Looking back, we could not have asked for a better start to our fiscal year. We were fortunate to be the recipient of two prized gifts – the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Neighborhood Builders Award and the Walter B. Gerken Award presented by Pacific Life. These awards recognized our response to the intersectional needs surrounding housing and responding to the trauma of survivors. A response, made possible by you.
Little did we know what lay ahead, and yet the distinguished recognition and support we received last fall positioned us to adapt and respond to the dynamic situation that ensued with the pandemic.
The idea that people should be safer at home pushed our mission to the forefront of awareness as the pandemic came to a crescendo. Social isolation increases the risk for victims of domestic violence. As the world sheltered for safety, the homes of many individuals and families, like Rebecca’s, quarantined with their abusers were increasingly dangerous.
Rebecca appeared at the front door of our business office one day, having walked over from her job. Her employer recognized the signs of abuse and intervened, allowing her to leave early to seek assistance. Rebeca’s situation illuminates not only the increased desperation, but also the need to educate and empower those in a position to help. Isolated from typical sources of assistance, the need for prevention education became all the more heightened in order to help employers like Rebecca’s recognize the signs of abuse.
In partnership with each of you and our neighbors, we quickly pivoted to a hybrid model of socially distanced in-person and virtual services. Together, we leaned in to our value of ingenuity to find ways to deal with the ripple effect of isolation through essential education and intervention services. The collective concern and resilience of our community shined through.
This year we highlight the concentric circles of people we seek to impact through our work – the individuals, families, communities and networks – who reciprocally come together to ignite social change. Through these areas of impact, we mobilize around a shared vision of a future in which children and families live free from violence and experience healthy relationships.
Maricela Rios-Faust, MSW, LCSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
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