A Word from Mark
Dear Friends of WTLC,
I hope everyone is well and staying healthy.

As our local and national environment constantly changes in relation to COVID-19, at WTLC we have been bringing the very best thinking and planning to our organizational response and plan of action. Our two fundamental priorities have been identified:
  1. Protection of the health, safety and wellness of our staff, volunteers, and participants, mitigating community transmission of the virus
  2. Successful delivery of our programs and services, delivering the highest service quality as we can in a way that protects the safety of all

WTLC is an essential business/activity and our programs and services remain operational. WTLC has adopted an appropriate response plan that allows us to keep our doors open to provide critical services to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking while minimizing the risk of community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are still answering calls to our 24/7 Helpline number, our emergency shelter remains open to those fleeing from abusive situations, and we continue to provide therapeutic counseling and legal advocacy work.

I am truly impressed by my team’s strong sense of compassion and commitment to serve our community’s survivors during this difficult time.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

With Appreciation,

Mark
Keeping Children Safe, Together
Approximately 3.7 million children in the United States are sexually abused each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019), placing them at a higher risk of developing psychological and behavioral problems in adulthood. Child sexual abuse is a prevalent societal issue which also occurs through trafficking. In a literature review by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average age of children who are sex trafficked is 12 to 14 years old. Prior childhood sexual abuse was also identified as a common risk factor among trafficked victims and children were more likely to have witnessed domestic violence in their home.
Thank You Pacific Western Bank
Thank you to Pacific Western Bank for including us again in your annual food drive this year! Seven branches throughout Orange County dedicated the month of February to collecting non-perishable food supplies and cash donations to support WTLC’s Bridge Housing program. These sites brought in over 100 pounds of food and raised over $6,000. These supplies are crucial to ensuring the survivors and families in our shelter programs have well-stocked kitchens during their time in our program, and also help us stay prepared for emergency situations where shopping might be difficult.

Thank you, Pacific Western Bank, for your commitment to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in our community!
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