International Women's Day felt different for many of us in 2021 - we witnessed both the swearing in of the first female Vice President in history and the disappearance of millions of women from the workforce due to the distance learning and shelter in place. We wanted to find a nonprofit in our new home of Ventura that worked to lift women and marginalized communities up - and we were so fortunate to find Interface!
This amazing nonprofit is providing resources and support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Their mission is "strengthening children, families and communities to be safe, healthy and thriving." Interface provides 30 programs areas including mental health and trauma treatment, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, youth crisis & homelessness, human trafficking, justice services, early child and family development, and 2-1-1 information and assistance in 40 California counties. That's huge!
Some Important Statistics
And in regard to youth in crisis: According to the Ventura County Office of Education, in 2018, 5,291 students were temporarily doubled up or at-risk of homelessness. 538, or 10% of them met the federal definition of homelessness.
Etta + Billie's core values are kindness, care, and helping others out. We have always contributed to nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area that serve as a safe haven or resource center for women and families that need it. Interface's work is so important because of their comprehensive support system AND the extremely profound work that they do. We highly encourage our E+B network to sign up for their newsletter, check out their blog, and contribute!
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