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I wish for you and your family and friends a safe and healthy 4th of July. I also wish for you a time of quiet reflection on what this holiday means to you.

When I think of the sacrifices made, the sheer courage and commitment it took by so many brave men, women and children–and the lives lost in order for the colonies to gain their independence, I can’t help but also reflect on the Declaration of Independence.

The concepts introduced in the Declaration were so radical for the times . .  yet still so very relevant today: all are created equal, that all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit happiness, people have rights that cannot be taken away and that Individuals have a civic duty to defend these rights for themselves and others. The United States Declaration of Independence continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality.

My wish on this particular celebration of the birth of our nation is that we all commit to doing everything we can every day, both personally and professionally, to live up to these ideals.

I am continually humbled when I witness the incredible courage of those we serve. Often, when they come through our doors seeking help, freedom and independence seem unattainable. As they utilize our tools and services, they begin to regain a sense of freedom and independence, giving them hope while on their journey to a life free from abuse.

Through the WCA’s case management, our clients are connected with life skills, job training programs, housing assistance, financial empowerment and other programming vital to finding a life free from abuse. Learning personal advocacy skills and regaining a sense of self can be the most freeing to someone who has been in an abusive relationship.

I am humbled by the individuals we serve and am grateful for the work I am privileged to do because of the freedoms I am allowed.

Thank you for helping make it all possible.

-Bea Black

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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