BOISE, Idaho — The Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Boise has been awarded a grant of $52,000 from the John F. Nagel Foundation to help women and children fleeing domestic and/or sexual violence environments.
“The funding will support the WCA’s emergency shelter and transitional home, and provide critical program services to approximately 23 individuals -- many of whom are accompanied by children. These services include counseling and therapeutic services, case management, life skills, financial education and nurturing parenting classes, court advocacy and childcare,” explained WCA Communications Manager Christine Davis.
Domestic violence is one of the primary causes of homelessness for women and children. And, research indicates that the highest risk of physical danger is often during or following the separation.
“The support from the Nagel Foundation will afford individuals impacted by the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual assault the opportunity to participate in the agency’s vast direct victim-services program that is designed to encourage self-reliance, enhance self-regard and to promote independence and personal safety,” said WCA Deputy Director Bev La Chance.
During the last fiscal year, the WCA provided 11,132 safe-bed nights to 182 women and children through the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs. This means they were able to sleep without fear – something most people take for granted.
The John F. Nagel Foundation supports nonprofit organizations throughout southwest Idaho and has funded the work of the WCA for more than a decade.
The Nagel Foundation was formed in 1989 in memory of John F. Nagel and his son Jack Nagel, former owner/operators of Nagel Beverage Company in Boise. The Foundation has awarded over $20 million for charitable purposes in southwest Idaho since its inception in 1989.