SAFETY ALERT: Computer use is traceable and Internet activities can never be fully erased from your hard drive. If you think your computer use might be monitored please find a safer place to surf the web, like at a friend's house or the public library. Or call the 24 hour domestic violence hotline at (707) 255-NEWS (6397) if you are in Napa County or (800) 799-7233 if you are outside of Napa County. If you are viewing our site and need to get away quickly to an unrelated site, click the red ESCAPE button in the upper right corner and you will be redirected. Please test this feature on your computer RIGHT NOW to ensure you are comfortable using it.

En Español Continue

ALERTA DE SEGURIDAD: El uso de una computadora puede ser identificado y actividades en la internet nunca pueden ser totalmente eliminadas del disco duro. Si piensas que tu uso de computadora posiblemente esta siendo monitoriado favor de encontrar un  lugar seguro donde puedas navegar la red social, por ejemplo la casa de una amistad confiable o la biblioteca publica. O llama a nuestra  linea de Violencia Domestica disponible las 24 horas al 707-255-NEWS (6397) si te encuentras en el Valle de Napa, o a este (800) 799-7233 si te encuentras fuera del Condado de Napa. Si estas visitando nuestra pagina y necesitas salirte rapidamente a una pagina no relacionada, oprime el boton rojo de ESCAPE arriba en la esquina de la mano derecha y seras desviado/a. Favor de probar este función en su computadara AHORA MISMO para asegurarse que se sienta comodo/a usando esta función.

Los servicios de NEWS están disponibles para todos, independientemente del estatus migratorio.

In English Continuar
707-255-NEWS (6397)




Mom Accomplishes Big Dreams

When I think of success, I always think of our survivors big accomplishments. One of the moms I worked with reminded me that success is in the small steps you make every day.

Dona went into our shelter about five years ago. Ever since then, she has been participating in the NEWS Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence (KEDS) Program. She was determined to make sure she and her children never end up in an abusive situation, like she had in the past, again. Financially, Dona has always struggled, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dreams and making sure her children are in a home free from domestic violence.

Every Wednesday Dona and her two children attended our support groups, never missing a week and always getting there early.  Her children, Tami and David are now teenagers, new to the dating scene. They have been attending the NEWS Youth Matters Program where teens receive coaching about healthy relationships. Dona wants to make sure they learn about dating safety, relationships, and red flags. Tami is finishing high school this year and was able to get support at school from our NEWS staff.

Dona’s dream was to get her GED, and one day work in a drug and alcohol center. Thanks to help from Ana, our NEWS Law Enforcement Liaison at the Monarch Family Justice Center, Dona was able to take her English GED test and she PASSED! This was not only scary for her, since she does have a learning disability, but she didn’t have a computer or internet fast enough to take her test. Ana was able to help me arrange a quiet space and computer for her at the Monarch Center.

She was so grateful and had teary eyes. She is so thankful for NEWS and everything we have done for her. To her, we are not just an agency, but we are her family. She has her science and math test coming up, and if she passes, she will be getting her GED. Not only that, but NEWS advocates are also helping Dona look into internship programs with local non-profits.

Dona is a reminder that small accomplishments in our daily life, lead us to accomplishing our big dreams.

Elizabeth Alfaro, NEWS Kids Exposed to Domestic Violence (KEDS) Program Manager