Accomplishments of Tahoe Women's Services


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"Save Our Safe House Capital Campaign"

Since 1995 TWS has been operating the Mountain Rose Safe House, a six-bed shelter for women and children who are victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2000, 24 women and 24 children sought safe shelter at Tahoe Women's Services.

It was about a year ago that TWS received notification from the Safe House property owner that the house would soon be placed on the real estate market for sale. Because time was of the essence, we launched a "Save The Safe House Capital Campaign" during the fall 2000. Our goal was to make the dream of purchasing the Safe House a reality. The seller's asking price was $280,000, so we needed to raise at least enough funds to secure the down payment and closing costs. In order to support additional costs associated with the mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance requirements, facility operations, maintenance, repairs and staffing, we hoped to raise a minimum of $280,000 to support all shelter costs.

The message was delivered to the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee communities via 23 newspaper articles, a live interview on a local television channel, and several presentations conducted with local sponsoring organizations. To support our campaign, we received substantial advertising sponsorship from USA Media with the production of a television commercial, and campaign announcements delivered to 12,000 cable subscribers.

Due to the overwhelming support from our community, we successfully received $137,341 in cash donations from businesses, organizations and individuals. And, in July 2001, TWS was awarded a Capital Development Grant for $172,728 from the State of California, Department of Housing & Community Development, Emergency Housing & Assistance Program.

Without the help from countless individuals, organizations and businesses, empowering and saving lives would not be possible.

 

Click here to read about the Chocolate Festival fundraiser on the Press Releases page.


"Safe Haven Program"

In January 2000 TWS began working with community members and local businesses in the North Shore and Truckee areas to promote Tahoe Women's Services latest community awareness campaign: The "Safe Haven" sticker program. Safe Haven stickers serve as a safety beacon for adults and children in frightening or dangerous situations. The Safe Haven stickers let people in the community know that if they have a problem or need to get away from a violent situation, they can walk into that business or organization to use the telephone to call the proper authorities or TWS. The sticker depicts Tahoe Women's Services 24-hour Community Help Line numbers for Truckee, Kings Beach and Incline Village.

While Tahoe Women's Services primary focus is to help victims with issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, the Help Line is available to anyone in need of peer counseling, support or referrals.

"I think it's a good plan," said John Bohn, Executive Officer of the Incline Village Board of Realtors. "Our governing board approved it. We have a sticker in our window. If it helps one person out, it will be worth it. Whatever the remote liability is, it is offset by the good of the community." Bohn also said, "We'd like to see other offices in the community support the program."

Since the launching of the Safe Haven program in January 2000, there have been notable victories for the campaign. The program has received exposure from all three local newspapers (Sierra Sun, Tahoe World and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza) that have published featured articles on the Safe Haven stickers. Roger Terneuzen, Regional Manager for USA Media, and TWS volunteer, has made extensive efforts to step up in support of the program and take on the role of Safe Haven spokesperson for the Truckee area. Mr. Terneuzen has contacted several businesses and made presentations to local businesses, rotary clubs and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, over 25 stickers have been placed in businesses and organizations around the North Shore area of Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. By posting the Safe Haven stickers in storefront windows, Tahoe Women's Services can reach more people.


"Safe Place Poster Campaign"

Tahoe Women's Services launched a Safe Place Poster Campaign during 1998 to get the community and children involved in making safe places for children and families. The poster contest was held in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee classrooms, and three posters out of more than 100 entries were chosen to represent the Safe Place Campaign that answered the question, "Where do you feel safe?" Approximately 600 posters have been distributed throughout the community and hung in local businesses and organizations to convey a simple representation of where children feel safe. The poster messages read: "Yo me siento bien en mi casa (I feel safe in my house)," "I Feel Safe In My Yard." The community voted on the posters when they were displayed during a TWS annual holiday open house event. The three posters chosen were the most representative in answering the question.

The posters continue to be an important part of Tahoe Women's Services outreach to the community with the important message of keeping our children safe from abuse.


Certificates of Recognition

 

• 1998 — TWS received the Lubertha Johnson Award as the winner for the State of Nevada, nominated by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women in the Incline Village Area.

• June 27, 2000 — TWS received the Certificate of Recognition and 1999 Nomination by the Nevada County Board Of Supervisors for Outstanding Efforts to bring superior services to the citizens of Nevada County.

• November, 2000 — TWS received the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Incline Village Crystal Bay Chamber Of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

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