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Wildfires: common threads with DV

Thursday, November 9, 2017

By Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer As you know, our community has endured loss, trauma and despair as we all grapple with the impact of the October ‘17 wildfires. We have all been touched. The devastating loss of life, as well as both homes and businesses is so prevalent the numbers are staggering. Evacuations,… Continue Reading Wildfires: common threads with DV

Not just a lunch box

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dear Friend, A lunchbox. It seems like a simple item for a child to have, but for Gabriella*, the lunchbox we gave her (funded by caring supporters such as you!) was the first one she ever had. Gabriella is a bright third-grader, who lives with her mom and three siblings in our confidential Safe House… Continue Reading Not just a lunch box

Mental health in schools and DV

Sunday, October 30, 2016

PRESS DEMOCRAT CLOSE TO HOME – October 2016 —  In the age of sound bites and viral memes, it is heartening to see in-depth, quality news from, National Public Radio; specifically, the thoughtfulness of its multi-part series,  “Mental Health in Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions of Students”. The report focused on a little-known fact:… Continue Reading Mental health in schools and DV

Imagine…

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Imagine the ideal haven for women fleeing violence, in the place they should least expect it – their own homes . . . YWCA’s confidential Safe House shelter. Imagine the ideal place for children who spent each day just trying to survive . . . YWCA’s “A Special Place Therapeutic Preschool. Imagine a friendly, empathetic… Continue Reading Imagine…