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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.




THE TIMELINE

1977

Incorporated

Incorporated – First project is the Hotline.

1978

Received Grant

Grant from City of Santa Fe Springs provides for rental of shelter to house 4-5 families staffed totally by volunteers. One of the first shelters opened in Los Angeles County.

1979

First Paid Staff

Grant from City of Norwalk provides for first paid staff.

1980

First Emergency Shelter

First emergency shelter in Los Angeles Count to set up “onsite” school.

1984

Emergency Crisis Shelter

Grant from City of Whittier aids in purchase of Emergency Crisis Shelter.

1987

First Teacher

Whittier City School District provides teacher for onsite school.

1993

Walk-In Site

Walk-in site for family violence victims opens in Montebello.

1994

Bilingual Programs

WCCS makes all programs fully bilingual (English/Spanish).

1995

Women of Distinction Award

WCCS agency staff received Women of Distinction award from Soroptimists International for ongoing efforts and commitment in helping women in need.

1999

Women-In-Transition Center

Women-In-Transition walk-in center moves to City of Pico Rivera.

2001

Stella’s Friendship House

Stella’s Friendship House is established, a post-transitional housing program for low-income battered women and their children.

2009

Move to Whittier

Women-In-Transition walk-in center moves to City of Whittier, a ribbon cutting ceremony held to celebrate opening of Outreach and Administrative Offices.

2010

Closure of Women-in-Transition

Closure of Women-In-Transition center in Whittier and temporary transitional housing placement freeze due to budget cuts.

2013

Stella’s Friendship House

Stella’s Friendship House re-opens, a post-transitional housing program.

2013

Board of Directors

Recruitment of additional members to Board of Directors commences to enhance agency governance, fundraising, and strategic planning.

2013

Strategic Plan

WCCS develops a strategic plan to clarify and prioritize agency goals.

2014

Cut-a-Thon Fundraiser

Cut-A-Thon fundraiser event hosted by Mozart the Salon and Salon Cheval held in Whittier, CA.

2015

2nd Annual Fundraiser

2nd Annual “Cut-A-Thon: fundraiser hosted by Mozart the Salon in Whittier, CA.

2015

Lip Sync Fundraiser

“Speak Out for Those Who Cannot” Lip Sync Fundraiser event premiered at the Whittier Community Center, featuring 9 community leaders.

2016

Domestic Violence Campaign

WCCS is invited to participate in Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park’s 13th Annual Domestic Violence Campaign in collaboration with Congresswomen Grace Napolitano & Judy Chu.

2016

2nd Annual Lip Sync Event

2nd Annual “Speak Out for Those Who Cannot” Lip Sync Fundraiser.

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