Programs

Programs
"The courage and conviction of our clients as they move their lives forward gives me inspiration ona daily basis."
–Cookie Allred, Executive Assistant, WACCS
"The courage and conviction of our clients as they move their lives forward gives me inspiration ona daily basis."
–Cookie Allred, Executive Assistant, WACCS

We help women build a ladder out poverty.

These programs are a step.

We help women use what has happened to them in the past to drive themselves forward.

Services provided by WACCS are available to women living at 185% of poverty or less. As of January 2016, the poverty level for a family of three in the United States was set at $20,160 annual income. In Reno, 93,321 people are living in poverty, 32% of them women and children.

Under-resourced women are forced to live day-to-day, crisis-to-crisis. WACCS acknowledges and accommodates this reality. All WACCS services are provided without charge and are designed with maximum flexibility to accommodate the needs of women. They are welcome to begin classes, leave, and return when they are able. We are here to help every woman succeed through encouragement, specialized attention, student-set learning pace, and with resources and referrals.

We work to provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment in which women can survive then thrive. We help meet their immediate needs to give them the ability and the permission to think, dream, grow and succeed.

We help women build a ladder out poverty.

These programs are a step.

We help women use what has happened to them in the past to drive themselves forward.

Services provided by WACCS are available to women living at 185% of poverty or less. As of January 2016, ...read more

Gateway to Success

Since 2014, we have placed over 110 women in jobs that are about 30% above minimum wage because, giving them a better opportunity to achieve a living wage.

Since 2014, we have placed over 110 women in jobs that are about 30% above minimum wage because, giving them a better opportunity to achieve a living wage.

Armed with the right resources, a woman’s potential is endless.

The Gateway to Success program was launched in 2014 to help women secure employment. After working with women for several years, we came to understand that the will to work was there, but many were unable to secure employment due to a lack of job search skills and resources. Through the Gateway to Success program, WACCS provides women help securing employment. Services include help with job applications, interview training, access to computers for job search, a clothing bank for professional clothing, professional guidance, and even transportation support.

After two years, Gateway to Success has helped 110 women emerge from poverty and gain employment that helps them meet the daily needs of their families. 

We regularly survey our community to assess their needs and determine how we can further provide support. Based on what they were telling us about their employment situation, we began developing Gateway to Success 2. Launching in the spring of 2017, Gateway to Success 2 works to move women toward an enriching career that provides a living wage.

In order for families to thrive, they require more resources than can be provided by one or even two adults working minimum wage jobs. Many of the families that WACCS supports include four, five, six or more children. Gateway to Success and Gateway to Success 2 work to arm women with the resources they need to provide for their families in way that breaks the poverty and welfare cycle.

Armed with the right resources, a woman’s potential is endless.

The Gateway to Success program was launched in 2014 to help women secure employment. After working with women for several years, we came to understand that the will to work was there, but many were unable to secure employm...read more

Domestic Violence

"I always say they saved my life, they really did, because if I would have stayed where I was at, who knows what could have happened. Things were just getting worse."

—Patty, domestic violence survivor, WACCS participant

"I always say they saved my life, they really did, because if I would have stayed where I was at, who knows what could have happened. Things were just getting worse."

—Patty, domestic violence survivor, WACCS participant

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN DANGER, PLEASE CALL 911

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Simply walking through our doors can be an incredible act of courage.

The Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra stands ready to assist victims of domestic violence. We are here for you. We are focused on your safety and your choices and will provide you with options.
We will NOT make you do anything.
YOU decide what is best for you.
Please come to our office or call us at 825-7395.

 

Available services:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Information and Referrals
  • Peer Counseling
  • Safety Planning
  • Emergency Transportation
  • Advocacy

 

Are you being abused?

Abuse can take many forms. The abuser chooses how to control his victim and does whatever he needs to in order to gain and retain control. Below are some of the ways an abuser exerts power.

  • Physical violence – hitting, punching, shoving, using weapons to hurt you
  •  Sexual violence – making you have sex when you don’t want to, forcing you to do sexual things you don’t want to do, demanding that you have sex with others

 

  

 

We are here to help

  • We are here to listen — we cannot work miracles.
  • We are here to help you acknowledge your feelings — we cannot make your pain go away.
  • We are here to help you identify options — we will not make decisions for you.
  • We are here to discuss the steps for changing your life — we will not take the steps for you.
  • We are here to help you discover your strength — we will not rescue you only to leave you vulnerable.
  • We are here to help you realize you can help yourself —we will not take responsibility for you.
  • We are here to help you learn to choose — we will not eliminate difficult choices from your life.
  • We are here to provide support for change.

 

Other resources

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelters and Programs:

CAAW (Committee to Aid Abused Women) — (775) 329-4150 

Safe Embrace — (775) 322-3466 

Nevada Urban Indians — (775) 788-7600 

Tu Casa Latina – (775) 432-9929  

Tahoe Safe Alliance — (800) 736-1060  

Victims Services Pyramid Lake – (775) 575-9444   

Advocates to End Domestic Violence – (775) 883-7654  

 

Help For Sex Trafficking Victims:

Awaken — (775) 393-9183  

 

Victim Advocates:

Reno Police Department - 775-321-8398            

Sparks Police Department - 775-353-2217 • Spanish (775) 353-2267  

 

Crisis Call Hotlines:

Crisis Call Center Sexual Assault Supportive Services — (775) 784-8090 or (800) 992-5757  

National Domestic Violence Hotline — 1-800-799- SAFE (7233)  

 

Legal

Temporary Protection Order Office —  (775) 328-3468 

Washoe Legal Services — (775) 329-2727 

Nevada Legal Service — (775) 284-3491 or (800) 323-8666

 

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN DANGER, PLEASE CALL 911

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Education

"I’ve had the opportunity to rejoice with some of our students that have finished the program and are now gainfully employed. That in itself is such a plus."

— Teri Sandoval, Education Coordinator, WACCS 

"I’ve had the opportunity to rejoice with some of our students that have finished the program and are now gainfully employed. That in itself is such a plus."

— Teri Sandoval, Education Coordinator, WACCS 

Education is perhaps the most vital tool a woman needs to move out of poverty.

The need for education to escape poverty cannot be underestimated. Women who are bilingual in English and Spanish are more valuable in the workplace than their monolingual sisters. Workers with their high school diploma, or equivalent, earn approximately $10,000 more annually than those without the credential. Finding employment without a basic level of computer literacy is difficult at best.

All components of WACCS’ educational program are geared to the needs of women living in poverty. Student input is sought to ensure that WACCS is meeting their needs and adjustments are implemented. Additionally, students are in charge of their progress and can decide at what pace to move forward.

Our Educational Coordinator has oversight of all classes, most of which are taught by highly qualified and committed volunteers.

Classes we offer include:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) 
  • High School Equivalency test preparation 
  • Computer literacy
  • Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Office
Weekly Class Schedule
High School Equivalency Classes
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:45-11am
Social Studies - Pam
9:30-11:30 Math - Phil   9:30-11:30
Math - Phil
 
        11:00am-1pm
Science - Allison
1:15-2:45
Language Arts - Jackie
       
English as Second Language Classes
Monday/Lunes Tuesday/Martes Wednesday/Miercoles Thursday/Jueves Friday/Viernes
      10:00-11:00am
Martha
 
    12:30-1:30
Teri
  12:30-1:30
Teri
         
  4:00-5:00pm
Sara
  4:00-5:00pm
Sara
 

 

Education is perhaps the most vital tool a woman needs to move out of poverty.

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Diaper Bank

Women who are income eligible – at or below 185% of poverty level — can receive diapers three times in five weeks.

Women who are income eligible – at or below 185% of poverty level — can receive diapers three times in five weeks.

We believe no woman should have to struggle to provide a clean diaper for her baby.

Diaper Bank Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

WACCS provides free diapers three times during a five-week period to women who meet our income guidelines. Those who also enroll in a WACCS program can receive diapers weely. New participants are welcome to come to the office during hours of operation. Each participant will meet with a staff person after completing a short in-take form.

Please bring the following on your first visit:

  1. Picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc… – does not need to be current or local)
  2. Birth certificate(s) or birth confirmation for child(ren) needing diapers.
  3. Referral form or letter from another social service agency (e.g. WIC, Welfare, Salvation Army)

Ways you can get a referral letter to us:

  1. Bring letter from referral agency
  2. Have letter emailed to admin@waccs.org
  3. Have letter faxed to (775) 825-7006
  4. Mail letter to WACCS, Attn: Diaper Bank, 3905 Neil Road, Suite 2, Reno, Nevada 89502

Who qualifies

Women who are income eligible – at or below 185% of poverty level ($37,167 for a family of 3) — can receive diapers three times in a five-week period.

Participants enrolled in and regularly attending classes can receive diapers weekly.

Special or extraordinary circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Participants are asked to make a donation of $1 when they pick up diapers. No one will be denied diapers if they are unable to make a donation.

We believe no woman should have to struggle to provide a clean diaper for her baby.

Diaper Bank Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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