A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
Happy new year! Our year started off with a bang as we have reached (and surpassed!) our End-of-the-Year fundraising goal of $50,000. Thank you to all our supporters who have generously donated during the holiday season. With this momentum, we are moving full-speed ahead to do some awesome things in 2019 and I can’t wait to share our updates with you throughout the year. But for now, here’s a quick sneak peek:

  • Expanding our capacity to better serve survivors of human trafficking through our newly awarded $700,000 federal grant

  • Increasing the number of bedrooms and housing units to accommodate our survivors who need longer-term housing

  • Leading a task force with our collaborative partners to better respond to the needs of those victimized by elder abuse

  • Building a state-of-the-art “Sensory Room” that promotes self-healing and relaxation for children who have been victimized by sexual assault and other trauma

These are some of the many great things we hope to do this year and your support directly helps us to do some amazing and innovative work for our survivors. So with this, here’s to a great 2019!

With Appreciation,

Mark
Opening The Conversation: Talking to Teens about Healthy Relationships
“He’s always waiting for me after school. If I don’t text him as soon as I get home, he gets mad and thinks I’m cheating. He will keep calling until I answer the phone.”

“I talk to her like that because I thought it was normal. That’s how all my friends talk to their girls. It’s not like I hit her or anything.”
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

What does that mean to a teenager? So many of the teens and youth we encounter are unaware of what entirely encompasses teen dating violence. “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month” in itself implies a physical aspect, which for many teens, is absent in their relationships. How do we, as advocates, anticipate the needs, feelings, and experiences of a young person and address them in ways that meet them where they are, without judgment or assumption?
Thank You For Making the Holidays Bright!
Thank you for donating your gifts, time, and heart to make sure that women, children, and families had a wonderful Holiday season. Special thanks to the Men's Division International for cooking an amazing dinner for participants, the National Charity League for baking and donating Holiday cookies, and Journey Church in Fullerton for decorating for our Survivor Holiday party!

Thank you also to these businesses and groups who made the holidays brighter for so many of our participants:

  • Bremers' Annual Christmas Party
  • Newport Harbor Kappa Delta
  • Orange Education Association
  • Lake Park Brea
  • Costco Fullerton

We are so thankful for you!
We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who made our End-of-Year $50,000 fundraising goal a huge success. We exceeded our goal of $50,000 and were able to raise $59,200 to benefit survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in our community! The need is great and without your support we would never have reached our goal. Thank you for helping house, feed, and care for so many survivors in need of a fresh start this year.
As an organization dedicated to ending the cycle of violence and exploitation, WTLC is committed to promoting safe and healthy relationships for future generations. Like domestic violence, teen dating violence can affect anyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, economic background, or any other factor. Also like domestic violence, teen dating violence is often overlooked or dismissed, leading to even more dangerous situations. WTLC works with teenagers in our community to understand the basics of healthy relationships, recognize the red flags of unhealthy behavior, and know where and how to find help if they or a friend find themselves in an abusive relationship. Help us ensure a safe, healthy future for all youth in our community.

On February 12, join WTLC in raising $10,000 to support healthy teen relationships in Orange County.
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