A Non-Profit organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence and
to making our community safer - By Lucia
After contacting, Marva Bledsoe, the Executive Director of the North County Women’s Resource Center (WRC), I learned some pertinent facts about the organization.
In 1974, WRC was initially founded to address the needs of families and those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. Since then, WRC has expanded to offer a full array of services designed to meet that mission including a shelter for battered women and their children, crisis intervention services and a program for emergency motel placement when the shelter is full or inappropriate. WRC also provides information and referral counseling for victims, a full service business drop-in center with emergency food, clothing and transportation.
The agency provides emergency police and hospital response, victim advocacy, legal resources, household establishment assistance and a court-approved treatment program for perpetrators of domestic violence. WRC provides a counseling program especially designed for the children of violent homes, a transitional housing program and a 24-hour crisis hotline.
In effort to educate others and to help stem the tide of domestic violence, WRC has a prevention education program in all area schools. The agency offers assistance without financial or geographic limitations as to whom they will serve. WRC also collaborates with other social service agencies to assist victims.
When asked about working at WRC, Ms. Bledsoe responded “I believe that most of the staff and volunteers at WRC would agree with me.. the most rewarding part of working at WRC is providing the assistance victims of abuse need to make changes in their lives.. changes that result in safe futures for themselves and their children. WRC makes a real difference, with lifesaving changes to many women’s lives. Domestic violence permeates our society and we all need to do everything we can to stop it.
This is where I choose to “make my stand.” I have been with Women’s Resource Center since 1979 and it is that belief that keeps me impassioned about my job and the agency.”
It is dedication like this which has contributed to the success of WRC and to the positive impact WRC has upon our community.
If you would like to assist a family, WRC accepts financial donations, gift cards or basic supplies such as linens, clothes, toys, school supplies. On December 8th, WRC will host a “Spirit of Giving” celebration which features Christmas shopping for victims and family at their business office where various meeting rooms will be used as “Santa workshops.”
Parents and children can ‘shop’ for each other with the assistance of volunteers. The parking lot will feature gift wrapping stations, refreshments, games, activities, and a visit from Santa. Any contribution is extremely appreciated.
WRC extends their thanks to all SAMEDA members – you make a difference for the Center, victims and our community.