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Survivor Story: The Power of One Moment

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silhoutte for survivor storyHave you ever had one of those “déjà vu” moments? They can transport you back many years and bring back a host of feelings – completely beyond our control. So it was with the client featured in the following survivor story. Serendipity brought her back to the WCA as part of a volunteer effort organized by her current employer. Walking the familiar halls and seeing the familiar sights brought back a flood of emotions for her. Hearing her story made a tremendous impression on us and we hope on you as well.

In one of several rooms along a hallway on the upper floor of the WCA, a room that used to house families, a woman named Holly stood motionless. She was looking out the window and seemed, for a brief moment, to be in another time and place.

Eleven years ago, after a particularly violent altercation with her husband, Holly and her children found safety in that room, part of the WCA’s secure shelter, for close to three weeks. During that time, the family met with counselors, court advocates and a case manager to begin the difficult and painful process of moving on.

Even after her husband was behind bars and they were able to safely move back to their home, Holly and her children continued to receive counseling, court advocacy and case management services as, what she called, “out-patient” clients.

When Holly had to appear in front of a grand jury to determine if her husband would be indicted for her attempted murder, as well as for the sexual abuse of her daughter and her niece, Holly had the rock-solid presence of a WCA Court Advocate next to her each step of the way. The Court Advocate helped her to understand the process and provided emotional support in the face of reliving the terrible details of her abuse. Telling her story to the jury, in that moment of overwhelming emotion, Holly was not alone.

Along with counseling and court advocacy, another of the important and impactful services Holly and her family received was the time and assistance of their WCA Case Manager. They qualified for support from the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program as well as other community partners to help get the healing and restorative services they needed. This complex and sometimes overwhelming process was much easier for Holly because she had someone knowledgeable to offer advice and support with each step.

Holly openly shares her belief that the WCA saved her life. She is thankful that she and her children are safe and no longer have to live in fear. Because of generous community support, Holly and her children have come full circle.

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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 05

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 10

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 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 14

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 20

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 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 How: Register here for either a 12noon or 7 p.m. virtual viewing time As the WCA celebrates 113 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date for Healing Begins with […]

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