If you or someone you know has been a victim of Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse, please contact our NEWS team. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide resources and support. Please call our Help Line, (707) 255-NEWS, or contact us online HERE.
You can remain anonymous, or you can come see us in person from 8 to 5 M-F at our business office, 1141 Pear Tree Lane, Suite 220, in Napa. All services are free and confidential. We won’t judge or tell you what to do. We can be a sounding board for you and can offer you information and resources.
NEWS services are available to everyone, regardless of immigration status.
Note: unless noted, stock photos are used and minor details edited to protect the survivor's anonymity
“Kelsea and I want the kids to know that there are people out there who care about their education. The youth are the future and we want to help them and their families not have to worry about the stress of affording school supplies. We want to take some of that pressure off of their shoulders and let them focus on their education.”
(Tony & Kelsea Aguilera, Bodega Shipping Co NV, Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence (KEDS) Program)
“I needed a California Driver’s license so I could drive my daughter to school and get to my new job. I had outstanding tickets from another state that I escaped my abuser from that needed to be paid in order to get the driver’s license. NEWS braided funds from a variety of sources to pay off my fines and fees. They even called the court in the other state and also did what was necessary to get my bench warrant dismissed. I was then able to get my license. They estimated that it cost about $3,000, but it changed the course of my life forever.”
(Woman, Napa, Self Sufficiency & Housing Program)
“Just when you walk in to NEWS, even the way they greet you…they’ll offer you a beverage…It’s just like, I don’t know, you just feel like they are happy that you are here, and that you’re not bothering them, and everyone the way that they speak is very…I don’t know what it is. It’s just a demeanor, I guess. I feel especially contrasted with places like the welfare office or court where you really are on the defense. Like ‘What do you want? Prove it. Where are your documents?’ They’re never like that here. They’re like, ‘Okay, we can work with that. Don’t worry about it.’ I guess it’s a little thing, but it is…it’s just the way that they talk is like you’re a real person. They’re happy that you are here.”
(Woman, St. Helena, Crisis Intervention Services)
“Thank you Lili so much for everything. You are like my best friend and like someone who always hears me out no matter what happens in my life. I give you a million Thank Yous because you don’t know how much that means to me. Thank you. Plus, do you know that the first time I saw you I was very nervous to talk to you, but during the days I realized that you were, and still are, very nice. I need to tell you something. I know for sure that you’re not my mom, but I’ll still say this to you. “I LOVE U” and you don’t know how much.”
(Girl, Age 11, Napa, Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence Shelter Program)
“I left my abusive husband after 25 years of marriage. After a short stay at the NEWS shelter I continued working with my case manager, Alejandra, which included therapy for my depression and anxiety, and a re-entry vocational training program. After training, I found a full-time job as an administrative assistant and was able to afford my own apartment with some help with the security deposit. My next goal was to apply for US citizenship. I studied very hard and passed the test. Alejandra drove me to San Francisco on July 12, 2018, where I was sworn in as a new US Citizen! I am extremely grateful for the assistance that I received from NEWS, and now, I’m doing what I can to pay it forward and help our community through my new job.”
(Maria E., American Canyon, Crisis Intervention Services. The photo used in this Reflections story is actually Maria on the day that she received her citizenship, not a stock photo. It is used with Maria’s permission, as she is very proud of her accomplishment and would like everyone to know how she was helped.)