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Thank you North Lake Tahoe and Truckee for a great year

Dawn Harris
Special to the Sun
Part of the Tahoe Women's Service community outreach component are the Youth Empowerment Program groups. Tahoe Women's Service's Paul Bancroft, left, worked with a group of 10 eighth-grade boys at North Tahoe Middle School.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services (TWS) gives special gratitude and thanks to the community for their support this last year and for helping us to meet our program funding needs. This last fiscal year, you showed support for TWS by sponsoring or attending our community awareness and fundraising events and through annual giving. Your financial contributions helped fund vital programs and services that help men, women and children lead safe and healthy lives.

It is because of you that TWS was able to assist 798 clients, answer 551 calls on our community Help Line Program, provide shelter to 12 women and 19 children in our Mt. Rose Safe House, provide 278 prevention and education presentations to 4,335 children and adults and serve 123 children through our comprehensive childrenand#8217;s program. Special thanks go to our volunteers: 320 of you generously donated 10,750 hours!

It is because of you that Carol (fictitious name) and her young son were able to change their lives for the better. Carol first came to TWS several years ago when she was in a relationship that turned abusive. For many years, Carol had been a victim of her husbandand#8217;s oral tirades that, over time, became physical. She looked for help and was referred to TWS. The agency educated her on the cycle of abuse and the damaging effects it has on children and offered to help her to get out of the abusive relationship. TWS put Carol and her son in the Safe House and helped her to file for divorce and custody.

Years later, as a single mom doing well on her own, her son slowly began to re-build a relationship with the father who had since remarried. Simple day visits soon turned into overnight, which over time, turned into weekend visitations. After a while, Carol noticed her son exhibiting strange behavior after his visits. She also noticed odd behavior from her ex-husband. Things did not seem right and Carol suspected that her son was witnessing abuse. Fearing for his safety, emotionally and physically, she once again turned to TWS who advised to promptly put him into counseling. Today, he participates in one-on-one therapy with TWSand#8217; childrenand#8217;s therapist and group sessions that include gardening and yoga. He is thriving!

It is through your contributions that we were able to help Carol, her son, and the thousands of others who have come through our doors over the last 25 years. Thank you!

Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services is a nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. It has offices in Kings Beach, Truckee and Incline Village. If you would like to get involved with TWS either through a sponsorship, donation or by volunteering, please contact the agency at http://www.tahoewomenservices.org or (775) 298-0010.

and#8212; Dawn Harris is the fund development manager for Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services