WOMEN/SV exits incubation

WOMEN/SV Domestic Violence Program to Join Family Women/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), will be moving to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley (FCS) in early January. As part of FCS, the Women/SV program will be able to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support, and training program services throughout Northern Santa Clara County.

The WOMEN/SV program, founded in October, 2011 by local resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities, such as Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and delivering training to professionals throughout the county on how to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since inception, the program has provided support to over 200 domestic violence victims, many of whose children also have been affected.

“I am excited to move the WOMEN/SV program to Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley,” said Ms. Patrick. “FCS has the resources and reputation in the field of family violence prevention to enhance our program, help more victims find a path to freedom, and continue the conversation on domestic violence in our communities.

LACF has fiscally-sponsored and “incubated” the WOMEN/SV program since its founding.

Joe Eyre, Executive Director of LACF, said, “Ruth Patrick is a great example of a community member who saw an unmet local need and started a service to address it under the support of LACF’s non-profit incubation program. Her move to FCS will enable her to take the WOMEN/SV program to the next level.”

WOMEN/SV will join the FCS portfolio of integrated programs and services that address critical health and human services needs throughout the county. The non-profit organization, founded in 1948, works to build strong, safe, and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities.

Women/SV will be based out of FCS’s Palo Altos office.

“FCS has worked closely with Ruth Patrick and WOMEN/SV on domestic violence prevention and advocacy, and we are delighted to welcome Women/SV as part of our organization,” said Diana Neiman, President and CEO of FCS. “We appreciate the important role LACF plays as an incubator for innovative approaches to addressing critical community needs.”