NEWS was formed in 1981 when a group of community members realized there was no safe place for women and children to go when they were fleeing abuse at home. Volunteers had been taking battered women and their children into their own homes to protect them, and the need for a safe shelter was clear. Our founders worked in partnership with local leaders to acquire a house where women and children could find safety and support, and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
Today NEWS has grown into a strong organization with a dedicated group of staff and volunteer domestic violence and sexual assault counselors, providing direct client services as well as shelter 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to approximately 1200 people each year. We work on prevention through education and outreach programs.
Support for NEWS comes from many sources. The largest portion of our funding comes from grants from federal, state, and local sources such as the Auction Napa Valley. Our community fundraising events make up part of our budget, and we depend on the generosity of individuals and community groups who support us in our mission.
The NEWS Board of Directors is a group of leaders from a wide cross-section of the Napa community, providing governance and support to help NEWS meet its mission. They give their time, talents, and support to keep NEWS going strong, always guided by the belief that everyone deserves a safe place to call home.
Board of Directors
President: Sandra Re Sims
Vice President: Danis Kreimeier
Secretary: Danielle Schmitz
Treasurer: Lance Spears
Executive Director: Tracy Lamb
Honorary Board of Directors
Mike Thompson, Congressman
Doug Ernst, in Memoriam
Kathryn Hall, Hall Winery
Rick Jones, Jones Family Vineyards
Gary Lieberstein, District Attorney
Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools
Brad Wagenknecht, County Board of Supervisors
If you would like to become a part of the movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community there are many ways to get involved. Become a volunteer, give financial support, attend a NEWS event such as the annual Candle Light Vigil in October, or apply to become a member of the NEWS Board of Directors.
Client Non-Discrimination Clause: All individuals receive services without discrimination of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, age, pregnancy, marital status, or national origin. To receive services in an environment which is safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, protected by confidentiality and to have access to written information about oneself. To receive information about mental health services and other social services. This organization will comply with all applicable federal and state laws designed to assure non-discrimination for these services.
In accordance with the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (426 U.S.C. 10401 et seq.), NEWS does not mandate participation in supportive services as a condition of shelter residency or emergency services. Therefore, NEWS services are completely voluntary and require the consent of an individual in order to provide services.