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Where has the year gone?  I seem to ask myself that every November!  Once we celebrate Halloween it seems the year accelerates and the next thing you know we are eating turkey and decorating for the holidays.  For many reasons I am not sad to see this year end.  It has been a difficult year for me personally, having lost several people who I love and have been important in my life.  In some ways, with time, the pain has become even more intense and the tears of grief still come readily at the strangest times.  It has given me a greater insight into how  difficult it is for our clients as they work through their pain and all their traumatic experiences in order to heal and move forward.  It has also given me greater insight into the term I have heard many times since I started working here – namely “trigger”.  I don’t think I ever really understood that until I found myself all of a sudden reduced to tears because of something that reminded me of one of the loved ones lost.  Not something I could avoid since you can’t really anticipate when it will happen!  While this is a trigger brought on by the sudden reminder of a loved one lost, I imagine the physiology of a trigger that invokes a painful and hurtful memory works in much the same way.  It can affect our clients in seemingly random ways, making them appear irrational and unpredictable.  Much as the grief process takes time, so does healing from deep and hurtful emotional pain.  Just as we must be patient with ourselves, we must also be understanding and supportive of others in order to help support them through their healing process.  In particular, during the upcoming holiday season, it is good to remember that not everyone is able to enjoy the perfect family celebration that we see portrayed everywhere.  That can lead to heightened tension and emotions.  Remember to take care of yourselves and others by slowing down this winter and really being aware and present in all your relationships.   Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and hoping that you can celebrate the things that you are grateful for with a joyful heart.

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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