24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025

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24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

CEO Update 9.2

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

Shoe Card Ada County CourthouseWhat does safety mean to me?

This is a question that has been on my mind for the past few days. It is one of the questions we asked the 48 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) honorees and listening to their answers caused me to pause and reflect on my life, my work, and those in our community for whom we show up in every way we can, each day at the WCA.

For our clients, safety is most often a basic, primary need. It literally can be about life and death. We had 11 emergency intakes into our secure domestic violence shelter in a 14-week period following the stay-at-home orders. (Currently, we have twenty women and 39 children living in our shelters.) Last year, we averaged one emergency intake per quarter! But safety can also just mean knowing you are safe from any kind of verbal or emotional abuse. Safety can even just mean peace of mind.

For some of us, safety very rarely crosses our minds. We go about our daily lives and don’t give much thought to our personal safety—feeling secure in our homes and relationships. I encourage you to reflect on what safety means to you and to cherish the absence of fear in your life. Here at the WCA, we have seen an increased demand for our services since the start of stay at home orders in mid-March. Gratefully we have not seen a disruption in service delivery. Where needed we have pivoted to provide virtual services using Zoom and have worked hard to get the message out that we are here to help. Last month alone there were 197 civil protection orders filed in Ada County—and our Court Advocates are here to help with those as well as the resulting 14-day hearings.

What does this mean to you?

For the many more we know are still out there, we will continue to be diligent in our commitment to our mission and we will be here when you are ready.

If you are worried about someone, you can call the WCA’s 24-hour hotline for information and resources at 208-343-7024 or click here for some helpful information.

Thank you for all you do.

Gratefully,

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Oct 29

2021

Healing Begins with Hope 10.29.21 at 12:00 p.m.

Please join us virtually for 1 of 3 showings of this year’s Healing Begins with Hope program. Be the Hope in our community today! As the WCA celebrates 111 years of changing lives, please join us for this year’s virtual Healing Begins with Hope Event! Join us to learn more about our work to meet […]

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Oct 29

2021

Be the Hope | 24 Ways

24 Ways Join us and Be the Hope in our community; every little piece of hope makes a difference and we ask that you unleash the power of radical generosity and awareness by taking part in 1 or more of our 24 Ways. By supporting the WCA today you can double your impact where every […]

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Oct 29

2021

Healing Begins with Hope 10.29.21 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us virtually for 1 of 3 showings of this year’s Healing Begins with Hope program. Be the Hope in our community today! As the WCA celebrates 111 years of changing lives, please join us for this year’s virtual Healing Begins with Hope Event! Join us to learn more about our work to meet […]

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Oct 30

2021

Healing Begins with Hope 10.30.21 at 10:00 a.m.

Please join us virtually for 1 of 3 showings of this year’s Healing Begins with Hope program. Be the Hope in our community today! As the WCA celebrates 111 years of changing lives, please join us for this year’s virtual Healing Begins with Hope Event! Join us to learn more about our work to meet […]

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Nov 04

2021

Virtual Talk to Your Teen Presentation

November 4, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 10

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

November 10, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 17

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

November 17, 2021 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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Nov 19

2021

Lunch & Learn with Bre 11.19.21

Our lunch and learn sessions are an opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve. Our Philanthropy Specialist, Bre, will share an overview of our services, the clients we serve, and our current needs. Bring your lunch and any questions you might have to this monthly virtual chat with Bre.

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