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by Cris Wright, Boise ID

Cris Wright delivered a donation check from Bigelow to the Woman’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise.  For more than 30 years they have provided a safe haven for women and children dealing with domestic abuse and sexual assault.  Not only do they provide a safe place to stay, they also provide counseling and court advocacy.  They help their clients get on their feet and back into the community.
Here is a success story from one of their clients.
Now that my time at the WCA is coming to an end, there are several things I want to say.
I want to thank you for allowing us to stay here. Thank you for what you do here on a daily basis. For the care and consideration you have shown. I appreciate that we have been a welcome here and that we have had a safe place to grow and heal.
I was lost and I didn't have the tools to care for myself let alone my daughter. I was crippled, if not paralyzed, by the tapes that played in my head. I didn't understand how to be good to myself and was in no position to teach my child how to take good care of herself. I was teaching her what not to do but in no way was able to be the example I desired to be. I feel rescued. We have been rescued.
First you gave me permission to have wings and then from day to day you taught me to fly. You are all important, each and every one of you. From my own experience here at the shelter, sometimes a simple smile or acknowledgement from a staff member made the difference in how I felt about myself. It gave me a sense of belonging. I have never felt like we were a burden or that what we needed or wanted was any trouble. You made me feel that it was okay to ask for help or for advice. I know now, I can ask for help and that there are people who are willing to reach back once they know of a need. Thank you again for everything. Thank you for the platform. I will use it to go far. I believe with all my heart we will make it.
You invested in our lives and what you did mattered. I personally will remember each and every one of you who contributed to our time here. The time we had here was a blessing without measure. This time of my life has been a journey of depth, healing and growth, learning to believe in others and finally myself. With a heart of gratitude.
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