Thank You for Helping Us Extend a Reassuring Hand
to the Many Individuals and Families
Who Turned to Us for Safety in 2014!
While every new year offers new hope, new opportunities and new beginnings, 2015 shows great promise of being an extraordinary year as we reflect upon the accomplishments of 2014, and continue to serve our community by providing hope, healing and comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence in their journey to becoming survivors.
Our 40 year legacy was built by caring friends like you who continue to support our mission, which strengthens our ability to help our clients renew their strength and rebuild their lives.
We are truly grateful for your generous support that helped us extend a reassuring hand and provide safety, shelter, hope and vital services for the many women and children who found the courage to walk through our door to safety in 2014.
I would like to share some of the 2014 highlights that you helped make possible.
We were able to open our door to 245 women and children in need of safety, emergency shelter, food, basic needs and social services. Our residential program and professional staff provided vital services to ensure their safety and help them rebuild their lives. Your generous support strengthened our ability to provide 6,422 emergency shelter nights, nearly 11,000 meals and other essential services.
Nearly 2,200 individuals called our 24-hour, 7-day helpline seeking information,supportive listening, crisis intervention, advocacy and safety planning provided by our dedicated staff and trained volunteers. Thanks to your response to our call for help, we were here to answer their call for help!
Through our collaborative partnerships with local school districts and community agencies, we reached hundreds of youth and adults this past year, and provided them with the information and tools needed to recognize and avoid harmful behaviors associated with unhealthy relationships, identify healthy relationships and develop effective communication and conflict resolution skills. Together, we have made a positive impact, and our programs and partnerships continue to grow.
Our Volunteer Coordinator recruited and trained new volunteers to provide support services at our emergency shelter, as well as coordinating day-of-service volunteer teams to help out with special projects. Their generous gifts of time, talent and treasure made a difference!
Our signature events were very successful fundraisers and friend raisers in 2014. The 12th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon in May and the 3rd Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence in October experienced their biggest years ever!
And, we celebrated 40 years of service to our community with a special birthday celebration at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar on December 1st.
Without a doubt, 2014 was a "year of special milestones and accomplishments" for the Women's Center. And, all of it was made possible by caring donors, volunteers, staff, community partners, dedicated Board members and supporters who either stepped out to attend or sponsor a special event, provided a grant to support our programs and services, volunteered, joined our Board, became a community partner, made in-kind donations, responded generously to our appeals or renewed their commitment to our organization with their generous support.
Once again, thank you for your continued support and generosity. You have strengthened our ability to extend a reassuring hand to help our clients as they renew their strength and rebuild their lives, as well as providing new hope, new opportunities and new beginnings in 2015!
Kristin E. Lyons, Executive Director