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Thoughts on Courage and Independence

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As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I wish for you and your family and friends a safe and healthy 4th of July. I also wish for you a time of quiet reflection on what this holiday means to you.

When I think of the sacrifices made, the sheer courage and commitment it took by so many brave men, women and children–and the lives lost in order for the colonies to gain their independence, I can’t help but also reflect on the Declaration of Independence.

The concepts introduced in the Declaration were so radical for the times . .  yet still so very relevant today: all are created equal, that all have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit happiness, people have rights that cannot be taken away and that Individuals have a civic duty to defend these rights for themselves and others. The United States Declaration of Independence continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality.

My wish on this particular celebration of the birth of our nation is that we all commit to doing everything we can every day, both personally and professionally, to live up to these ideals.

I am continually humbled when I witness the incredible courage of those we serve. Often, when they come through our doors seeking help, freedom and independence seem unattainable. As they utilize our tools and services, they begin to regain a sense of freedom and independence, giving them hope while on their journey to a life free from abuse.

Through the WCA’s case management, our clients are connected with life skills, job training programs, housing assistance, financial empowerment and other programming vital to finding a life free from abuse. Learning personal advocacy skills and regaining a sense of self can be the most freeing to someone who has been in an abusive relationship.

I am humbled by the individuals we serve and am grateful for the work I am privileged to do because of the freedoms I am allowed.

Thank you for helping make it all possible.

-Bea Black

EVENTS

Apr 21

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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Apr 23

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: April 23, 12-12:30 […]

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Apr 28

2021

Denim Day

April 28, 2021 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the […]

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Apr 29

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.

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May 28

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: May 28, 11:30 […]

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Jun 08

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: June 8, 12-12:30 […]

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Jul 13

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: July 13, 12-12:30 […]

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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