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Our Mission

Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter is committed to provide safety shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence.

Our Values

We believe that people should be treated with respect and dignity.
We believe that people have the right to live without fear of violence.
We believe in the empowerment of victims of domestic violence.
We believe in the responsibility to take action.
We believe in the need to engage the community.

Our History

In 1977 a group of community citizens came together to learn more about a problem that had just recently been named: Domestic Violence. The Southern California Coalition on Battered Women had been formed the year before, and communities all across the United States were waking up to this ever-growing problem.

The first action the committee took was opening a hotline. Calls began almost immediately. But, what to do with the victims? Some of the founders opened up their homes to the fleeing women and children. They knew this was not a long-term answer, so in 1978 they rented a house to use as their first shelter.

Since then the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter has diligently served victims of domestic violence: women, men, and their children. Our mission is to provide safety, shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence. As part of our program we collaborate with other agencies to improve overall health, wellness and economic stability; provide culturally relevant and supportive intervention; provide educational information for the prevention of family violence and maintain a 24-hour hotline. We operate on a 24-hour basis and all of our programs are free-of-charge.

WCCS was founded on the belief that everyone has the right to a violence-free environment; that violence, be it physical, actual or threatened, emotional or psychological, has no place in healthy relationships. We are dedicated to helping the victims at whatever stage they are.

Board of Directors 2017-2018

President

Bonnie Watje

Vice President

Cassidy Russell

Executive Director

Dolores Salomone

 Treasurer

Petra Schmischke

Secretary

Bonnie Jo Panagos

Board Members

Emanuel Avina
Diane Britton
Dulce Delgadillo
Tom Guerrero
Shawn Kindorf
Julie Peoples
Monica Peters
Luis Regalado
Ruthie Flores Retana
Mark Villalobos

Emeritus Board Members

Barbara Gile
Stella Religa

ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017

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We are proud to present our 2015-2016 Annual Report. Check out our Program Accomplishments below or download the Annual Report.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

157

mothers and their children were provided with safe shelter (49 women and 108 children).

The capacity of our 45-day stay emergency shelter is 31 individuals.

In addition, 2 families entered with their pets; 3 dogs in total.

3,034

hotline calls from victims and survivors of domestic violence, their families and/or allies were answered.

All hotline operators are bilingual in English and Spanish and provide each caller with a minimum of 3 referrals. Our hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4,219

individual safe nights were spent in our shelter.

The emergency shelter home is comprised of 7 bedrooms (28 beds and 3 cribs) and 4 restrooms. The average shelter stay per family is 27 days.

802 Trips

to the shelter and/or another safe location were provided on a 24-hour basis.

774 Hours

Peer support services were provided to 49 families.

628 Hours

Health and social services advocacy were provided to 48 families.

581 Hours

Legal advocacy and in-court support for 48 families.

264 Hours

Household establishment assistance was provided to 44 families.

201 Hours

Case management provided to help 43 families achieve self-sufficiency.



7,063

Hygiene Items were distributed to 48 families.

5,431

Clothing items were distributed to 126 women and children.

1,185

Toys were distributed to 111 children.

496

Hours
Individual counseling were devoted to 35 women and 64 children by our in-house clinician therapists.

730

Hours
group domestic violence workshops and parenting classes were provided to 37 women to help them gain an understanding of the cycle of violence and non-violent parenting skills.

1,168

Hours
Childcare provided to 88 children, ages 1 month-17 years, while their mother received other services.

651

Hours
On-site education provided to students courtesy of the Whittier City School District.

573

Hours
Art and self-esteem building workshops provided to 65 children from the on-site children's program.

487

Hours
Parent & Me classes were provided to 30 families.

1,168

Hours
Childcare provided to 88 children, ages 1 month-17 years, while their mother received other services.

651

Hours
On-site education provided to students courtesy of the Whittier City School District.

573

Hours
Art and self-esteem building workshops provided to 65 children from the on-site children's program.

487

Hours
Parent & Me classes were provided to 30 families.

WCCS Supporters & Contributors

WCCS is supported through the generosity of the institutions and community groups mentioned here. On behalf of the women they have helped and will help in the future, we give our heartfelt thanks.

Foundations

  • Albert & Sacchi Foundation
  • BCM Foundation
  • Belsito Foundation
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • In-N-Out Burger Foundation
  • Macy’s, Inc.
  • Mary Kay Foundation
  • Muller Family Foundation
  • The Rose Hills Foundation
  • SkyRose Chapel Foundation
  • Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
  • Whittier Methodist Foundation
  • MarkTaper Foundation
  • Taproot Foundation
  • Walmart Foundation
  • Weingart Foundation

Cities

  • City of Pico Rivera
  • City of Whittier

Civic Groups

Companies & Corporations

  • Credit Union of Southern California
  • Shelter’s Right Hand
  • So Cal Edison Corporate Headquarters
  • Puente Hills Subaru 2016 Share the Love Event
  • Wells Fargo

Job Opportunities

WCCS is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter has the following job opportunities available.

Executive Director- Full Time

Email your cover letter and resume to HR@dvshelter.org and write Executive Director in the subject line. No Phone calls, please.

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