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Verde Valley Sanctuary Back-to-School Supplies

July 28, 2022

Celebrating 12 Years of Giving VVS Executive Director Jessye Johnson, Twice Nice Community Enterprise Director Barry Maketansky, Emergency Shelter Director Jenny Underwood, and donor Sally Van Zwol unpack the 12th annual gift of back-to-school supplies for client families of the Verde Valley Sanctuary. What a delight when Sally arrives with her vehicle filled to the…

New Transitional Housing Coming for Abuse Survivors

July 28, 2022

Economic and Financial Abuse

June 8, 2022

Financial abuse is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship. The forms of financial abuse may be subtle or overt but in in general, include tactics to conceal information, limit the victim’s access to assets, or reduce accessibility to the family finances. Financial abuse – along with emotional,…

I’m Not a Victim, I’m a Survivor

June 8, 2022

Theresa and her husband, Eric, were together for 17 years. He had a progressive disease that eventually impacted his sanity, and he became psychotic. Theresa felt bad for him and did not leave him due to his medical issues. She had made a commitment to him, and she loved him. Theresa didn’t realize she was…

Verde Valley Sanctuary’s Legal Advocacy Center

June 8, 2022

Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault need to feel safe and heard. After experiencing abuse, they may endure trauma that will have short and long-term effects on their physical and mental health. Victim advocates step in to be trusted confidants and resources for those in need who may not have anywhere else to turn.…

Verde Valley Sanctuary Introduces New Executive Director

May 11, 2022

The Verde Valley Sanctuary Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jessye Johnson has taken the helm as the organization’s Executive Director. Jessye has a rich history of serving children, families, and survivors of domestic and sexual violence as a seasoned nonprofit leader with deep roots in Arizona. Jessye has over two decades of…

Painting with Purpose

March 29, 2022

“Painting with Purpose” is a fun and engaging social outing that combines spirits, good food, fun, and art. It’s a unique form of entertainment and camaraderie that ultimately aids a local nonprofit organization and promotes a transformation of strangers to co-creators. We are all just one act away from connecting for a good cause that…

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 29, 2022

In the month of April, Verde Valley Sanctuary (VVS) recognizes National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). We take this moment to reflect on the strength and resilience of survivors and victims, the perseverance of advocates, and the dedication of the professionals in many fields who support those who experience sexual violence. The term “sexual assault”…

Verde Valley Sanctuary’s YES Program

March 26, 2022

Studies suggest that 15.5 million children in the U.S. witness domestic violence annually. By age 17, over one-third of America’s children will have been exposed to domestic violence. Witnessing violence can have a lasting impact on a child, and can result in fractured relationships, poor academic success, and even health problems that can last long…

Verde Valley Sanctuary’s Outreach Center

March 26, 2022

The purpose for the VVS Outreach Center is provide support for domestic and sexual violence survivors who do not need emergency shelter. It’s a beautiful building that provides a welcoming, safe, and confidential space for survivors to share their personal experiences and particular needs. Advocates provide safety planning, support groups, case management, intensive advocacy, transportation,…

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