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About Tahoe Women's Services


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Tahoe Women's Services (TWS) is a community-based organization providing direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other individuals in crisis. Incorporated as an independent non-profit, 501(c)3 public benefit corporation in 1985, the agency maintains four office sites, one shelter and has 21staff members and 2 AmeriCorps Volunteers.

TWS is currently the only agency providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region of California and Nevada. In California, TWS serves the Truckee community in Nevada County and several Placer County communities along the north shore portion of Lake Tahoe. In Nevada, TWS serves the Incline Village and Crystal Bay communities along the north shore portion of Lake Tahoe. All services and information is available in English and Spanish.

Tahoe Women's Services believes that every person has the right to live a life free of violence. The agency works to empower victims in reclaiming those rights by providing safety, advocacy, education and support.


COMMUNITY HELP LINES (local and toll-free, see at bottom)
24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault community help lines

• Crisis intervention
• Information and referral
• Serves as an intake for the Safe House and Counseling Services
• Accompaniment to area hospitals for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors
• Emergency transportation
• Receives approximately 90 calls per month

COUNSELING SERVICES
Provided individual counseling to 40 individuals and group counseling to 126 women and children in 2004

• Individual, group and peer counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in English and Spanish
• Kid's Time Program for child survivors of domestic violence
• Clothing through vouchers to local thrift stores
• Emergency food and vouchers
• Emergency gas and transportation vouchers
• Interpretation services for Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

EMERGENCY SAFE SHELTER
Provided safe shelter for 18 women and 18 child survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault in the Mt. Rose Safe House and provided emergency shelter to an additional 32 individuals in area hotels in 2004

• Emergency (60 days) safe shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with a 6-bed capacity
• Emergency shelter in area hotels
• Homeless prevention program through rental assistance, security deposits and Sierra Pacific Power SAFE Utility Assistance Program

LEGAL ADVOCACY SERVICES
Provided Temporary Restraining Orders or Temporary Protective Orders to 91 survivors of domestic violence and provided assistance to individuals through free legal clinics in 2004

• Family law legal aid clinic provided by local volunteer attorneys
• Part-time paralegal assistance
• Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Protective Orders
• Accompaniment to court for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND PREVENTION SERVICES
Provided educational presentations reaching 8,000 individuals in 2004

• Sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence prevention presentations for middle and high school students
• Violence prevention presentations for elementary school children
• Teen speaker and peer mentor program
• Girls' educational groups in elementary, middle and high schools
• Self-defense classes
• Community presentations on domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment
• Training programs for medical professionals and law enforcement

• Business Outreach

OTHER PROGRAMS:

DEVELOPMENT
Approximately 82% of the annual budget comes from federal, state and local grants and 18% is raised in the community

• Annual Chocolate Festival
• TWS Ski Day
• Grant requests to public and private funders
• Individual and group contributions
• Annual appeal

VOLUNTEER
In 2004, 185 volunteers provided 8,055 hours of services in the areas of crisis intervention, fundraising and clerical work

• 66-hour crisis intervention volunteer training offered twice a year
• Children's services volunteer training
• Prevention program volunteer training
• Speaker's Bureau volunteer training

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