An open letter to our community:
As you may know, La Casa, Inc. is the only provider of comprehensive domestic violence services and support in Doña Ana County. We have been providing vital services to victims and families for over 35 years. Although we receive some funding from state, federal, and local sources we also must rely on the community to continue our mission to eliminate domestic violence and abuse in all forms.
Last year La Casa, Inc. was in a critical financial state that was so dire, there was a possibility of having to drastically cut services. Not surprisingly, the economic climate caused a decline in federal and state funding while at the same time community needs continued to rise. Fortunately, we were able to close the year in the black. The immediate response from individuals and business truly speaks extremely well for the community in which we live. La Casa, Inc. was able to stay on its feet and in turn able to help over 1,000 victims of domestic violence in the past 12 month period.
The residents of Doña Ana County really came through and we could not be more grateful. With that being said, La Casa, Inc. is not out of hot water by any means. The need for the peoples’ help is more crucial than ever. We cannot continue to provide effective services without continued support of the community. As we approach the end of our fiscal year we are asking you, our neighbors, our friends, our family to join us as we continue our mission.
Domestic violence and abuse is a serious public health issue that affects everyone in the community, not only the victims. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we can estimate that in Doña Ana County over the next year there will be 7,875 victims of domestic violence or abuse with a cost to the local economy of $5.5 million dollars.
Since domestic violence affects the whole community, the only way we are going to make progress in the battle to end the violence and abuse is for everyone to come together and address the problem as a community. That is why we are asking if 1,000 of our neighbors, our friends and our family could each donate $100 to help make our community a safer, better place.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT $100 CAN DO FOR VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES:
• PROVIDE MEALS TO 65 PEOPLE FOR 1 DAY IN THE SHELTER
• ENSURE SAFE BEDS FOR 7 CHILDREN FOR 1 NIGHT
• GIVE 1 HOUR OF GROUP HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE TO 8 CHILDREN
• PROVIDE 6 HOURS OF COUNSELING FOR ADULTS OR CHILDREN
• SUPPLY LEGAL SUPPORT FOR UP TO 12 VICTIMS TO ACCESS COURT FOR PROTECTIVE MEASURES
Your $100 can make a difference in the lives of so many. Please take a moment to make your tax-deductible donation today by visiting our website (www.lacasainc.org) to make a secure on-line donation.
2015-2016 Board President