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Mission Moment: Betty

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My name is Betty. I am survivor of domestic violence that spans over 30 years. I escaped on November 25th, 2018 from Nevada to come to Idaho to start my new life. I arrived here with two suitcases and not knowing anyone in the Boise area. I got off the plane and went into the Intermountain Hospital 30 day in-patient  program. You see, I am also a recovering alcoholic and addict. I cried for hours not knowing where I was or where my life was headed. I was told about the WCA and their programs to help survivors of domestic violence and decided to give them a call.

I got on their waiting list and finally received a call to enter the emergency shelter. I attended every class and group that I could and talked with every client advocate. My case manager referred me to the financial empowerment program. After graduating from the financial empowerment program, I was able to meet with my financial coach weekly to address my housing barriers due to credit. I had a terrible credit score and several outstanding accounts in collections. We were able to work on a plan to start paying down those debts. Because of my participation with the financial empowerment program, I was also able to receive a recommendation to attend a job training program through Create Common Good and graduated with a Kitchen Management Certification, as well as a Kitchen Certification.

Once it was time to transition out of the WCA residential shelter, I had addressed the barriers on my credit report and was able to obtain my first apartment on my own in so many years. I was also able to improve my credit score to over 600 in just over a year and was also able to purchase a used vehicle. I have learned to budget and save and it is paying off. I have given up things that cost money and replaced them with things that are free, like walking the greenbelt or free admission day at the museums.

Fast forward to today, and I am now getting ready to complete my third semester of college at CWI and just recently opened my very own individual bank account for the first time in my life. I have been able to pay ahead my rent, utilities, and other bills. My next goal is to open a secured credit card and continue to build my credit, as well as attending a home buyer education class and start working on building up the assets needed to purchase my own home in the next 3-5 years.

It was important for me to share my successes over the past several years with my friends and the staff at the WCA, so I shared the picture and short story with them.
“I have had this plant for two years. It was almost dead when I left the residential shelter at the WCA and moved into my own place. I can’t tell you the gratitude I have today because this plants represents how far I have come and now it looks like it is going to bloom. Change is inevitable, and I am embracing what is coming my way! Feeling Blessed!”

 

 

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EVENTS

May 19

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Educational Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.

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May 19

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Educational Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.  

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May 26

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Educational Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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May 26

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Educational Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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May 28

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: May 28, 11:30 […]

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Jun 08

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: June 8, 12-12:30 […]

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Jul 13

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: July 13, 12-12:30 […]

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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