A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
As many of you are already aware, we are currently seeing a growing wave of homelessness across our county mainly due to lack of affordable housing options available in our community. According to the 2018 Point-In-Time Survey, there were at least 4,955 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given night – almost a 5% increase from a year ago. We are happy to support and learn of updates from our local government and homeless service providers with their aggressive approach to help address this situation.

However, did you know that at least 34% of the homeless population reported having experienced some form of domestic violence and at least 5% reported domestic violence as the immediate reason they were experiencing homelessness? WTLC has a unique role in providing a solution to this community issue as we have first-hand knowledge of the intersection between domestic violence and homelessness. Understanding this connection is essential in order to provide the best support for people fleeing from abuse and trauma.

Since 1976, WTLC has transformed the lives of thousands of survivors and their children by providing safe emergency and transitional housing with supportive services such as food, counseling, and legal services. As we head into a new decade, WTLC is taking a giant leap forward that will enable us to address the growing need for more stable housing, specifically for those affected by domestic violence and human trafficking. We will soon formally announce a plan to increase our housing capacity and launch our capital campaign to raise the funds needed for a transformative renovation project for one of our properties. Stay tuned to learn how you can get involved with WTLC and our expanded vision to become part of the long-term solution for the homeless population in Orange County. 


With Appreciation,

Mark
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Watch for These Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship
What do you remember from your high school days? Is it the ugly dress you wore to prom? Being on your high school’s sports team? What about that high school crush you could never get over? As you reminisce about the days long before the realities of “adulting,” do you recall being informed about what a healthy relationship looked like?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. As advocates, our goal is to not only educate parents, the community, and teens on the red flags of dating abuse, but to also equip youth with the skills and resources necessary to develop healthy relationships.

While youth are working through the normal pressures and stress of teen development, many are also experiencing the negative dynamics of unhealthy relationships. Sometimes, we hear stories of teens that are unaware that the experiences they are having are, in fact, abuse. 
On January 7th, the Fullerton City Council hands a proclamation to Ruthi Hanchett, Adjunct Professor of HumanTrafficking at Vanguard University and member of the Fullerton Human Trafficking Partnership, a pledge to continue the battle to abolish modern slavery and restore the lives of those affected by human trafficking in our communities and the city of Fullerton.
Thank you to the City of Fullerton for recognizing the month of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month! On January 7 th , the City Council recognized the efforts of the Fullerton Human Trafficking Partnership, of which WTLC is a member organization, and invited attendees to join them in taking a pledge to end human trafficking and exploitation in our community. Thank you, Fullerton City Council members, for shining a light on this often overlooked and underserved population of survivors!
February 12th Love Is OC Giving Day
This February 12, 2020 join WTLC as we partner with 11 other nonprofits around Orange County to raise $135,000 in support of healthy teen relationships. Will you help WTLC reach our personal fundraising goal of $15,000 on February 12th? Here are 3 ways YOU can show your LOVE this Giving Day!

  1. On February 12th, 2020 make a donation on our Love Is Giving day page and share it with your friends and family. Each dollar you donate will be matched!
  2. Share about Love Is Giving Day with 2 of your friends and ask them to donate or join you for spirit week.
  3. Show your support by joining us for one or all days of WTLC's LOVE IS SPIRIT week! Be sure to snap a photo of yourself showing your spirit and posting it on social media with #LoveIsOC so we can share it with our followers! 
On March 28th, 2020, WTLC is hosting its 4th annual Ball, “The Golden Age of Hollywood,” at The Clubhouse at Anaheim Hills Golf Course. This event brings together 200 people dedicated to ending domestic violence and human trafficking through an evening of dinner, dancing, and lively auctions. We invite you to join us in raising over $80,000 to end the cycle of violence.
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