On February 27, Dave Thompson, CEO of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, presented a donation of $100,000 to Women’s Center – Youth & Family Services. Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH), part of the Sutter Health network, made the gift to Women’s Center - Youth & Family Services to help the agency purchase a home in the City of Tracy to be used as emergency housing for battered women and their children.
For the past 9 years, Women's Center – Youth & Family Services has operated TREE (Tracy Refuge for Education and Empowerment) House, Tracy's only undisclosed shelter for battered women and their children. The shelter, which was donated to the agency by the Tracy Hospital Foundation, provided safe refuge and free, confidential services for victims and their children, filling a critical need in the community. STCH has committed to helping the Women's Center-YFS' purchase a new larger facility to serve as a shelter for battered women and their children in Tracy.
“Women’s Center - Youth & Family Services is a critical resource for the Tracy community and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is committed to ensuring that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have the necessary resources available to them,” said David Thompson.
Thompson, Joelle Gomez (Women’s Center-YFS’ CEO), local dignitaries and representatives from the hospital and Women’s Center-YFS attended a reception and check presentation in the hospital’s lobby to celebrate the partnership.
“We are grateful to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for this tremendous opportunity, and we look forward to continuing our mission at our new home,” said Gomez. “With a new, larger facility, we will be able to provide a life-saving safe haven for more battered women and their children, and improve victims' access to services in their own community.”
In the photo, from L to R: Teresa Mandella, Women’s Center-YFS Board Vice President; Leroy Ornellas, former San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors; Tracy Mayor Brent Ives; Joelle Gomez, CEO of Women’s Center-YFS; Dave Thompson, CEO of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital; Cindy Sanders, Tracy Hospital Foundation Board Chair; Andy Su, M.D., Tracy Hospital Foundation Board Member; Bob Elliot, Vice-Chairman of San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors; Lt. Dave Sant, Tracy Police Dept./Women’s Center-YFS Board Treasurer; Wayne Hose, former Chief of Police for City of Stockton/Women’s Center-YFS Board President; Paula Grech, Women’s Center-YFS Satellite Program Director; Kristi Barnard, Women’s Center-YFS Shelter Director.