Phase Three is Almost Complete!
The construction for the YCC shelter expansion is progressing amazingly fast!! Phase three (all of the domestic violence and rape recovery offices, meeting rooms and reception area) is almost complete. The last and final stage of the construction of bedrooms and bathrooms will begin this month, and should be finished by August.
Thanks to our very generous and amazing YCC donors, $1,187,000 has been raised leaving only an additional $400,000 for the new shelter will be fully funded!! The need for this to be finished becomes more apparent every day. We currently are beyond capacity in the shelter, and continue to not have sufficient room for all of those seeking safety from domestic violence. We are just moving into our peak season for requests for shelter. When the temperatures soar, tempers flair and unfortunately harm is done.
Those amazing friends and supporters who have contributed in the last month include:
Stewart Charitable Foundations
A huge thank you to all of you who have so generously reached out to help those who are in
such desperate need.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!
Domestic Violence Victim
We would like to thank all of our
Volunteers! There is
Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Program
could run without them.
We have set a date for our 12th Annual
Law Enforcement Training:
Tuesday September 16, 2014 8:30-4:00
Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:30-4:00
This year it will be held at the Weber Human Services Building. This is a FREE training and we encourage ALL Law Enforcement Agencies to attend.
Training Topics include:
- Working with the Reluctant Victim
- Trauma Informed Victim Interviews
- Investigation and Prosecution of DV Case
- ...and more!!
Looking for ways that you can volunteer? We can always use volunteers to help out!
Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids
YCC was selected by the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program which provided merchandise certificates for the children in the Women's Domestic Violence Shelter, Transitional Housing and the Child Care Center.
These certificates allowed each child to receive a new pair of shoes. We planned in-store events at a few local Payless Shoe stores where staff and families attended. Seeing all the children scurry about as they picked out their new shoes was very gratifying. One of the children's mother was crying because her children had not had new shoes in years.The staff at all stores were very helpful and they played a part in the success in meeting the needs of our children.
A huge thanks to Payless!
Success Story of the Month
Several months ago, a client in her mid-thirties came into the YCC’s shelter. She had been in the shelter several times during the past three years due to physical and emotional abuse from her father. During past incidences, he had pulled her hair, punched her in the face, pushed her down a flight of stairs, and slammed a car door into her, as well as continuously criticizing her weight and for being diagnosed with a mental illness. Each time that the client came into shelter, she stayed for just a few weeks because she wanted to continue to live with her father. The client would return to her abuser when she felt that the situation was better between them.
The client came into shelter during the last incident, because her abuser pulled her across the kitchen by her hair and pushed food into her face. The client decided to permanently change her living situation and live independently. She had received a Section 8 voucher several weeks prior, but had been unable to find someone willing to rent to her due to a previous eviction. The client had contacted every apartment complex on the housing list she had received from the housing authority, and did not know what her next step should be. When she came into shelter, the client and her caseworker spent about five hours a week calling apartments from online KSL and Craigslist ads. The client also spent about six hours a day using public transportation to view apartments and turn in applications.
During her sixth week of stay, the client was able to get her vehicle from her father’s property, and viewed a small house from her list of KSL rentals. The landlord approved the client to rent the property, and her church paid for the deposit. The client was able to move into her new home a few days later. Prior to her leaving the shelter, the client signed up for Aftercare services. Aftercare assisted her with signing up for food through Catholic Community Services and bedding through the Shepherd’s Fold. The client received vouchers to the DI and Salvation Army for furniture and household items. The client was also given cleaning supplies, hygiene items, emergency food, and moving assistance by YCC staff. The client has continued to receive services and support from the YCC, including Domestic Violence classes and Aftercare services. The client is currently still living in her house, and has remained self-sufficient and free from abuse.
Stories like this one would never be possible without community support!!
YCC is thrilled to announce this year, in conjunction with our Western Night Gala, we are unveiling our
Comfort Package Campaign. This
Comfort Package Campaign will provide each child who come to our domestic violence shelter with a Build-A-Bear©, a book and a blanket. Our children have been through so many traumas – the abuse they have witnessed, leaving their homes, and losing the abusive parent whom they still love – that we long to provide a source of comfort for them. With feelings of confusion, sadness, loss and the overwhelming feeling of new surroundings, these children are in desperate need of comfort and security. Our
Comfort Package Campaign will give every child who comes into the shelter their own Build-A-Bear©, Book and Blanket to help them feel loved and secure. Our objective is to let them know there are people out in the world who believe in them and believe that their future can be made bright.
Many of our children have never received anything that was not a hand-me-down or bought from a secondhand store. A simple donation of $50 or more will sponsor a child, and provide them with their very own,
brand new Build-A-Bear©, an encouraging book and a blanket. Our goal is to provide this comfort package to each child who comes into our shelter over the next year. In 2013, we served 157 children in our shelter and 66 children through our outreach program for a total of 223 children. With our expansion, we will over double our capacity, and we anticipate that we will work with 251 children this fiscal year. Please help us give them a warm, comforting welcome and a safe, secure start for the rest of their lives.
Thank you so much for the kindness and support you have provided for YCC.
Click HERE to sponsor a child.
For more information about upcoming events or to purchase tickets, please visit our events page by clicking HERE or contact Kelsey Askea, YCC's Special Events Coordinator, at (801) 689-1706 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Volunteers!
YCC Rape Recovery Program is in
need of volunteers!
The Rape Recovery Program has been very busy here at the YCC. Volunteers provide a valuable service to victims of rape and sexual assault. Volunteers are scheduled on the Rape Recovery Calendar from 6 pm to 6 am on weekdays, and 24 hours on call on Saturday and Sunday, from 6 am Saturday to 6 am Sunday, and from 6 am Sunday to 6 am Monday.
This may seem like a lot of time, and it is-but we ask that volunteers choose one day a week only to be on call. They can choose to be on call for more than one day, but are only required to be on call at least one day/evening.
Often the hours pass without a call out, but this program averages around eight call outs a month, and so they may get a call any time during their scheduled shift. A calendar goes out each month to volunteers so they can see when they are scheduled and they need to be available by telephone during their shift.
When called, the volunteer will usually respond to the Northern Utah Forensic Exam center in South Ogden, where they will meet with the victim and Nurse, and often law enforcement are present. Occasionally they may respond to one of the local hospitals.
In order to volunteer for this program, each individual will need to make an appointment and meet with the Rape Recovery Coordinator: Terrie Stephenson and can schedule the appointment by calling 801-689-1737. Following this interview they will need to fill out a background check (BCI) and submit this with a copy of I.D. and Social Security Card. Once the background check is approved a 40 hour UCASA (Utah Coalition against Sexual Assault) certification training needs to be completed.
The next 40 hour training will be held August 25
through August 29
here at the YCC and will be 8 am-5 pm daily, with a break for lunch. The cost of this training is paid by the YCC for volunteers who plan to be on the YCC Rape Recovery calendar.
Being a rape recovery volunteer takes compassion and courage. It is important to reach out to each victim of this devastating crime with information about services and hope for healing. This type of volunteer work is rewarding for both volunteer and those they serve.
Transitional Housing Program
My boys and I were victims of domestic violence back in March of 2011. Due to my abusers conviction for the incident, we were evicted in July of 2011, and had been homeless from then until October 22, 2012. It was extremely difficult to find housing due to the eviction on my credit report and the circumstances of the eviction not being classified by the credit report. Despite verification from my property managers, my protective order, and multiple police reports, I was still unable to find any affordable housing that would look at the situation and not just the credit report. From March of 2011 to July 2012, my abuser and his relatives slaked my boys and I tirelessly. I took a position as an over-the-road truck driver that allowed me to take my boys with me. Unfortunately, the business closed in July 2012, and the stalking continued. In late July of 2012, my best friend and I started making plans for us to move to Utah to be safer, and in August 2012, we relocated to Utah, and stayed with friends until moving into Your Community Connections domestic violence shelter on September 24th, 2012. Having continued difficulty finding work due to not having a sitter, my oldest boys being too old for daycare, yet too young to stay at the shelter while I was off property, and them not having a safe place to be while I worked, the situation seemed discouraging. I applied for and was approved for YCC's transitional housing, and we moved in on October 22, 2012. The housing has already greatly changed our situation in that we are in an actual apartment, are still receiving the benefits of domestic violence groups, self esteem groups, and parenting classes, as well as my boys being able to come home while I attend classes through people helping people, and actively job seek. I also have been able to enroll my boys in the local schools since we will be here longer than a month. Even though we are still considered "literally homeless" by many entities, we don't FEEL homeless, and we all feel a sense of pride to have a nice, spacious apartment that will be a great stepping stone to permanent housing. The YCC Transitional Housing rules and requirements seem daunting at first, but they are very manageable, reasonable, and I feel that they will ultimately help us be more successful in a permanent housing situation. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program and the groups, because I realize that our problems that stem from before the domestic violence, and have compounded since, didn't happen over night, and they aren't going to disappear in 30 days, but in another 6 months to a year, as long as we all keep working hard on the path to healing, we will be much better equipped to be successful after completing the program. For the short term, it is very exciting to have a place to call home, have friends to visit, and I'm looking very forward to starting work and being able to provide for my family.
Your Community Connection is so grateful to be able to offer the Transitional Housing Program to our clients that come into the shelter and meet the requirements. It is a privilege to watch as these families are able to start their lives over and start on their way to self sufficiency.