Christ­mas Drive In July Ben­e­fits Women’s Cen­ter

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Women’s Cen­ter-Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices is cur­rently host­ing its fifth an­nual Christ­mas in July. Women’s Cen­ter-Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices is San Joaquin County’s sole provider of free, con­fi­den­tial shel­ter and ser­vices specif­i­cally de­signed to meet the needs of home­less and run­away youth and vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sex­ual as­sault, and hu­man traf­fick­ing. This drive brings aware­ness to the fact that vi­o­lence in the county oc­curs year­round, and it en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to sup­port those most vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions by mak­ing mon­e­tary or in-kind do­na­tions through­out the month of July.

An­nu­ally, Women’s Cen­ter-Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices serves nearly 20,000 in­di­vid­u­als through its di­rect ser­vices and com­mu­nity out­reach, in­clud­ing more than 700 vic­tims and their chil­dren who stay in lo­cal shel­ters.

“We’ve been ex­tremely for­tu­nate to have the sup­port of our com­mu­nity,” said Jen­nifer Jones, CEO of Women’s Cen­ter-Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices, of the Christ­mas in July ef­fort over the past few years.

“Their gen­er­ous hol­i­day spirit pro­vides fam­i­lies with joy dur­ing our win­ter ‘Adopt a Fam­ily’ pro­gram, and their con­tin­ued do­na­tions pro­vide hun­dreds of vic­tims and their chil­dren with gently used cloth­ing. Christ­mas in July lets the com­mu­nity – our great­est sup­port­ers – en­joy the hol­i­day spirt in the sum­mer months too,” Jones added.

The Christ­mas in July drive out­lines spe­cific pro­gram­matic needs for clients through eight cat­e­gories: school sup­plies, elec­tron­ics, health and beauty, hy­giene prod­ucts, bath­room es­sen­tials, house­hold es­sen­tials, baby and tod­dler, and ap­parel. The com­plete list can be found at www. Women­sCen­terYFS.org, and do­na­tions will be ac­cepted Mon­day through Fri­day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 620 N. San Joaquin St. in Stock­ton. Donors or any com­mu­nity mem­ber with ques­tions can call (209) 941-2611.

Es­tab­lished in 1976, Women’s Cen­ter-YFS has 10 lo­ca­tions through­out San Joaquin County, in­clud­ing four home­less youth and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters, and serves 20,000 in­di­vid­u­als an­nu­ally. As a 501(c)3 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, Women’s Cen­ter-YFS re­lies on do­na­tions from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to sup­ple­ment pro­gram­matic con­tracts and grants in or­der to con­tinue pro­vid­ing the high­est qual­ity of ser­vices to those in need.

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