Laura’s House Women’s Guild and LARCS to Present “Chic & Whimsy—Tea & Fashion Show” in Ladera Ranch

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Chic and Whimsy Tea and Fashion Show

Ladera Ranch, Calif., March 25, 2014Laura’s House, which is 2014 is celebrating 20 years of serving individuals and families affected by domestic violence, today announced that the Laura’s House Women’s Guild, in partnership with Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS), will host the first annual “Chic & Whimsy—Tea & Fashion Show” on Saturday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Covenant Hills Clubhouse in Ladera Ranch.

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The mother-daughter tea and fashion event will include a beautifully crafted runway fashion show featuring all the surprises of spring. The fashion show models will be volunteers and friends of Laura’s House. Guests will enjoy a fabulous tea service catered by Something Special Catering of Dove Canyon, and entertainment by DJ Soni Star.

As part of the first annual mother-daughter tea, Laura’s House is pleased to be honoring The Jacqueline Glass Family, a long-time supporter of Laura’s House.

“Over the years, Jacqueline and her family have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to Laura’s House mission to ‘end the silence’ of domestic violence, attending many of the annual galas and other events, and providing generous financial support to help the individuals and families we serve build lives that are free of violence,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director for Laura’s House. “We are especially delighted to have her daughter, Joanna James, as a member of our Women’s Guild, as well as the support of her other daughter, Jamie Born, who is one of our long-time volunteers who generously helps out each year with our Alumni Holiday Party.”

The first annual “Chic & Whimsy—Tea & Fashion Show,” will feature guest speaker Kayla Tibbett, a survivor of teen dating abuse, as well as a special appearance from Alice and the Mad Hatter who will delight guests of all ages with games in the courtyard, etiquette lessons, photo opportunities, and a special reading of “Alice in Wonderland” from Alice herself!

Guests at the event will also have an opportunity to bid on a selection of silent auction items and participate in a drawing for a Corum Ladies’ Watch, valued at $2,500 and donated by Lisa Fujimoto.

Sponsors for “Chic & Whimsy—Tea  & Fashion Show” include Verizon Wireless; The Women and Girls of the Jacqueline Glass Family; and, Lisa Fujimoto.

Tickets are on sale now, and are $40 for adults and $20 for children. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.laurashouse.org/springtea.html or call (949) 361-3775.

The Laura’s House Women’s Guild is a group of local women whose mission is to advocate and engage the community in supporting Ladera Ranch-based Laura’s House. For more information visit www.laurashouse.org/guild.

Connect with Laura’s House on social media to learn more about programs, services, upcoming events and more. You can reach us at:

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About Laura’s House

The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

In 2014, Laura’s House is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. During the past 20 years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 45,000 persons.

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Laura’s House Releases 2013 Agency Outcomes

Posted on Friday, March 21st 2014

Through its comprehensive range of domestic violence programs and services, Laura’s House touched the lives of more than 25,000 thousand women, men and children during 2013

Ladera Ranch, Calif., March 19, 2014Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, today announced the release of its 2013 Agency Outcomes Report.

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Some of the highlights of the Agency Outcomes Report include:

  • Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, Laura’s House reached more than 25,000 individuals through its 24-hour Crisis Hotline and Safety Net; Emergency Shelter and Support Services; Transitional Living Center Program; Counseling and Resource Center; Legal Department; Educations and Prevention; and, Community Engagement programs.
  • 2,649 callers were provided with crisis intervention through the Laura’s House 24-Hour Crisis Hotline – a 9.4% increase from 2012.
  • 314 individuals participated in the Laura’s House Emergency Shelter Program – a 3.3% increase from 2012.
  • 7,556 Bed Days were provided through the Emergency Shelter program – a 16.5% increase from 2012.
  • 9 adults and 13 children participated in the Transitional Living Center Program – an 83% increase from 2012.
  • 3,138 Bed Days were provided through the Transitional Living Center Program – a 272% increase from 2012.
  • 474 volunteers contributed 10,341 hours of service – an increase of 27.5% from 2012.

“There continues to be great demand for our services, especially for crisis intervention, and short-term and long-term housing for individuals and families who are affected by domestic violence,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “This rise in demand is reflected in our 2013 Agency Outcomes report, which demonstrated a significant increase in the number of Bed Days we provided last year, especially in our Transitional Living Center Program, which offers long-term assistance to graduates of our Emergency Shelter Program, enabling them to continue to achieve self-sufficiency, and build lives that are free of violence.”

In 2014, Laura’s House is commemorating 20 years of serving those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence, and over the last several years, has expanded its capacity to meet greater demand for crisis intervention and shelter services. In December 2011, Laura’s House completed the Emergency Shelter Rebuild project, followed by the grand opening of its Transitional Living Center Program in February 2012. Both projects were funded by the $4.5 million Cornerstone Capital Campaign; with the expansion of the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Program, Laura’s House is now able to provide shelter to 175 more clients per year, than it could previous to the expansion, representing a 93% increase in program capacity, and a 15% increase in capacity for emergency shelter services within Orange County.

“Laura’s House is tremendously grateful for the financial support we receive from individuals, corporations and foundations within our community, who have made domestic violence services a funding priority,” continued Bayston. “We are also especially thankful for our staff and volunteers, whose ongoing commitment and dedication to ‘ending the silence’ is making it possible for us to continue to increase the number of individuals and families we are able to assist in building lives that are free of violence.”

For the complete 2013 Agency Outcomes Report, please visit http://bit.ly/1kGc6be.

Connect with Laura’s House on social media to learn more about programs, services, upcoming events and more. You can reach us at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurasHouseOC
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/Lauras_House
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/LaurasHouseOC

About Laura’s House

The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse. Since 1994, Laura’s House has provided 24-hour crisis hotline, residential shelter and support services, counseling, legal assistance and life skills education to those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, throughout Southern California and beyond.

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Dana Point Resident and Businesswoman Hosts Annual “Clothes Exchange Party” for Laura’s House

Posted on Monday, March 3rd 2014

For 16 years, Dana Point resident and businesswoman, Diane Smith has been hosting a one-day “Clothes Exchange Party” at her home to benefit local charities, including Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence.

For Diane, the “Clothes Exchange Party” has always been a “win, win, win” situation. “Each winter, my friends and neighbors look forward to having the opportunity to clean out their closets, and then come home after the exchange with new items that they didn’t have to pay for,” said Smith. “The best part is that they get the satisfaction of knowing that this annual ritual is helping local charities, like Laura’s House, provide much needed programs and services to those in need.”

This year, the “Clothes Exchange Party” took place at Diane’s home in Dana Point on Sunday, February 23. More than 50 women joined in for an afternoon of shopping, fun, fellowship and networking, sponsored by Diane’s interior design firm, Resort Living Interiors. “I love the fact that in addition to helping local charities, I am also providing an opportunity for my friends and neighbors to help local business women network and grow their businesses, through the annual ‘Clothes Exchange Party’,” said Smith.

Following the “Clothes Exchange Party,” more than 2,000 pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories were collected for Laura’s House. Donated items will be given to the women and children served by the Laura’s House shelter. Additionally, donations will be used by the Laura’s House Resale Store in Lake Forest, which sells gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, collectibles and artwork to generate income to support the programs and services offered by Laura’s House.

“We are grateful to Diane for her steadfast support, and each year look forward to the amazing donations that come from the ‘Clothes Exchange Party’,” said Rhonda Smith, General Manager, Laura’s House Resale Store. “This event is just one of the many ways that members of our local community are engaging with Laura’s House and helping us ‘end the silence’ of domestic violence.”

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Guest Blog: Why I Support Laura’s House in Shining a Light on Teen Dating Abuse

Posted on Thursday, February 27th 2014

By Sandy Jacobson

Many people initially become involved in Laura’s House because they want to help those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence, and provide women with an opportunity to gain a fresh start.  However, Laura’s House is much more than an organization that provides shelter, and they do much more than help women. In fact, Laura’s House offers a comprehensive range of services including emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, transitional housing, legal support services, counseling and community education to men, women and children alike.

One of things about Laura’s House that I did not know when  joined the Board of Directors is that the cycle of domestic violence starts early on, and that abusive relationships can affect our children throughout their lifetime. The reality is that many parents still do not believe their children can be affected by an abusive relationship. It is easy for us to believe, “It cannot happen here in Orange County,” or “It cannot happen to me.”  Unfortunately, the statistics demonstrate domestic violence is happening here in Orange County, and the fact is domestic violence can happen to anyone, and it occurs in all cities and in all socioeconomic groups. Domestic Violence knows no boundaries.

As a parent of two children in junior high school, with about to enter high school, it is extremely important to me (as with most parents anywhere) that I do everything in my power to keep my children safe. Although we cannot protect our children from every bad circumstance they encounter, we can educate and prepare them for the inevitable challenges they will face in their lives.

We all know that children don’t always listen to their parents, so being told the facts about abuse by someone other than their parents has greater potential to open their eyes to the fact that abuse exists, but it does not have to continue.

Earlier this month, Laura’s House hosted a Candlelight Vigil for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This annual event provides education to parents and teenagers about abusive relationships and the signs, signals and symptoms of an unhealthy relationship. The event also honors a young Orange County woman who lost her life as a result of an abusive relationship.

This year, more than 400 people came out to join us for the Candlelight Vigil! Marissa Presley, Bilingual Prevention and Education Specialist spoke at the event, along with my fellow board member Dr. Jill Murray, a nationally-recognized expert on dating abuse spoke. We were also pleased to have U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez join us for thee event. She shared a few words on the importance of educating young adults and teens on dating violence, and presented Laura’s House with a Certificate of Recognition for its efforts to stem the tide of dating abuse here in Southern California.

I am proud to support Laura’s House in ending the cycle of domestic violence, and I would encourage everyone who has a teen in their life to check out the Laura’s House Teen Website at www.laurashouse/lhteen, to learn more about the educational programs and services that Laura’s House provides to the community.

Sandy Jacobson lives in Irvine, has served on the Laura’s House Board of Directors since 2011, and is a partner in the Orange County office of the law firm of Allen Matkins, LLP.

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Laura’s House Invites Donors to Leave a Lasting Legacy through Planned Giving

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th 2014

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the organization is recognizing those in the community who choose to make provisions in their long-term financial plans and support future growth and sustainability of its programs for individuals and families affected by domestic violence

LADERA RANCH, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence, while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, is celebrating its 20th anniversary by inviting donors to leave a lasting legacy by making provisions for the organization in their long-term financial planning.

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Through Laura’s House Legacy Society, donors who make a future gift to Laura’s House in their will, through a bequest, or through life insurance, an annuity or trust arrangement, will be become members of an elite group of individuals who are committed to sustaining the programs and services that Laura’s House provides to the community, well into the future.

“The Laura’s House Legacy Society is designed to ensure that Laura’s House continues to be a prominent fixture in the Orange County community, providing much-needed resources for individuals and families who are building lives that are free of violence,” said Helen H. Timpe CFP® Wealth Advisor with Morgan Stanley and Laura’s House Board Member. “As Laura’s House celebrates its 20th anniversary, we are looking forward to expanding the group of individuals who have already made provisions for a future gift, to include even more donors who are committed to sustaining the future of the organization.”

“Laura’s House Legacy Society provides friends and donors with a wonderful opportunity to leave a charitable legacy,” said Jeff Swanson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, OCCF. “These gifts not only ensure the future stability for the programs and services offered by Laura’s House, they meet the estate and planned giving needs of each individual donor.”

Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director for Laura’s House said, “Since 1994, Laura’s House has been tremendously blessed by the generosity of the local community in providing the much-needed financial support that has enabled us to offer safe refuge, counseling and educational programs for those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. While this support is necessary in maintaining our program excellence and expansion of programs and services, the long-term gifts made possible through Laura’s House Legacy Society will help us sustain our organization, so that future generations can continue to benefit from our programs and services.”

Laura’s House will be hosting a series of Legacy Salons this year, and upcoming dates will be posted at the Laura’s House Website.

To become a member of Laura’s House Legacy Society, donors are offered a variety of options including the ability to make a deferred gift to Laura’s House through their will or trust or estate, name Laura’s House as a beneficiary to all or part of the proceeds from a retirement plan or life insurance policy, or make a gift of cash or publicly traded securities. Contributions from Laura’s Legacy Society members will be used to create endowment funds, which will serve as investment or savings accounts, the income from which, in whole or in part, may be applied to budgeted operations for Laura’s House in future years.

Those who become members of the Laura’s House Legacy Society, , will have their names prominently displayed on the Laura’s House Website, and receive invitations to annual recognition celebrations and other special events.

Donors who make a deferred gift for Laura’s House Legacy Society may, in some cases, experience certain tax and estate planning benefits. A specialist is available to discuss the various giving plans, and assist donors in meeting their financial needs and desires. Laura’s House also recommends that donors consult their own attorney or professional investment advisor prior to making an endowment gift.

For more information, visit the Laura’s House website at http://www.laurashouse.org or call the Laura’s House Development office at (949) 361-3775.

Connect with Laura’s House on social media to learn more about programs, services, upcoming events and more. You can reach us at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurasHouseOC
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/Lauras_House
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/LaurasHouseOC

About Laura’s House

Since 1994, Laura’s House has provided residential shelter and support services to nearly 4,000 families, and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 50,000 individuals. The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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