LACF Members Blossom in Ikebana Class

LACF Founder Ellen Gonella and her Ikebana class filled the backyard of the community house with laughter and flowers. All proceeds from this class benefit the LACF Sustaining Fund.

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WOMEN ~SV Featured on Los Altos Patch

Great write up on Women ~SV on Los Altos Patch


Like many women in Los Altos, “Patty” lives in a large home and is happily married with children.

At least, that’s what her friends think.

Little do they know that she works from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. not because she loves her job, but because she fears going home to her abusive husband. On her drive home she constantly wonders, Is he going to be nice to me tonight?

One in four women is a victim of domestic violence. Chances are some women that you pass on your way to get Starbucks downtown or that you see picking up her kids from school is suffering in silence from domestic violence, said Ruth Patrick, program director and founder of Women-of-Means Escape Network Silicon Valley (WOMEN SV).