NEWS About Sports, which launched in 2018, promotes sports as an opportunity to increase protective factors through violence prevention education. NEWS About Sports focuses on the positive impact of sports in the lives of children and young adults participating in Napa County athletic programs. Our proactive approach educates, inspires and reinforces positive values, norms and behaviors throughout our local sports pipeline to cultivate and support healthy individuals, teams and communities. We are partnering with local athletic departments and organizations to help them build gender-based violence prevention education programs within their organization.
While NEWS has been over here, piecing together funding, and working with landlords, to find safe and affordable housing for its survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, people were taking notice. In the past year and a half, the NEWS Self-Sufficiency & Housing team has helped over 150 families in Napa County. NEWS received grant funding to provide housing services to survivors of domestic violence in October of 2017 from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) when they funded 33 non-profit agencies to implement the Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) model. Since NEWS received the grant, 42 families who were rendered homeless, as a direct result of domestic violence, are living in apartments of their own thanks to subsidies and services provided by NEWS. An additional 54 were able to go from the homes they were no longer able to afford to new apartments, and 58 receive bridge funds to help them remain safely in their homes.
Earthquakes, fires, and floods have more in common with domestic violence and sexual abuse than you might think. There is fear, loss, uncertainty, and ongoing feelings of trauma related to something that happened to you that was not in your control. NEWS has a highly trained, caring, staff ready to be there with people who have these types of experiences.
NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTES $565,000 TO SUPPORT THOSE AFFECTED BY FIRES
Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) distributed $565,000 in grants today that will fund trusted community-based nonprofit agencies to support families and individuals impacted by the Napa Fire Complex who are in immediate need of assistance. The grants are earmarked for critical disaster-related needs, such as temporary shelter, food, medical care, mental health services, emergency childcare, transportation, resource/referral and case management services, legal services, and other human services for affected communities in Napa County.
The grants were made from the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, which is managed by NVCF and was established with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. After all phases of quake-related relief programs concluded last year, the Disaster Relief Fund had a balance of approximately $2.5 million, which is the starting point for current relief efforts for the Napa Fire Complex.
Blue Shield of California Foundation recognizes NEWS as a critical leader in California’s domestic violence field
NAPA, CA (August, 2, 2017) - Blue Shield of California Foundation announced today a grant of $20,000 to NEWS-Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Services to ensure its ongoing ability to care for, and advocate for, survivors of domestic violence and contribute to its prevention. These general operating funds are meant to provide NEWS with the flexibility to leverage new ideas as well as respond to new changes and challenges ahead.