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Tahoe Womens Services a vital community program

Domestic violence is a disease in our communities, and targets people of all races, religions and social boundaries. It is not always visible, and yet it can have a harmful, if not deadly effect on families. Susan had been emotionally and physically battered by her husband following the birth of their first child. She finally got the courage to leave, because she knew that the trouble she faced trying to find a place to live and feed her children was safer than staying with her abuser, said Karen Carey, Director of Tahoe Womens Services. Susan first looked to friends to support her in establishing her independence. When that was not successful, she came to Tahoe Womens Services for help. We were able to assist her with finding a safe and healthy place to live, rental assistance and emotional support.She and her two children now have a place of their own, but the financial commitment puts a real strain on Susans ability to pay. She is not unlike many other women in her situation who have to choose between living in an abusive environment and being able to financially support herself and her children. Tahoe Womens Services sees women just like Susan every day. They have a full range of programs and services to deal with the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault, ranging from a 24-hour crisis line to counseling and therapy to safe havens for short-term shelter. They also support an educational component, focusing on prevention and self-defense, and delivering programs in schools and businesses.Like other non-profit organizations, private donations are down by 54 percent and grants from federal and state agencies are becoming more scarce. These services are critical to the well-being of families and our community.

On March 15, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is sponsoring Call to Action, a one-day event to raise needed funds for non-profit organizations in our community like Tahoe Womens Services. Volunteers will be calling every household in the North Tahoe Region to ask for your support. Expect the call, and give what you can to preserve needed services in our community.If you want to help on March 15, contact Theresa May Duggan at theresaduggan@sbcglobal.netYou can donate online at ttcf.net/give or send a check to Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Call to Action, P.O. Box 366, Truckee, CA 96161.

800 to 900 calls per year to the crisis line600 clients annually who are victims of domestic violence and/or rape14 women/18 children in shelters60 days is the average stay in shelter80 percent of those who receive help from Tahoe Womens Services dont return to their abuser Three offices in the North Tahoe Region: Kings Beach, Incline Village andamp; Truckee26 years serving the North Tahoe Region