Transitional Housing Sucess
Almost one year ago, a young woman entered into Operation Care's transitional housing program. She was on a fixed income and could not work, so her biggest challenge was being able to be self sufficient. With the help of her case manager, she developed a reasonable budget and began saving money. As her time on the program drew to a close, she diligently sought housing for herself and located a suitable rental that she could afford. While on the program, she participated in one-to-one peer counseling, attended domestic violence support group meetings, and completed our Rural Economic Empowerment Program. She also met with her case manager regularly to review her program goals. She successfully completed the housing program and is now living self-sufficiently on her own!more information
Monthly Credit Card debits
Set up an endowment or bequest
Donate a car/boat/plane
Donate your old cell phones
orconsider making a donation to Operation Care in honor or in memory of a loved one. A gift card will be mailed to the person you honor in recognition of your contribution. This is a wonderful way to recognize a friend or family member while providing hope to those most vulnerable in our county.
| Summer Youth Program
No Cost to Join... Transportation Provided!
This summer, the GO! Youth Program and Operation Care would like to invite boys and girls, ages 12-18 to participate in our Summer Program. The program will be held on Wednesdays at our Pine Grove Office and Thursdays at our Jackson office from 12-2pm. Classes will begin June 19th and 20th and will wrap up on August 7th and 8th. The program will focus on promoting healthy relationships and living a violence free lifestyle.
This year we have combined our curricula together so that we can teach a co-ed course that applies to all youths. In addition we have planned a number of fun activities including:
- Self-defense with The Edge Gym
- Nutrition with Novella Springer from the UC Davis Extension
- Hygiene with Calaveras Regional Occupational Program, and
- Relaxation with Health and Harmony
For more information and to reserve your spot, call our office at 223-2897.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities
|Operation Care staff and volunteers promote |
Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April
During the month of April, which is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Operation Care staff and volunteers were hard at work raising awareness. Denim Day
, held on April 24th was one of the many campaigns geared towards raising awareness and speaking out about sexual assault. Volunteers and staff passed out over 40 "Why Denim?" T-shirts to Amador, Argonaut and Independence high school students. We also gave over 50 T-shirts to members of the community. In addition, we had a booth at Petrovich
Park in Jackson, where our "Human Ribbon
" made an appearance as we released balloons and served teal-colored cupcakes, while providing the community with resources and information on the topic of sexual assault.
The balloon release
signified national statistics regarding sexual assault. Nationally, someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes, so we released balloons every two minutes in recognition of the victims. Each release of balloons included two bunches representing two separate statistics. The first held three teal and one white balloon to represent the fact that 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime
. The second included five teal and one white balloon to signify that 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime
28 baskets were distributed throughout the community filled with teal ribbons, brochures, bracelets and other items to raise awareness of sexual assault. By the end of April, we had given out more than 2,000 items throughout Amador County!
Additionally, Operation Care staff and volunteers were invited to make presentations to the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp and Mule Creek State Prison regarding the impact of sexual assault on victims and the community. These presentations were held during the week of April 22, 2013, also known as National Crime Victim's Rights Week.
|Staff and Volunteers walk arm-in-arm against Sexual Violence. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime|
Staff Spotlight - Linda Shankland
|Linda Shankland - Program Specialist|
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Linda Shankland, our new program specialist. Linda spent many years in the Health Care Profession helping others, from patient care to working in the Emergency Room, eventually becoming a peer counselor at the Modesto and Turlock Pregnancy Centers. She moved to Amador County with her husband and began volunteering at Operation Care.
Recently, Linda was hired as program assistant, and after completing the mandated training and obtaining her Victim's Assistance Certification, she was promoted to program specialist. Linda will be providing individual and group counseling and support services to victims /survivors of domestic violence and their children.
"As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to help with fundraisers and Domestic Violence Awareness Campaigns, giving me the hope of becoming a permanent part of the Operation Care team," said Linda. "I was very impressed as a volunteer with Operation Care's dedication to help their clients. I was overjoyed when I was hired to be a program assistant. One of the many reasons I enjoy working for Operation Care is the interaction with people, things are constantly changing and something new is always on the horizon. Operation Care strives tirelessly to bring a positive impact to our community. I'm proud to be able to help fulfill that goal and be a part of change".
Where to go for Help
If you or someone you know needs help, dial 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600 or (800) 675-3392. Operation Care provides safe shelter for women, men, and children, as well as counseling, support services, crisis intervention, education, and referrals. For more information, to make a contribution, to volunteer your services, please call 209-223-2897.
More about Domestic Violence:
Mary Kay Foundation
Blue Shield Against Violence
Avon Foundation Speak Out Against Violence
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: