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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

Aug 25

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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