“A Better Way” Domestic Violence Shelter Receives Holiday Gift

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–ISU Insurance Services/ARMAC Agency gave “A Better Way” Domestic Violence Shelter & Outreach a great holiday starter in the form of a $5,000 gift.  The gift is to support “A Better Way” Job Preparedness Program.  The 12-week program prepares victims of domestic violence to enter or re-enter the workforce fundamentally prepared.

ISU/Armac Insurance Agency President/CEO, Ryan McEachron states, “We chose to donate to this organization because we see their work as helping create a stronger workforce for the High Desert.  In this economy it is difficult to just depend upon what you know and A Better Way’s Job Preparedness Program will prepare their clients to re-enter the workforce with the additional skills they need to succeed.”

The 12-week program includes pre and post skills assessment, professional guest speaker presentations, employment resources, and mock interviews.  “It is crucial that we empower our clients with the necessary tools to gain employment in today’s market and ultimately build healthy enriched lifestyles.  Our program helps them to build self-esteem, confidence, workplace literacy and competency,” says Margaret Diaz, “A Better Way” Executive Director.

Margaret also stated, “We are appreciative of businesses like ISU/Armac Insurance Agency’s commitment to support the work and services we continue to provide to the High Desert community.  We have been fortunate to develop the type of fiscal responsibility and partnerships that allowed us during our fiscal year 2010-2011 to provide 6,697 shelter nights to 387 women and children, 17,999 nights of transitional housing, serve 1,853 hotline calls, 807 outreach clients received Life Skills, Victim Impact and/or Peer Support, and 330 outreach children were provided 1,614 hours of service.   Since 1988 we have provided services to approximately 18,500 women and children here in the High Desert.”

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