As the result of a research project that began in the late seventies by a group examining community needs, domestic violence and the need to provide safe shelter in the Treasure Valley was underscored. Thus in 1980, the then Young Women’s Christian Association Crisis Center (became the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) in 1996) was given its voice; a voice that continues to forcefully resonate throughout the community – committed and undaunted advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The Crisis Center program has grown immeasurably within the last thirty-seven years, not only in terms of its expansive program but also in its capacity to serve victims. Initially only one emergency shelter existed, but in 1995 Mennonite House was opened, Thatcher House emerged in 1996 and in 2003 Serena’s House made its debut. Mennonite House and Thatcher House are no longer operational but this year Laura’s Home was opened which, when at capacity, will add another 60 beds.
Throughout these years, the WCA has remained steadfast in its single-minded mission of providing the highest quality of service to its clients.
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