The funds she raised are much appreciated. SSWC needs to raise $40-$50,000 per year just to stay open and often relies on the generous support of those who live in our surrounding areas. SSWC's Executive Director, Rhonda, says that serving hundreds of women, girls and other people who are gender-oppressed is resource-heavy.
“Fundraising is incredibly time consuming and whenever community steps up and helps out, that allows us to focus on our core work and support those who work with us,” Rhonda said. “This last year, even during a pandemic, we offered close to 1500 appointments in one year. This was in fact our busiest year ever.”
Rhonda added that the pandemic has increased the complexity of their work. “Violence in our community has increased, isolation has not been kind to some, traffickers continue to prey on people in our community and housing is sometimes impossible to find. These are just some of the things people are bringing as issues to SSWC.” But, Rhonda concluded, during these challenging times, meeting a ray of light like Liessa sparks energy in the SSWC staff.