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What Does Kindness Look Like to You?

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November 13 is World Kindness Day, an international holiday formed in 1998 as part of the World Kindness Movement. World Kindness Day is about promoting kindness to yourself, to each other and to the world.

Kindness is at the heart of why we do what we do here at the WCA. Our vision as a community-based resource is to foster a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships. Kindness manifests itself in many different ways. Some at the WCA serve out of a desire to prevent harm from happening in our community. Some practice kindness in the way they help others in their journey to safety, healing and freedom.

Here is what we heard around the WCA about “what kindness looks like”:

“Kindness is showing up for yourself and others rooted in authenticity, care, and love. Kindness is wanting the best for all and acting accordingly.”  -Megan Raimondi, Clinical Services Manager

“Doing something that’s right, even though it’s not the easiest decision.” -Sarah Loebes, Crisis Case Manager

“The generosity of our community—a physical manifestation of our kindness.” -Bea Black, CEO

“Accepting others just as they are. Accepting others just the way they are allows you to set healthy boundaries.” -Amelia Rogers, Outreach Volunteer

“Kindness is extending to yourself the same care and concern you would give to others.” -Emily Dehmer, Jesuit Volunteer

“Kindness is a precious commodity that is at the disposal of any individual regardless of socio-economic status, age or ability. When I think about kindness, it represents the moments when one person gives to another with the intention to make things better for them. These gestures of kindness have the potential for great impact on the person receiving it and can cause a ripple effect, impacting those around them. 

During my time at the WCA, I have seen time and time again how kindness permeates our services and programs. I have seen how survivors and their children selflessly give to others around them. In visiting the shelter, I see kindness in the way residents engage with one another. Kindness looks like a welcoming smile when a person first arrives at the shelter. It also sounds like the laughter and giggles of children in the safety of the shelter. Kindness is also represented in the many ways staff engage with residents to help them feel at home. Lastly, kindness also represents communities that are willing to lean in to help residents even when they might not witness the joy their gifts bring to families. Kindness is potent—so, give it liberally.” -Dr. Beronica Salazar, Program Director

EVENTS

Sep 29

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 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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