28th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Each year for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WRCDV holds a Candlelight Vigil to remember those in Georgia whose lives were stolen, celebrate those who survived and unite our community to end violence against women.
6th Camp PEACE Summer Session
We are so excited to have concluded another session of Camp PEACE, our violence-prevention summer camp. The mission of Camp PEACE is to bring children in Atlanta exposed to domestic violence together for a summer of activities that facilitate Peace Education, Action, Compassion and Empathy. We provided 50 campers with eight full weeks to build emotional intelligence and compassion and mothers with a full summer of no-cost childcare. Campers left camp armed with the tools they need to manage their emotions, form healthy relationships and peacefully solve conflicts now and for the rest of their lives.
It Takes a Man
WRCDV owes many thanks to the men and women who took a public stand against domestic violence by participating in our It Takes a Man to End Domestic Violence campaign. These generous individuals made a public pledge not to tolerate domestic violence in their homes, businesses, and communities and made a financial contribution in support of our programming for survivors of domestic violence. Their pledge was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Father's Day.
Champions for Change
Our 2019 Champions for Change Luncheon was an amazing success. We honored two outstanding ambassadors for ending violence against women: Briley Brisendine and Senator Elena Parent. We cannot say thank you enough to all of our attendees and everyone who dug deep into their pockets to help us exceed our fundraising goal. Funds from the luncheon play a vital role in supporting our programs and keeping our agency's services available to the thousands of women and children who need us every year. We are grateful to everyone who supported our event.
Love Run 5K
We had a great time joining DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston at her 4th Annual Love Run 5K. The race had an amazing turnout and raised nearly $5,000 to benefit our violence-prevention programming for children. We offer our gratitude to the District Attorney and can't wait to participate next year!
Trade the Malls for Walls
Our "Trade the Malls for Walls" holiday program pairs families rebuilding after domestic violence with groups that agree to donate the household items they need to feel at home during their first holiday season free from domestic violence. This year we were able to supply 25 families with more than $15,000 in needed items such as dishes, silverware, pots and pans, bedding, towels, vacuums, winter clothing and more.
Dancing with the DeKalb Stars
We had such fun joining DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling at Dancing with the DeKalb Stars. The event sold out for the second year and raised nearly $5,000 for our programming! We offer our gratitude to the Solicitor-General and can't wait to see what next year's dancers come up with!
KaBOOM! Playground Build
Our playground build was lots of fun (and very sweaty)! Many thanks to KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group for our playground grant, Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for additional grant funds, Quikrete for donating concrete, Atlanta Community ToolBank for tools, Publix for lunch, and Comcast and Hands on Atlanta for volunteers. The children visiting our safe house will benefit from everyone's hard work for years to come!
2018 In The Trenches Award
We are incredibly proud that Selina Armstrong, our Director of Children's Programming, was awarded the In The Trenches Award at the annual Georgia Commission on Family Violence. The In the Trenches Award recognizes one front-line advocate whose effort goes beyond the ordinary to demonstrate extraordinary dedication to safety and justice for domestic violence survivors. Watch below for a short glimpse at why this award was so richly deserved.
2017 Annual Report
This month, WRCDV released our 2017 Annual Report. This report highlights our transformative work, the impact our programming has on families impacted by domestic violence and the support we have throughout the community. We hope you'll take this opportunity to learn more about our agency and the ways you can get involved in ending domestic violence right here in Atlanta.
We had such fun at our first ever Family Dance fundraiser. Children invited a special adult or adults to a dance party benefitting Nia's Place. Thank you to our sponsors Allegra Printing, Badda Bing Catering, and BandAid Productions as well as special guest Melissa Stratton of Keller Williams who supplied the cotton candy.
Ending Abuse in Later Life Kickoff Event
We were proud to join our partners across the county for the kick-off event for DeKalb's Ending Abuse in Later Life project. Our legal advocates are helping conduct monthly specialized training sessions for 850 law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and victim service providers who come into contact with older adults experiencing abuse. We are proud to be partnering with the DeKalb Police Department, Sheriff's Office, Solicitor-General's Office and Office of Senior Affairs on this vital new undertaking. Our team is one of only nine such groups across the country who are working to create systemic change in outcomes for older adults experiencing domestic violence or other forms of abuse.
A Path Appears Continued
Nearly 200 guests joined us on Monday, February 9th at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta for our A Path Appears Premiere. These VIPs got a sneak peak of our episode and heard from some amazing panelists, including two brave and candid women who shared their stories of surviving abuse with the A Path Appears audience and came in person to give Atlanta some additional insight. The video of our panel will be available soon on our YouTube channel.
A Path Appears
Next month, WRCDV will be featured in A Path Appears, airing nationally on PBS. The film follows Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and a team of celebrity activists, including Regina Hall (pictured) who visited our agency alongside Kristof last year. Through inspiring storytelling, A Path Appears will take viewers on a journey across the country, and across the globe, to drive home the universality of gender inequality and the roots of vulnerability. The series will lead viewers to a deeper understanding of these critical issues and the proven methods of bringing about change. This includes an in-depth look at our programming in the episode airing February 9th.
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