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WISH celebrates 20th anniversary - Asks for assistance from community
Posted: 03/02/2011 01:40:34 PM PST
Women's Crisis Shelter in Southern Humboldt (WISH) is reaching out to the community for support. The non-profit community-based emergency shelter has been struggling to make ends meet while serving the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. WISH has lost approximately $150,000 in federal grant funding over the past two years, and urgently needs financial support to continue operations.
”We have seen an increase in clients so far this year, due to a particularly cold winter and tough economic times. Last year, we served a total of 148 people in need of emergency shelter, approximately 50 of whom were children,” said WISH Director, Mary Balletta. “Our clients include young mothers and newborn babies, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence whose identity we protect. We are often a silent network of safe and open arms. Due to the confidential nature of our work, the public may not be aware of the essential services we provide. We are the only emergency shelter in Southern Humboldt, and without us, those people would have been left on the street, in the cold.”
This year, WISH is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the organization plans to continue operating well into the future. In addition to providing emergency shelter services, WISH provides a community-supported 24-hour crisis line, permanent housing assistance, education about the prevention of family violence, a complete referral service, and more. Currently, WISH has a shelter for women and children, but hopes to expand with a shelter for men, a preschool for young children, and other services for the community.
WISH will gratefully accept any contributions, monetary or otherwise. Visit their website www.wishshelter.org to make a donation or to inquire about volunteer opportunities. You can also mail donations to P.O. Box 642, Garberville, CA 95560.
Women's Crisis Shelter in Southern Humboldt
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