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In this edition, you'll meet McKenna Pressley, our Human Trafficking Youth Ambassador. There's also a recap of June's Guest Chef Series fundraiser, an update on programs at our Goshen Family Center, and more.

Family Services is always on the lookout for volunteers to join our dedicated team of crisis counselors. We provide 40-hour certification training so you'll be ready to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault find safety and hope. Training starts in August!

Family Services has partnered with the City of Visalia on a pilot project through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that brings case management and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or are at immediate risk of becoming homeless.

A new outreach project at Family Services is replicating a model that has been successful in the healthcare field with health education, but to reach out to Spanish-speaking women who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking.

Family Services provides the only comprehensive legal assistance program available to victims in Tulare County seeking relief in legal matters arising as a consequence of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking. Our free, holistic services are available to any victim, but we place special emphasis on outreach to those who face special barriers to getting help.

Family Services is always on the lookout for volunteers to join our dedicated team of crisis counselors. We provide 40-hour certification training so you'll be ready to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault find safety and hope. Training starts this month!

In our Winter 2017 edition of "Family Matters" you'll read about Tulare County's new Domestic Violence High Risk team, a multi-disciplinary approach to preventing domestic violence homicides. There are also client Stories of Hope and a recap of our fall fundraising efforts. Thanks for reading!

"The High Risk Team Model is an evidence-based practice that we believe will save lives. If we can predict the cases that could become lethal, we can prevent them, and that's what this team will work together to do."
-- Caity Meader, Executive Director

Being exposed to trauma can change the way our brains function. Family Services has been refining its practices to become trauma-informed. That means we do our best to take these brain changes into account when we work with people, creating an environment that promotes physical and emotional safety, reduces the risk of re-traumatization, and creates pathways for healing.

Luis's story, focusing on Family Services' Trauma-Informed Value of Choice

Danielle's story, focusing on Family Services' Trauma-Informed Value of Collaboration.

Zachary's story, focusing on Family Services' Trauma-Informed Value of Empowerment.

Maria's story, focusing on Family Services' Trauma-Informed Value of Safety.

Jack's story, focusing on Family Services' Trauma-Informed Value of Trustworthiness.

One day. Hundreds of businesses and organizations. Dozens of volunteers. Three thousand live plants. More than $30,000 raised for Family Services’ mission. Thank you for your support!

In our Summer 2017 edition of "Family Matters" we hear from Family Services' resident human trafficking expert, Jennifer Boteilho, who answers some of the most common questions people have been asking about our newest project, The Freedom House. There's also a recap of our successful 9th Annual Guest Chef Series event. Thanks for reading!

On March 28, Family Services celebrated the grand opening of the Freedom House, a new resource center for survivors of human trafficking and drop-in center for youth at risk for trafficking. Jennifer Noelani Boteilho, Family Services’ resident human trafficking services expert, oversees the Freedom House and the Rape Crisis Center. She’s answering a few of the most common questions people have been asking about our work with human trafficking survivors.

Are you looking to make a real difference in the lives of domestic violence or sexual assault survivors in our community? Consider being part of our volunteer training courses this fall to become a certified Domestic Violence Counselor or Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor. We are also adding a new two-day class for potential volunteers who would like to work with human trafficking survivors.

In March, Family Services opened Freedom House, our new resource center for survivors of human trafficking. Watch this quick video to learn more about Freedom House.

Family Services held its 9th Annual Guest Chef Series event on Saturday, June 17. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, donors, and volunteers, the event raised $95,000 to help children, adults, and families throughout Tulare County heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us to learn how sexual violence affects children and adults in our community and to support prevention efforts and comprehensive services for survivors.

We just released Family Services' 2016 Annual Report. Take a look to learn more about our programs, impact, supporters, and financials. With the support of our incredible community of donors, volunteers, and partners, Family Services is building safety in homes, in relationships, and for children--creating a safer community where everyone can thrive.

Save the date and plan to join Family Services on June 17th for our signature annual fundraiser, the Guest Chef Series. Tickets will be available soon!

This morning, MyVoice member Jasmine was off to Washington DC to represent Woodlake, Tulare County, and Family Services at the This Gen Youth Summit. Jasmine was one of only 80 students nationwide selected to attend.

Two local survivors of domestic violence are soon moving with their children into transitional housing apartments, and we are seeking donations of furniture and household items to make these apartments feel like home.

In October, the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime awarded a $1.4 million, three-year grant to Family Services, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office to strengthen the Tulare County Human Trafficking Task Force, help pay for investigations, and offer essential services for victims. Learn about what the partners are doing to combat human trafficking and help victims in our community.

Read about Ashley Cain, a volunteer domestic violence crisis counselor who first came to Karen's House when she was only four years old with her mother. Now she is sharing hope with women and children who are going through what she and her mom went through years ago.

Family Services, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, Tulare County Adult Protective Services, and the Tulare County Sheriff‘s Office are working together to enhance collaboration and response to victims of abuse in later life in Tulare County.

Read a note from FSTC Executive Director Caity Meader about how we increased the capacity of our emergency domestic violence shelter by 10%, while adding the flexibility to shelter male victims of domestic violence and their children.

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