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They’re Free.

You never know when you might have the opportunity to hand one to someone.

For the WCA’s Communications and Outreach Team, our primary goal each time we set up an information table about the WCA is to have each person who approaches our table walk away with a “shoe card.” These small foldable cards have the domestic violence and rape crisis hotline numbers printed on them as well as some basic statistics about abuse. The cards are small enough to fold in half and stash somewhere until the information is needed.

Abuse “shoe cards” are free to the public and the WCA currently distributes between 5,000 and 10,000 “shoe cards” in the Treasure Valley each year. Many local healthcare providers, restaurants, schools and other businesses keep a stock of shoe cards in their restrooms, dressing rooms and exam rooms. And last year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013 (October), all the ambulances from Ada County Paramedics Association began to carry a supply of “shoe cards.”

Domestic abuse is a tough subject to talk about, and for many it’s almost impossible to find the right words at the critical point in time when you think someone might need help. Having a “shoe card” handy allows you to simply pull it out and hand it over – without needing to say a word.

Several of our staff members shared stores of recently handing out cards to strangers who they thought might need some help or information at Wendy’s Restaurant, at Home Depot, in the restroom at a local Mexican restaurant and over breakfast in the dining room at a local hotel. You never know when you will encounter someone who looks like they could have been assaulted or witness someone being abused in some way. Carrying a shoe card in your wallet can help you be an active bystander and join the effort to break the cycle of violence in our community.

And, our crisis hotlines are not only for those involved in an abusive relationship. Anyone can call the hotline, or as we also like to call them “helpline” any time of day, any day of the week. Are you concerned about someone? Do you want to know how to support a friend? Does a co-worker come to work with mysterious injuries? Call the free hotline and speak with a trained client advocate who can share resources and information as well as connect clients with much-needed WCA services.

EVENTS

Jul 11

2022

WCA 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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Jul 28

2022

WCA 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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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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