24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273

Taking Flight March 2015

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

March 2015

Survivor Story

The following is a personal story from a local young woman who has come forward to share her family’s experience with the man charged with the domestic violence homicide of Selena Thomas in Canyon County in August of 2014.

Alfredo Martinez used to date my older sister. She is 8 years older than me and they dated about 20 years ago when my sister was in high school. He took my sister to her senior prom. And then my sister moved in with him. And then we stopped hearing from her.


Working to Break the Cycle
Our outreach team of WCA staff and volunteers has been working diligently to educate those in our community about domestic abuse and dating abuse, sexual assault and the cycle of violence.  Our goal is to reach as many people as we can through informational presentations to student groups, schools, community organizations, businesses and other partner organizations.

Donor Spotlight: Meet Omaste

Omaste Witkowski

How did you come up with your idea?


I have been selling Fine Art Prints since December 2012. Originally it was a hobby that I pursued on evenings and weekends and now I have a portfolio of over 1,000 images and consistently sell art to collectors around the world. Up until now, most of my sales are online and I don’t always get to meet the people who collect my art.

Corporate Pillar Spotlight: Capital Copy & Print
For the WCA, partnerships are vital both within the nonprofit arena and within the business community. The WCA’s Corporate Pillars program helps create partnerships with Treasure Valley businesses.

We are excited to welcome Capitol Copy & Print as one of our valued WCA Corporate Pillars. Capitol Copy & Print has been serving the Treasure Valley for over 42 years.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Maggie

Maggie Burkett, Client Advocate/Case Manager Intern


What do you do in your job at the WCA?


I am a first year master social work intern from Boise State University and currently I am working as a Case Manager. I work to advocate for and empower clients through achieving their goals and increasing their self-sufficiency. Some goals might include, finding a safe and affordable place to live, attaining employment, going back to school, and/or receiving medical care.


Supporting Our Clients



Sweet Dreams – Mrs. Frost’s Kindergarten Class at Spalding STEM Academy 


The kindergarten class at Spalding STEM Academy did something special for their class Valentine’s Day party. They invited the WCA to come talk about what we do and have the children present new pillow cases they’d each decorated with fabric markers for our residents.  What a great way to show kindness and caring for your community, thank you for “Project Pillow Case WCA”!


Read about support from Deb’s Daycare and the Junior League of Boise

A Night at the Oscars with the WCA


On Sunday February 22nd, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance was the beneficiary of a very special event, “Evening at the Oscar” at the Village Cinema in Meridian. We were thrilled to be part of this fun evening of glamour and entertainment and appreciate all those who attended. In addition to great food, and the Oscars live broadcast on many large screens, the evening’s activities also included a silent auction, including donated gift items from RC Willey, The Village at Meridian, Corner Bakery, Coppola Winery and Hayden Beverage, Lynee Nosewothy, the Tilted Kilt and KBOI.



Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Karen Midkiff


 What do you do in your volunteer role at the WCA?

I volunteer in the thrift shop hanging and tagging clothes, organizing donations, and freshening up displays in the shop.

How long have you been a volunteer?

 Over a year.


What do you find most rewarding about your work at the WCA?

I love socializing with the staff and other volunteers while I’m working.

Wish Lists


Our lists of needed items are updated monthly and always available on our website. New items from this list below can be dropped off at the WCA lobby at 720 W Washington St. M-F from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Non-perishable/non-expired food items
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Compact florescent light bulbs (60 w)
  • Mattress covers (twin-sized vinyl zippered only)
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Genie bag refills
  • Bibs
  • Twin bedding sets (boys and girls themes)
  • Hooded towels
In This Issue

Quick Links

The Bea Line

Bea Black, Executive Director

Just how do we become a community where respect for others and concern for their well-being becomes the overriding measure of our success? To me, it seems that if we truly strive to be that community, each of us will be more watchful and more inclined to step in or speak up when we are faced with situations where actions and words do not meet that criteria. 



Susan Says

Susan Kelley, Development Director

Ambassadors are people who are passionate about the WCA, and want everyone in the community to know who we are and what we do-so those who need us know where to go for help. The way Ambassadors to this is by bringing others to our tours, or by inviting us to speak to their friends, coworkers, club members, or church groups. 


From Bev’s Desk

Bev La Chance, Deputy Director

Ada County Association of Realtors (ACAR) is guided by their mission to be valued by the real estate profession and the public, to protect private property rights, to better the communities in which they live, and to provide members with tools and resources to conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully. 


Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar!

BSU Financial Literacy Workshop

March 11, 2015


Women’s Center Lounge, BSU Student Union



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TWIN Awards Luncheon


April 2, 2015


Boise Centre, 11:30-1:30pm


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Denim Day
April 29, 2015
All Day




April 2015

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Jun 22


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 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k The 14th annual SueB 5k will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k […]

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