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Message from the Executive Director

Posted Dec 22, 2016

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Season’s Greetings! Our community supporters continue to provide a great deal of hope and practical supports to the residents of WIN House. With this generous support from yourselves and others like you we are happy to report a number of successes for 2016. Not only were we able cater to over 300 families in need through our residential and outreach programs, WIN House also achieved a number of organizational milestones that we anticipate will equip us with the necessary tools and resources to provide even higher quality services into the future.

For instance, we’ve invested in our human resources, providing them with leading edge training in trauma informed practices, and focused efforts on staff wellness, team building and other essential training. We invested in our community by re-branding and refining our messaging around family violence intervention and prevention. When others were cancelling their community activities, we held our first ‘inaugural’ gala in almost 50 years to finally share real life domestic violence stories; stories of those who inspire us daily. We celebrated their successes because we learn and derive strength from them and we poised the Gala as an opportunity to relay that strength onto others. The gala also provided us an opportunity to thank our donors and even make new friends of WIN House.

With these and other practical initiatives, foremost, we invested in children exposed to domestic violence -facility upgrades, playground enhancements, trauma informed child care, early intervention school program participation -all of these help increase children’s resiliency and reduces the likelihood of an intergenerational
cycle of violence continuing.

Together, we create a safer and healthier community. Your interest in WIN House and willingness to dialogue about unpleasant and complex social issues, as well as your feedback to us, all helped make our progress happen. Many of you have even provided free services and In-kind
donations throughout the year.

To all of our supporters, we continue to invite you to share your ideas and explore ways we may collaborate together to stretch our charitable dollars even further to enhance or improve services.

On behalf of our staff and the families we serve, I once again thank you, and wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.

Tess's Signature

Tess Gordey, MSW, RSW
Executive Director
WIN House