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Staff Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth

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

Elizabeth Hoene, Administrative Specialist

What do you do in your job at the WCA?
I provide administrative support at the front desk. As people call or come in, whether to seek information, come to an appointment with a case manager or counselor, or bring in a donation we are the first point of contact. I also process the daily monetary transactions, provide the controller with a daily report and process all the gift in kind donations.

How long have you been with the WCA?
Since January of 2012.

Where did you work prior to joining the WCA team?
I have worked in various industries, both for profit and non-profit and vastly prefer non-profit. One thing I value so much is the integrity and accountability that is such a necessary part of any non-profit culture. It is stronger here than anywhere else I have worked.

What do you find most rewarding about your work at the WCA?
Every day someone touches my heart. It may be a child making eye contact and smiling at me for the first time after coming for several weeks, or a woman who at first is hesitant to speak and then begins opening up and initiating a dialogue. You never know who is going to walk in the door. We have kids who bring us their piggy banks to make a donation, or the proceeds from a lemonade stand, or gifts or money which they have gotten for their birthday in lieu of gifts for themselves. It renews hope. One woman made a new year’s resolution to bring us a gift card every month which directly impacts at least 12 women and their kids per year. A simple thing creates a small ripple of good.

How have you changed or grown as a person through your work here?
My sense of what I need in life has changed dramatically. Every day I realize how fortunate I am. It is humbling and empowering and has expanded my sense of gratitude exponentially. It has purged me of any “poor me” stories I may have had previously. The power of the human spirit and of grace in action are present everywhere, working here is a constant reminder of that.

Is there a memorable moment or story that you’d like to share that you have experienced at the WCA?
A young woman came into the shelter with her mother. She was very difficult to communicate with and didn’t want anything to do with us. She would hide behind the book shelf and pull her hood over her head. Over the weeks she began to open up. Her whole posture and presence changed. Now when I see her she has the most open and beautiful smile, is always laughing, and is involved in school activities and thriving in her life. We want to create a world where services like ours aren’t needed, where healthy relationships are the norm. With each life that we touch for the better the cycle of violence can be stopped. To see a whole family make this journey together is such a gift.

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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