Tahoe Women’s Services hosts Harvest Appreciation luncheon at Truckee Town Hall, Incline to come | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Women’s Services hosts Harvest Appreciation luncheon at Truckee Town Hall, Incline to come

Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun

Amy Edgett/Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; Tahoe Women’s Services hosted a Harvest Appreciation luncheon at Truckee Town Hall Friday, complete with autumn orange tablecloths, leaf and candle centerpieces and a buffet laden with homemade goodies and seasonal comfort food from Brimms Catering in Incline Village, Nev. and#8220;We’re here to celebrate the people we work with to provide good, quality services,and#8221; said TWS Executive Director Karen S. Carey. and#8220;If we weren’t collaborating, we wouldn’t be able to serve families.and#8221;

TWS’ mission is to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. Educational programs reach out to students grades K-12, beginning with stranger danger, bullying and then rape and relationships in high school. and#8220;The topics are heavy,and#8221; said Trisha Baird, prevention program manager. and#8220;But we make it interesting and interactive, with role playing and games. The students are pretty receptive.and#8221;

Members of the Truckee Police Department, Truckee Family Resource Center, Town of Truckee, the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Nevada County Health Department and other agencies sat down to Brimms’ buttermilk biscuits and chicken stew, meatballs, mashed potatoes, al dente asparagus ham wraps with sparkling cider and lemon infused water. Desserts were plentiful: Baklava, brownies, pastry and a Tahoe Women’s Service’s favorite, pumpkin dump cake aka and#8220;bootie barand#8221; prepared by Liz Soto, TWS residential program manager.

Bilingual advocate Cecilia Morales and Barbara Marstead, a TWS volunteer, crafted the centerpieces from donated items, candles casting a fall glow, with oak leaves inscribed with collaborating agency names filling the wall.

TWS and the multitude of local agencies coordinate to shed light in our community to support women who struggle to end the cycle of domestic violence, children who learn respect and teens dating as they grow into adulthood.

What does a perfect family look like in Cecilia’s eyes? and#8220;A nice couple, a mom and a dad, who work for their community and teach their kids love and respect.and#8221;

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Celebrate the bounty of healthy families and relationships and lend your support. Take your sweetie or sweet tooth to the Nov. 6 Chocolate, Wine and Roses Festival, a fundraiser for TWS and Project MANA. A second appreciation lunch will be held at the D.W. Reynolds Building in Incline Village, Nev. For information call 775-298-0010 or visit http://www.tahoewomenservices.org.