March news & updates
The statewide “Choose Respect” initiative began in 2009 with a pledge by then Governor Sean Parnell that Alaska would take every necessary step to stop the epidemics of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Since 2009, more Alaskans have found the courage to speak out and the strength to act. 
In 2009 the Kodiak Community took a collaborative approach with Choose Respect. Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA), Providence Kodiak Island Counseling Center (PKICC), and Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center (KWRCC) partnered together in a community outreach campaign “Choose Respect Kodiak” to build awareness and personal ownership in our pledge to make Kodiak a safer community by speaking out against all forms of violence. 
Our first Choose Respect March occurred in 2010 and has since grown to include many different community partners including, Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Kodiak Police Dept (KPD), Alaska State Troopers (AST), Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD) to name a few. 
To keep the community safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic our 2020 Choose Respect March was cancelled and again this year our 2021 March will not occur. We hope to bring this very successful community event back in 2022. 
KWRCC will have 2021 Choose Respect outreach activities for the community to be announced in coming weeks. Please join us in encouraging respect in Kodiak and speaking out for healthy relationships, treating our families in healthy ways, and taking action to ask for help when we witness or experience domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse. 
Rebecca Shields, Executive Director
RESPECT : a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.
KTVA News: Frontiers
Choose Respect Marches On
Enjoy this fantastic 2017 Frontiers episode about Choose Respect that includes a great segment about Choose Respect in the Village of Old Harbor and our treasured Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers.
Thank You!
Thank you to all Pick.Click.Give. donors in the community for considering KWRCC when applying for Alaska PFDs. Contributions through this program are greatly appreciated as are all donations.
It's not too late to donate to KWRCC or other Pick.Click.Give. eligible organizations. PFD applications are due March 31st and even previously filed applications can add or adjust their Pick.Click.Give. pledges online through August 31st.
Women's History Month
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women.

This is a good time to reflect on the influential women in our lives. 
Interested in volunteering with KWRCC?
For more information and volunteer opportunities contact:

Amber Frederick or Ellamy Tiller
Our Services
We are here to support victims, their families, and the community in every way we can during the pandemic. 

KWRCC continues to provide all of our domestic violence and sexual assault services and our shelter remains open for those in need of assistance.

Services have been modified to increase social distancing and prevent infection. 
Crisis Line Services
Trained advocates are available 24/7 to provide emotional support and assistance with crisis situations. We are here to listen and help! 
Donations & Donation Room
Our KWRCC Donation Room is once again open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and on a limited basis due to limited occupancy. Please contact us prior to visiting.


We ARE accepting ALL donations including clothing. We continue to have a significant need for unopened, non-perishable food items, paper products, cleaners, adult and child mediations, and financial donations.

For more information about donations please visit our Donations webpage.
In and effort to protect our clients and staff please contact us by phone if possible before coming to our shelter for assistance or to provide donations. This will help us plan the safest way for each individual situation.

907-486-6171 (staffed 24/7)
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KWRCC Board of Directors
President: Heidi Barret-McNerney
Vice President: Debbie Olson
Treasurer: Karissa Stoecker
Secretary: Cassie Keplinger
Board Member: Kim Sibrel
Board Member: Megan Ivanoff
Board Member: Selida Guitron-Padilla
Board Member: Katherine Gronn
Board Member: Hailey Thompson
Executive Director: Rebecca Shields
Administrative Assistant: Mary Lund
SART & Shelter Coordinator: Penny Lampl
Case Management: Melissa Austin
Outreach Advocate: Amber Frederick
Outreach Advocate: Ellamy Tiller
Outreach Technology: Ann Kirven
Immigrant Advocate: Trinidad Ardoña
Advocate: Florence Darling
Advocate: Kimberly Dolph
Advocate: Debbie Eggemeyer
Advocate: Marie Jmili
Advocate: Lisa Johnson
Advocate: Skylar Gertz