A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
I hope you all are as excited for your Thanksgiving feasts and gearing up for the holiday season as I am! My Thanksgiving will be jam packed as I celebrate the holiday with my brother and his family on Thursday, celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family on Friday, attend a beautiful wedding on Saturday, and then research deals to purchase for Cyber Monday. As it’s the time of the year to gather around the table with our friends and families and pause and reflect on that for which we are thankful, I have taken the time to reflect and think about all the things I am grateful for.

Of course, I’m grateful for all the things that are close to my heart like my family and friends, but I’m also very grateful for all of you who are receiving this newsletter. Whether you attended one of our events, made a donation, or simply signed up to receive our newsletter, we appreciate how much you care about ending the cycle of violence. Since our founding year in 1976, we have helped countless individuals and families and we wouldn’t have been able to do that without your support. So, from the bottom of my heart – thank you .

With Appreciation,

The ‘10s were a period of tremendous growth for WTLC. At the end of the decade, our services are now available not only to survivors of domestic violence and their families, but also to survivors of human trafficking and elder abuse. We’ve expanded beyond our walls, making services available not only to those participating in an emergency shelter stay, but also to those living in the community through mobile advocacy.
Your support has been critical during these years of change and growth—without you, we truly would not have been able to continue to adapt to meet the changing needs of the survivors
 in our community.
This year, volunteers from Prominent Escrow came to WTLC to host an Easter party, complete with Easter egg hunt, gifts, and photos with the Easter Bunny herself! And during our back-to-school barbecue, donations of backpacks and school supplies from the Yorba Linda Chapter of the NCL, made the first day of school even better for students of all ages!
Your support this past year allowed us to provide basic survival needs—shelter, food, clothing, and so on—but just as importantly, you gave those in our programs opportunities for celebration, community, and joy.
This year we launched our sensory room, which uses light, color, touch, and sound to engage children and adults who struggle to connect with traditional talk-based therapy. The calming space helps ground participants who are easily overwhelmed or anxious, centering them to be in a better mental space to address their traumas.
Recognizing different people need different levels and methods of care, we worked this year to come up with more creative ways of engaging survivors in therapy sessions.
Elle was afraid she would be at risk of deportation if she asked for help leaving her abusive husband. Once her situation became unsafe for her kids, Elle reached out to WTLC’s legal team, who worked with her to be approved for a work permit. Her family is now safe from abuse and working towards citizenship.  

This year, WTLC brought in networks of partners to support survivors like Elle. From OneJustice’s immigration clinics and our divorce clinic at El Modena Family Resource Center to the Public Law Center’s presentations on housing and family law, we were able to ensure survivors had a network of resources supporting their recoveries.
Together we can ensure all survivors in our community have access to the services necessary for a full recovery, regardless of
immigration status. 
Our primary goals based on our comprehensive strategic plan that outlines our goals for the next three years, are to:

  • Provide a trauma-informed, transformative experience for all participants;
  • Strengthen opportunities for participants to achieve their goals;
  • Develop and engage effective ways to measure and evaluate our work;
  • Communicate WTLC’s impact to the broader community;
  • Recruit and retain high quality, diverse staff and board of directors; and
  • Expand and strengthen our operational and financial capacity

These are big goals, and we’re excited to get to work on them!
Will you help us raise $60,000 by the end of the year (and decade!) to support the end of violence in our community?
A gift of any amount will help ensure all survivors have access to the services they need to recover from situations of trauma and abuse. We hope we can continue to count on your support as we all move into the Roaring Twenties 2.0!
On Thursday, October 24 th  WTLC hosted our second annual ¾ Time Dueling Pianos event to raise awareness and recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month as a community. Thank you again for helping us raise over $7,900! You've ensured that domestic violence and human trafficking survivors will receive a safe place to stay and an opportunity to restart their lives at WTLC.
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