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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 2020-2021


Ruthie Retana Flores

Vice President

Robert Marin


Dulce Delgadillo


Priscilla Gomez

Board Members

Judy Bradt

Diane Britton

Amanda De Loera-Morales

Nick Morlet

Bonnie Jo Panagos

Julie Peoples

Veronica S. Perez

Petra Schmischke

Emeritus Board Members

Barbara Gile

Stella Religa

Executive Director

Yvette Morales



See the impact you’re having.

We are proud to present our 2019-2020 Annual Report. Check out our Program Accomplishments below or download the Annual Report.

Donate     WCCS ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020



mothers and their children were provided with safe shelter (56 women and 124 children).

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

45 mothers were provided with supportive services through the outreach center.


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.


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 25 days.


of clients report positive changes in their children.


of clients reported knowing more positive parenting strategies.


of clients reported understanding the cycle of violence.

419 Trips

to the shelter and/or another safe location were provided on a 24-hour basis to 70 families.

329 Services

Health and social services advocacy were provided to 61 families.

315 Services

Legal and housing advocacies for 87 adults.


Meals were distributed to 55 families.


Clothing items were distributed to 51 women and 110 children.


Toys were distributed to 107 children.


Individual counseling provided to 37 women and 47 children.


Group domestic violence workshops and parenting classes were provided to 71 victims to help them gain an understanding of the cycle of violence and non-violent parenting skills.


Childcare provided to 75 children, ages 1 month-17 years, while their mother or father received other services.


Art workshops and children's support group were provided to 60 children.


Childcare provided to 75 children, ages 1 month-17 years, while their mother or father received other services.


Art workshops and children's support group were provided to 60 children.

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.


  • 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


  • 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.


Family Advocate 2020

FSW 2020

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

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