Serenity House Dedication
TRACY – On Tuesday, September 9, Women’s Center - Youth & Family Services, and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital will host a dedication for Serenity House, Women’s Center-YFS’ new shelter for battered women and their children residing in South San Joaquin County. The dedication will be held from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Women’s Center-YFS invites the agency’s friends and supporters to join staff, board members and dignitaries as it celebrates this exciting new milestone.
Women’s Center-YFS previously operated TREE (Tracy Refuge for Empowerment and Education) House from 2004-2013 and housed more than 450 women and children during its 9 years of operation in South County. In 2013, after evaluating repairs for TREE House, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and foundation staff determined the necessary repairs would be cost prohibitive. Instead of moving forward with renovations, the agency, hospital and the City of Tracy made the decision to purchase a new home to serve as an undisclosed emergency shelter for battered women and their children in South San Joaquin County. In November 2013, Women’s Center-YFS purchased a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, that is expected to house 70 women and children its first year. Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has also generously donated $15,000 to furnish Serenity House.
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In the spring of 2014, Women's Center-Youth & Family Services, in collaboration with Judith Buethe Communications launched the media campaign, "Some Problems are too big to Face Alone." The billboard and RTD bus ads are currently being featured throughout San Joaquin County. The campaign started April 14, 2014 and will run through July 20, 2014 and feature compelling images in association with our 24-hour helpline numbers. This campaign is designated to let the community know of our services for homeless youth and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Preview some of the billboards below:
With the help of La Piana Consulting, on July 1, 2012, Family and Youth Services (FAYS) and the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County officially merged to become a new organization, Women’s Center – Youth & Family Services.
The merger is the first of its kind in San Joaquin County in more than a decade, and this union has created a stronger organization with a larger platform, better able to serve the needs of our community. Women’s Center-YFS is San Joaquin County’s only provider of shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless youth and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our staff of more than 75 employees operates 8 sites, 4 of them open round-the-clock, to serve adults, children, youth and families throughout the county. Last year we served more than 21,000 individuals, including more than 750 women, children and youth who stayed in our shelters.
Click to read the case study by La Piana Consulting
Did you know that more than 39 percent of the homeless are 18 years and younger? Join us on November 13 for the premiere of the documentary "Left Behind," a film by Shane Williamson that chronicles the lives of San Joaquin County homeless youth, shown in support of Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month.
November 13 at 6:00 P.M.
Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211
Registration is required since seating is limited. $15 suggested donation to the San Joaquin County Office of Education, Educational Foundation in lieu of entrance fees.
Click here to register, today!
Click here for more events and activities for Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month
"Paths no Longer Traveled" is a short film created by Women's Center-YFS staff member Candy Kebe. The video depicts the reality domestic violence victims face in San Joaquin county.
"The Silent Witnesses"
Life-sized red silhouettes represent women and children killed in acts of domestic violence in San Joaquin County. Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services' Silent Witness Exhibit is part of the Silent Witness National Initiative, a non-profit grassroots organization started in 1990. The Silent Witness Exhibit provides a powerful visual testimonial to the sad reality of domestic violence and seeks to educate and motivate public support.