Voice of the Advocate
I started working at Valencia Shelter Services 5 years ago. I had no idea how much domestic violence affects this community. I started working as an advocate because I love helping people. The reason I stand as a shelter advocate today is because of our community. I believe that through education and support, people always have the ability to change. It has been a pleasure to serve the families of this community and families from all over the country. It feels so great to be out in the community and see former clients who have completely changed their lives and are living free from abuse. It is a great feeling to see former clients in the store who stop to say hello and say how well they are doing. It feels great to see their children growing up and to see the difference in them, how different they have become living free from abuse.
Our children are our future and they are learning by observing how the adults in their lives behave. I love what we do. It is one of the most challenging jobs but also the most rewarding. Everyday is different and every client is unique. I want to thank everyone in our community for supporting our organization. As the only domestic violence shelter in Valencia County, the need for our services is huge.
VSS Welcomes New Executive Director
On August 20, 2012, Valencia Shelter Services welcomed Alexandria V. Taylor as the new Executive Director. Alexandria, a New Mexico native, comes to VSS after building her career as an advocate and fundraiser in Maryland. Since returning home in 2009, she has worked with many of New Mexico's non-profit organizations to raise funds necessary to carry out their missions. Her passion for advocating and empowering individuals affected by domestic violence will bring an exciting new vision to VSS. We are excited for this new chapter in our organization.