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(The new FACES of NCCJ)
A WORD FROM...
 
PatMitchell 

Many thanks to the 320 guests who attended our May fundraising lunch.  A  very special "thank you" goes out to our table hosts who did an amazing job of inviting exceptional guests to our event.  I'm delighted to announce that we raised over $190,000 that day!  

 

We were pleased to introduce a wonderful video about our Camp Everytown program at the luncheon.  If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyPW0Gt8_5s.  You'll be amazed by the power this experience has in the lives of our high school students -- even years later.

 

I hope these summer months provide some rest and relaxation (and warmer temperatures?) for you and those you love.

 

Pat Mitchell, SFCC

Executive Director 

WHAT A FIRST!

  

Our first annual
Building a Community Together luncheon
 
To everyone who made this luncheon such a success:
our profound thanks and greatest appreciation.

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Left to right: Kevin Stone, CEO, Edcaliber and event sponsor; Rob Fox, President, Markovits & Fox; Ruth Fox; Karen Storey; Mark Waxman, Chief Marketing Officer, CBIZ; Carl Cookson, President, Business Connections and FACES Board Chair; Elaine Curran, Executive Director, Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation

 

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Lef to right: Nancy Weeks, FACES Building Connections Facilitator; Dr. Anne Rosche, Independent Counselor & Consultant, Rosche & Associates; Frank Biehl, Board Trustee, East Side  Union High School District; Melanie Aron, Rabbi, Congregation Shir Hadash and FACES board member; Elise Wolf; Judith Hurley

 

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IT COULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT YOU

Our sincere thanks for making our

Building a Community Together

luncheon so successful

 

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ABOVE AND BEYOND
 
 
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Left to right: Saher Stephan, FACES Compensation Unit Supervisor; Pat Mitchell, FACES Executive Director; Rolanda Pierre-Dixson, Assistant District Attorney for Santa Clara County; Elisa Kuhl, FACES Advocacy Unit Supervisor; Shelly Cohen, FACES Claims Analyst; Valerie McGuire, Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County; Lisa Gomez, FACES Victim Advocate 

The Victim Support Network for Santa Clara County, founded in 1993, was formed to enhance the quality and quantity of services for crime victims.  Each year, the Victim Support Network sponsors the "Unsung Hero" awards,  recognizing people who have gone above and beyond to help crime victims.   

 

This year, we were proud to nominate Valerie McGuire as FACES' Unsung Hero for 2011. 

Valerie received her award on April 21at the

San Jose Police Officers Association Hall.

 

Deputy District Attorney Valerie McGuire joined the Santa Clara County's Office of the District Attorney in 2006.  Her current work involves adult and child sexual assault cases.  Valerie works closely with FACES' Victim Witness advocates to ensure that victims have access to adequate support, counseling and are introduced to the criminal court process before they have to testify. She is dedicated to ensuring that victims and their families have the necessary support in the hardest time of their lives.  We have witnessed the amazing bonds she builds with crime victims and know that these are built upon her sensitivity to their courtroom experience, her compassion towards them and her desire to go above and beyond to help them.  Valerie, we salute you!

 

A STRANGER IS JUST A FRIEND YOU HAVEN'T MET YET 

 
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You hear Richard Valenzuela, Silicon Valley FACES' Everytown Director, say that to the students
who attend our premier program, Camp Everytown.  It's Richard's way of letting the students know that they will have many opportunities to make friends with the many strangers they will encounter throughout their lives, and many opportunities to break down the barriers of race, ethnicity and religion that divide us.  And now the teachers and administrators of Ann Sobrato High School are hearing Richard's words all over campus.
  
Because of the generosity of Craig and Sally Nordlund and the Morgan Family Foundation, a delegation of students from Sobrato High School (shown above) recently returned from their very first Camp Everytown.   
  
Sabrina was one of the delegates selected to go.  She came back and wrote an article for the Morgan Hill Times where she said, "Camp Everytown was truly a unique and eye-opening experience that left us all with new respect for each other and new incentive to combat violence and discrimination."  
  
Patty Healy, a teacher and counselor at Sobrato, recruited the delegates and has already commented on the change on campus.  "There is an energy from the delegates that is completely different than what you see in other students; a change within each one that only they can explain, and they have no problem letting people see this new, more mature, respectful and genuinely kind-hearted person they have become.  Even staff who did not attend Everytown are commenting on the delegates having a more mature attitude in class and being more respectful to their peers."
  
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WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
 
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County of Santa Clara

Department of Aging and Adult Services

 

Presents

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

 

June 15, 2011

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

         County Government Center

   70 West Hedding Street, San Jose

For more information contact Renee Paquier at 408.975.4906

 

WHAT'S UP WITH THE STAFF?
 
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Cleaner air for everyone! 
Silicon Valley FACES' employees kept five cars off the road on Bike to Work Day on May 12.  Left to right: Daniel Catania, Carmelo Ortiz, Lien Le, Suefow Saephan and Ashoorina Barreto.  Not to worry: Carmelo (second from the left) had just swallowed a bug. 
  
  
  
  
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, sponsored by the YWCA Silicon Valley, is a light-hearted gathering that invites men to slip on a pair of heels and walk a mile in the shoes of a woman.  The April 27 event brought awareness to the staggering statistics on sexual assault against women, and raised money for the YWCA's Rape Crisis Center and other YWCA assault prevention services.

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                       Well, they're certainly not

                       Manolo Blahnik's, but still

                       quite stylish.  Daniel

                       Catania (above and right),

                       Compensation Analyst and

                       David Tran, Victim Witness

                       Director, step out against

                       sexual assault.

Building an inclusive and caring community free of bias and bigotry