A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
The recent killing of George Floyd as well as other instances of attacks on unarmed black citizens in our nation continue to drive outrage and calls for action by people of all cultural backgrounds.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As individuals and as an organization, we must stand up against acts of intolerance. As an organization whose vision is to end the cycle of violence, we feel compelled to condemn injustice and discrimination and to reaffirm our commitment to live by our values and cultivate a workplace that makes diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities – a workplace that sets an example for our community. These social and racial injustice incidents are yet another reminder that we must continue to listen and learn from one another in safe and inclusive environments – and with respect for different perspectives and backgrounds.
 
We can do this by solidifying our obligation of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels, with the goal of elucidating a deep understanding as to why we engage in our work together and why racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity is central to our success as an organization. 
 
As always, feel free to reach out to me directly if you would like to learn more or would like to have a conversation on how we can move the needle toward positive racial and social justice. 
 
In the meantime, please continue to stay safe and well.
 
With appreciation, 

Mark
LGBTQ Pride Month 2020: What to Know About Its History
In the 1950s and 1960s, the LGBTQ+ community faced an anti-homosexual legal system. Homosexuality was referred to as sodomy in law and was considered a crime. It was also illegal for a man to dress as a woman and women faced punishment if they were wearing less than three pieces of “feminine clothing.” The flashpoint of the gay rights movement can be dated to June 28th, 1969, when police arrived at Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. 200 patrons inside and out did not sit and wait to be arrested by police officers. Instead they resisted and then rioted to send the police a loud and clear message that they were frustrated and had enough of the status quo for LGBTQ+ individuals.
With New Court Proceedings Due to COVID-19, John Receives Life-Saving Legal Support Just in Time
After John ended his relationship of 3 years with his girlfriend, she became verbally abusive and began to monitor his phone calls and his location at all times. John’s girlfriend wouldn’t let him leave the house out of jealousy and on multiple occasions physically assaulted him to prevent him from leaving.  

John was not alone in this situation as he found three different restraining orders against his ex-girlfriend from her own family members. When he learned of this news, it filled him with a sense of urgency to secure his own safety and John was referred to WTLC’s Legal Services after contacting our Helpline.

To the HEROs: Thank You
Thank you to our HEROs who are keeping the survivors at WTLC in their thoughts during these uncertain times!

WTLC was fortunate to receive $20,000 from the Decorative Arts Society in April to support our Bridge Housing Program, and were surprised and humbled to receive a call shortly thereafter offering an additional $10,000 to support our shelter’s pandemic response. These funds will ensure the survivors and children in our shelter program remain safe, healthy, and comfortable as they recover from situations of abuse and trauma.

The O.L. Halsell Foundation had generously donated $20,000 to WTLC in December of last year in support of our organization’s general operations. In May, we were notified that the Foundation had given an additional $4,000 to support our programs during COVID-19. These funds will allow us to continue to provide safe and accessible services to the survivors in our community, whether they choose to come on-site to meet with their Advocate or receive tele-services from the comfort of their home.

Thank you, DARTS and O.L. Halsell Foundation, for your unwavering commitment to the safety of the survivors in our community. We are honored to continue to partner with you to end the cycle of violence and exploitation.
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