VCC’s Community Corner

Pacific Coast Day of Refreshing

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

It is believed that the ocean speaks to the soul…… Sit back, relax, and breathe; close your eyes and think back to when you were a child at the beach… the beauty of innocence of things unseen; the joy and excitement of running away from the waves on the shore…the discovery of seashells, and of the things you could make out of the sand! The freedom from chaos and of not watching the clock; the freedom of losing yourself in the awesome wonder of nature and of all that surrounds you! On May 25 of this year, I had the...

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Valley Crisis Center’s First Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Event

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

Valley Crisis Center had its first Free Yourself from Human Trafficking (F.Y.H.T.) Event in Merced on January 5th, 2017 and in Los Baños on January 19th, 2017.  We brought awareness to our community in hopes of reaching out to victims and survivors of Human Trafficking.  Our mission is to serve men, woman, and children of all ages to overcome this tragic ordeal, and create positive and healthy life choices. 21 million people are affected by Human Trafficking each year, and we are here to ensure that all lives that are affected by this...

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Reflections on A Gathering of Asian and Pacific Islander Voices

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

On September 7, 2016 Valley Crisis Center (VCC) and Mountain Crisis Services (MCS) hosted their fostering cultural competency panel titled A Gathering of Asian and Pacific Islander Voices. This event was a partnership and project of My Sister’s House that was funded by Blue Shield of California. The purpose of this event was to learn how VCC/MCS and other agencies can effectively serve and support the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. The panelists consisted of three individuals representing different API communities. Participants were...

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Merced’s 2016 Peace for Families: Thank You

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

Valley Crisis Center put on its annual Peace for Families march in Merced on October 5th 2016. A lot was put into the event, from getting donations, getting volunteers, getting the community involved and finding someone brave enough to share their story at the event. As you may or may not know Valley Crisis Center prides itself on our confidentiality policy and never do we share any information on anyone unless asked and releases signed by the survivor. Well folks it is your lucky day, not only were we fortunate enough to get all the donations...

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Healthy Relationships and Economic Pathways (HREP)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

Merced County young adults are underserved. Our county has a large proportion of mothers ages 15-19, making up 9% of births in 2013 according to a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Along with an increasing nationwide visibility in teen dating violence, there’s no denying that there is a rising need to provide comprehensive sexual education and healthy relationship skills. Hoping to nurture the growth and well-being of Merced’s adolescents, Valley Crisis Center and the Public Health Institute have partnered to expand...

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Honoring Diversity in the Safe House

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

Mountain Crisis Services received a hotline call from Merced area asking to assist a victim of Sexual Assault.  A MCS advocate met a VCC advocate and the client half way and transported her to our Safe House in Mariposa.  This client arrived here in crisis.  She had been sexual assaulted by a stranger. She was referred to us through a Merced Wellness Center.  When our client arrived and was filling out our paperwork she identified herself as a transgender female.  Her ethnicity was stated as Irish and Spanish. She was welcomed into our...

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June’s API Next Generation Blog

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

  API Next Generation June 2016 The family mentioned in this passage fled from a Domestic Violence incident and was referred to our Safe House Program by Valley Crisis Center (VCC) for safety reasons. They have received support from Mariposa Crisis Services (MCS) since early 2016. This is an API family made up of a Mom and several Children. Mom is considered a young adult and her husband was much older than her. Due to years of abuse and isolation, Mom had no extended family or community support. During their stay at our Safe House...

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Valley Crisis Center’s Groups

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

Valley Crisis Center is continuing to grow its support groups for both domestic violence and its children’s group as well. We are hoping to also grow our sexual assault support groups and teen group. All the groups are offered weekly and provide information on how to stay safe when dealing with abusive relationships. The DV and SA groups are offered in both English and Spanish and are offered in Los Banos and Merced. Children’s group is also offered in both Los Banos and Merced but only in English. Teen group is offered in Merced at our...

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An Intern’s Experience:

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

My name is Ally, and I will be receiving my Master’s degree in Social Work through the University of Southern California. I have spent the last year as a student intern at Valley Crisis Center, and it has been the most rewarding experience I could have asked for in an internship. The staff at Valley Crisis Center is a group of the most passionate and empathetic people I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and I am privileged to have been a part of this team. My passion for domestic violence prevention stems from a college...

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Teen Dating Awareness Event

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in VCC'S Community Corner | Comments Off

Teen Dating Awareness Month February 2016 As you may or may not know, February is Teen Dating Awareness Month, and Valley Crisis Center proudly put on a teen event February 23rd 2016 at city hall. At the event there were many community partners to share their resources. The event was led by UC Merced CARE Program Coordinator Taylor, and her student intern Irais, who did a great job talking about the 3 D’s. The 3 D’s are Distract, Delegate, and Direct. These are ways we can help to dissolve a potential domestic violence or sexual assault....

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