Women's Center-Youth & Family Services
Featuring Keynote Speaker Kate Price
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Stockton Civic Auditorium
Human Trafficking Survivor Announced as Keynote for Women’s Center-YFS Annual Luncheon
Local agency raises awareness of human trafficking epidemic to encourage involvement of individuals and local businesses.
Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services, the sole-provider of free, confidential shelter and services for homeless and runaway youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in San Joaquin County, is honored to welcome Ms. Kate Price to serve as the Keynote Speaker for our agency’s 37th Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The Luncheon, which serves as Women’s Center-YFS annual fundraiser, will be held at the Stockton Civic Auditorium and will offer an exclusive introduction to Women’s Center-YFS new CEO, a first-hand look into Human Trafficking, a learning opportunity for individuals and local businesses to make impact, and additional discussion around other trauma-informed services.
Kate Price is a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation as a child, and her life story exemplifies the power every community member has to change a life. In addition to being victimized by family members, she was overlooked by her community. Extended family, neighbors, friends and teachers all suspected she was being harmed, yet no one intervened. At 10 years old, after a decade of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, Ms. Price found hope after visiting a friend whose mother was a professor at a local college. “That one visit gave me a vision of what I knew my life could look like beyond those cycles, and I held on to that inspiration for dear life as I fought my way out,” says Ms. Price. So, while some did nothing or didn’t know how to help, others helped by opening their arms and welcoming her into their home – giving her hope for a different life.
Today, Ms. Price is working on her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she is researching how organizational and legislative discrimination towards Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) can re-traumatize child sex victims and survivors instead of providing necessary services and protection. While serving on the advisory boards of the anti-trafficking organizations Truckers Against Trafficking and ECPAT-USA, her story of grit and determination is a reminder that we all have the power to change a life, even if we never know it.
Join us to learn more about human trafficking trends and services in San Joaquin County, the opportunities every individual and local business has to raise awareness and make impact, and to support Women’s Center-YFS, as we grow upon four decades of providing trauma-informed services to the community. Sponsorship and table opportunities are available by emailing Krista Fiser, Women’s Center-YFS’ Development Director, at or calling (209) 941-2611.
Tables start at $400 for 8 seats. This is a ticketless event, and your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of completed form and payment.
Port of Stockton
Located along the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta about 75 nautical miles from the San Francisco Bay, the Port of Stockton (Port) is the second busiest inland port on the Western Coast of the United States. With almost 4000 acres and over seven million square feet of covered storage area, the Port is suitably stationed along the Deep Water Ship Channel next to Interstate 5 and State Route 99 as well as the two largest freight railroads in the U.S.-Union Pacific and BNSF Railway. The port possesses more than 75 miles of railroad tracks and over 12,000 lineal feet of dock space.
Financial Center Credit Union/ Michael and Gia Duffy
Financial Center Credit Union is the largest credit union based in San Joaquin County. Established in 1954 by a small group of San Joaquin County employees, FCCU is a member-owned financial institution that offers a variety of services designed to help its members improve their personal finances. Our focus is taking our members' hopes and wishes and turning them into reality through straightforward, fairly priced products and services. These services include those found at traditional banks (savings, checking, loans and credit cards), as well as easy access to discounted insurance products, financial planning and a legal help hotline.
Health Plan of San Joaquin
Health Plan of San Joaquin has been serving members enrolled in publicly-funded programs in the heart of the Central Valley since 1996. As a publicly sponsored, not-for-profit, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), we have a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to manage health care for Medi-Cal members.
A. G. Spanos Companies
BAC Community Bank
Bank of Stockton
Bank of the West
Mary and Dan Bava
Community Foundation of San Joaquin
Dianne Drew Butler & Associates
DeGregori, Gormsen & Ringer, LLP
Delta Health Care
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
Family Resource & Referral Center
PAQ, Inc.-Food 4 Less/Rancho San Miguel
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
The Grupe Family/Grupe Commerical Co.
Wayne and Carla Hose
Iacopi, Lenz & Company
Junior League of San Joaquin County
Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson
Lodi Bookies & Friends
Neumiller & Beardslee
Oak Valley Community Bank
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Tina Wells Lee, CFP, Pinnacle Financial Advisors
Carolyn Pometta, LCSW
Quick’s Glass Service/ Stockton Auto Glass
Janelle Reinelt and Jerry Hewitt
Jackie and Tom Sahargun
Dave and Jean Sant
San Joaquin County Office of Education
San Joaquin Delta Community College
San Joaquin Labor Coalition
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women
Bill & Joan Topp
University of the Pacific
Francesca and John Vera
Wallach & Associates
WIN - Women Investing Now
Wells Fargo Bank
Williams Tank Lines
Mrs. Duke Williams
Violence. Fear. Panic… the dangerous realities women, men and children face when fleeing abusive relationships. In many cases, the only time to flee is when the abuser is not home – opportunities that often arise late at night or early in the morning when there is no public transportation. In cases such as these, Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services provides fleeing victims with transportation to the refuge and safety of a shelter.
Recently, Naomi* experienced this very situation. After immigrating to the United States, Naomi was kept in complete isolation by her abuser. With the continuous threat of being deported, Naomi lived her days and nights in despair. Then, she became a mother. The fear of not being able to provide safety and security for herself and her son slowly turned to determination and hope. Naomi gathered her courage and called our 24-hour helpline. The mother and son were then picked up and brought to the safety of our shelter.
The initial period after leaving a violent spouse is often accompanied with stress, anxiety and apprehension, and it is the most dangerous. Women, after all, are 70 times more likely to be killed in the first two weeks after leaving than at any other time during their relationship. For Naomi, the decision to leave meant trusting in her community. As a non-native English speaker, there were daunting barriers for her, and she, cautiously, put her hope in Women’s Center-YFS. Here, she received respect and support. Primarily, she needed transportation for herself and her son to overcome their circumstances. Due to the generosity of our community, Naomi was able to utilize transportation (taxi services, bus passes, etc.) to go to court and other important meetings, including to receive assistance with her immigration status. While Naomi has transitioned out of the shelter, she is not alone.
Youth and young adults, such as 22-year old Kevin*, also rely on the transportation that is provided through youth services and shelters. For the past six months, Kevin has been participating in our Transitional Aged Youth program, which serves young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are transitioning from state custody or foster care and are considered at-risk.
For Kevin, transportation has provided him the confidence and security to pursue a career. Upon receiving pre-employment support from our Specialists, Kevin was able to utilize Women’s Center-YFS transportation to attend multiple appointments including one to receive his transcripts to apply for an electrician apprenticeship and another to take the exam to become a county correctional officer. For other youth and young adults, transportation has provided them opportunities to attend medical appointments, obtain legal documents, and pursue their goals.
Caliber Collision and Allstate understand the vital role transportation plays in in ensuring women, men and children remain safe in violence situations. Through the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program, Caliber Collision and Allstate are gifting Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services with a Toyota Rav4.
JOIN US as we’re presented the gift of transportation:
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
11 AM-1 PM
Caliber Collision, 17890 Ideal Parkway, Manteca, CA 95336.
Donate today to show your support for Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services or contact us to receive more information on our programs and services. Together, we can change the trajectory of the most vulnerable in our community.
*names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.
 Domestic Violence Intervention Program (2016)