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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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