Category: Press Releases

Team Subaru Shares the Love with AAFV

CALDWELL, IDAHO – Advocates Against Family Violence has been given a donation of more than $15,0000 through Team Subaru of Nampa’s Share the Love event. This is the 5th year that Team Subaru has generously chosen to support our organization.

Over the last several years, we have had the opportunity to partner with Advocates Against Family Violence. During last year’s Share the Love Event, we were able to donate more than $10,000 to AAFV in an effort to help them continue their incredible work in our community.

We are excited to continue our relationship with this organization and we are happy to announce that we will be working with them again this year! 

Share the Love is a partnership between Team Subaru of Nampa and the Subaru Corporation which allows retailers to choose a hometown charity to support. A donation of $250 was given to Team’s selected charity for every Subaru sold or leased between Nov. 17, 2016, through Jan. 3, 2017. For this year, as well as the past several years, Team Subaru has chosen Advocates Against Family Violence as their chosen beneficiary for this event.

On Friday, 3-31, AAFV was presented with the check totaling $16,730 at Team Subaru’s dealership in Nampa.

Team Subaru of Nampa is proud to provide quality Subaru cars in the Treasure Valley. With models like the new Subaru Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Impreza WRX and Forester, they have something for every taste and every need. Come visit them at 6218 Cleveland Blvd Caldwell, ID 83607 to see their vehicles and take one for a test drive.

AAFV Receives Health Grant From St. Luke's

AAFV Receives Health Grant From St. Luke’s

CALDWELL, IDAHO – Advocates Against Family Violence’s Hope Lane Learning Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund.

The Hope Lane Learning Center provides a safe, nurturing environment with fun, focused learning activities for all ages. HLLC currently uses Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ program as an integral part of their curriculum, and was the first to be Let’s Move! Certified in Canyon County.

The St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund will provide opportunities for more focus on nutrition and exercise by incorporating SPARK and working with Dr. Aguilar, who will provide obesity/diabetes screenings as part of his annual physicals, which he graciously agreed to give to these children at no charge!

The combined impact of domestic violence, sexual assault and poverty in childhood has been proven to have a negative impact on lifelong health and opportunity, which means these kids need guidance even more than the average.

The first ‘Junior Color Run’ fundraiser will take place in late May or early June, 2017. The event will be in coordination with Caldwell’s Family Fun Day, working with Marisa Erickson, Coordinator of the Let’s Move! Caldwell program. The event will act as a motivator for the kids to ‘be physical.’ Additional staff training will take place over the summer and the program will be in full force at the start of school in fall, 2017.

Working with children 6 weeks to 12 years of age to establish knowledge and interest in healthy eating and physical activity will create life patterns that will reduce obesity and diabetes significantly in participants. Additionally, this program will have long term impact. Behavior learned at a young age stays with us throughout our lives. Often, even when it is abandoned due to extenuating circumstances, people return to their ‘roots’ and the things they learned early in life. We want to give kids a healthy foundation, starting at six weeks of age.

“AAFV provides a safe place, and because of that we help those served know their lives can be different. We can make a difference to each and every one of them by providing new and additional fitness, nutrition education and opportunities, and free health screenings.”, said Kim Deugan, Executive Director.

St. Luke’s CHIF grants are highly competitive with close to 120 non-profit applicants this year. Special consideration was given to proposals that target needs identified by St. Luke’s through its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA is a comprehensive analysis of Idaho’s most important health needs.

The CHNA top three priorities are:

  • Prevention, detection and treatment of obesity and diabetes.
  • Prevention, detection and management of mental illness and reduce suicide.
  • Improvement of access to affordable health care and affordable health insurance.

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For information, please visit or call 208.459.6330.


Avenues for Hope Launches Today with 44 Nonprofits Statewide Raising Funds for Idaho Homeless

Avenues for Hope Launches Today with 44 Nonprofits Statewide Raising Funds for Idaho Homeless

BOISE, Idaho – The sixth annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge launches today with 44 nonprofits from across the state raising funds to help continue and expand programs that care for the homeless and those in need of housing assistance. Organized by Idaho Housing and Finance Association and its foundation, the Home Partnership Foundation, the 24‐day campaign is designed to rally support for the 44 participating nonprofits who manage the day‐to‐day work of serving the more than 4,000 homeless in Idaho. The public is encouraged to donate $25 or more at to help the homeless in their community. Donors can direct their gift to one or more of the 44 participating nonprofits. This year’s campaign goal is $400,000 to help combat homelessness and ensure essential housing resources are available across the state. Donations will be accepted until midnight December 31.

“The importance of providing affordable housing and services to displaced individuals and families is one of the core beliefs of our organization,” said Gerald M. Hunter, President of Idaho Housing. “We are excited to see nonprofit and sponsor participation in Avenues for Hope continue to increase each year. Through a united effort, we can ensure Idaho’s homeless receive the care and support they need.”

Both the chronically and temporarily homeless are helped by Avenues for Hope, including domestic violence victims, veterans, people with disabilities, vulnerable youth, seniors, and low‐income Idaho residents. Donations support emergency shelters, homelessness prevention services, and affordable housing programs throughout the state. In total, Avenues for Hope’s participating nonprofits have received nearly $1 million in the past five years.

The Home Partnership Foundation

The Home Partnership Foundation along with Idaho Housing and 27 other businesses sponsoring the campaign are contributing up to $200,000 this year in matching funds and challenge grant prizes to be awarded to participating nonprofits. Campaign sponsors include Academy Mortgage, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Idaho, Bank of the Cascades, Barclays, Boise Housing Corporation, Citizens Community Bank, Eide Bailly, Evergreen Home Loans, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, First Mortgage Company, George K. Baum & Company, Guild Mortgage Company, Idaho Independent Bank, KeyBank, Mountain West Bank, New Beginnings Housing, Northwest Integrity Housing, P1FCU,  The Pacific Companies, Skinner Fawcett LLP, Stifel, Thomas Development Co., Wells Fargo, and Zions Bank Corporate Trust.

Campaign dates: December 8 at 8 a.m. through 12 midnight on December 31, 2016

Donations accepted:

Campaign video:

Social media hashtag: #IdahoHomeless

Campaign logos/graphics available for download:‐resources

Results announced: Early January 2017

44 Nonprofit Organizations participating in the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge

North Idaho  
Affordable Housing Foundation, Inc.Family Promise of the PalouseSojourners' Alliance
Bonner County Homeless Task ForceLewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for HumanitySt Vincent de Paul North Idaho
Family Promise of Lewis Clark ValleyMoscow Affordable Housing Trust, Inc.The Women's Center, Inc.
Family Promise of North IdahoThe Salvation ArmyUnion Gospel Mission Association of Spokane
North Idaho  
Aid For Friends, Inc.Idaho Falls Rescue MissionPocatello Habitat for Humanity
Blaine County Housing AuthorityLemhi County Crisis Intervention / The Mahoney HouseSouth Central Community Action Partnership
CLUB, Inc.Mini-Cassia ShelterSoutheastern Idaho Community Action Agency
Family Services AllianceNeighborWorks PocatelloVolunteers Against Violence
Southwest Idaho  
Advocates Against Family ViolenceFirst StoryThe Jesse Tree of Idaho
Boise Housing FirstGood Samaritan HomeNeighborWorks Boise
Boise Valley Habitat for HumanityHome Partnership FoundationThe Salvation Army
CATCH, Inc.Hope House, Inc.Shepherd's Home, Inc.
The Community BuilderIdaho Youth Ranch, Inc.Society of St. Vincent de Paul of SW Idaho
Concordia UniversityInterfaith Sanctuary ShelterWomen's & Children's Alliance
Corpus Christi House, Inc.International Rescue Committee

About Home Partnership Foundation

The Home Partnership Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Idaho Housing and Finance Association 11 years ago with a mission to help people build a strong foundation for their lives through stable, safe, and affordable housing.

The foundation strengthens communities across Idaho by encouraging tax‐deductible charitable gifts to support shelters and shelter services for the homeless and disadvantaged, help avoid eviction actions to stabilize households and prevent homelessness, encourage asset‐building and education to achieve economic independence, build equity‐sharing funds to make workforce housing attainable, and facilitate tax‐advantaged land donations for affordable housing purposes.

About Idaho Housing and Finance Association Idaho Housing and Finance Association is a financial services and housing business organization. IHFA’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen Idaho communities by expanding housing opportunities, building self‐sufficiency, and fostering economic development.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas signed a proclamation on October 3rd, 2016 at the City Council meeting, declaring the month of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Executive Director of Advocates Against Family Violence, Kim Deugan, was presented the Proclamation.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

Whereas, home should be a place of warmth, unconditional love, tranquility, and security and for most of us, home and family can indeed be counted among our greatest blessings. Tragically, for many Americans, their home is tarnished by violence and fear; and

Whereas, family violence is a crime that transcends race, religion, ethnicity and economic stature and one of it’s greatest tragedies is its effect on our young people; and

Whereas, across America, an estimated 4.8 million cases of domestic violence occur each year and at its most tragic level, kills an average of more than three women every day; and

Whereas, each October, the formal recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month allows the community to acknowledge and show their support for the victims of this horrific crime; and

Whereas, a coalition of organizations has emerged to directly confront this crisis and are achieving success. Law enforcement officials, those involved with shelters and hotline services, health care providers, clergy and concerned citizens are helping in the effort to end domestic violence. We must recognize the compassion and dedication of these volunteers and professionals and applaud their efforts and increase public understanding of this important problem.

Now Therefore, I, Garet L. Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2016 as:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

And urge all citizens of Caldwell to become a part of the coordinated community response to domestic violence and to send the message that this crime will not be tolerated in our community.

Advocates Against Family Violence would like to thank Mayor Nancolas, the Canyon County Police Departments and the citizens of the City of Caldwell for their continued support. As we spread awareness of domestic violence in our community during the month of October, we recognize that it takes an entire community to stand together and make a difference. Together, we can break the cycle and impact the lives of future generations.

Caldwell Night Rodeo & Man Up Crusade Donate $4000

Special thank you to Caldwell Night Rodeo and the Man Up Crusade for donating $4000 to Advocates Against Family Violence! Their continued support provides hope, healing, and strength to all survivors served through Advocates Against Family Violence.

This $4000 donation will provide 80 bed nights for women and children in our shelter!

Caldwell Night Rodeo

Caldwell Night Rodeo

Now in its 82nd year, Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of the largest and longest-running annual events in Canyon County. It draws in rodeo fans in excess of 40,000 over 5 action-packed nights. It is listed among the Top 30 Professional Rodeos AND Top 6 Outdoor Rodeos in the nation. Caldwell Night Rodeo features some of the best professional cowboys, cowgirls and animal athletes in the world. It is an annual stop on the professional rodeo tour.

Caldwell Night Rodeo offers a true rodeo experience unlike any other. With over 500 world-class contestants and 7 action-packed nightly events, the excitement in our arena is electric. Equally divided by the infamous “Rowdies” and “Civies” – the CNR crowd plays an interactive role in the excitement of this one-of-a-kind rodeo.

In 2015 CNR was voted the #1 Large Outdoor Event in Canyon County, one of the Top 10 Rodeo’s in the US by Real Time Cowboy Magazine and one of the 101 Best Events in the West by American Cowboy Magazine.

Man Up Crusade

Man Up Crusade

The mission of the Man Up Crusade™ is to reduce domestic violence in society and contribute to social change by promoting safe and healthy relationships through education, advocacy and funding community services, and programs that share in our mission.

The Man Up Crusade was created by Canyon County Sheriff, Kieran Donahue. Kieran grew up on a cattle ranch in Eastern Idaho and learned from an early age the definition of hard work and dedication. His western heritage taught him strong family values and gave him the strength to overcome trials and tribulations.

As Kieran’s career in law enforcement developed, he saw first-hand the traumatic effects that domestic violence has on victims and their families. Domestic Violence has become an epidemic in our society and is a public health and safety issue. It is with these facts in mind that Kieran began this journey called the Man Up Crusade.

AAFV Wins Select 25 Award

AAFV Wins Select 25 Award

The Select 25 Award

The Select 25 program supports those who promote health and wellness, assist individuals with special needs, create safe environments, and build strong communities. Each year 25 winners throughout Idaho are awarded $2,500. These donations will help individuals and organizations make a healthy difference in our communities.

Hope Lane Learning Center

AAFV’s daycare, the Hope Lane Learning Center, is a preschool and after school program for children 6 weeks to twelve years of age. Hope Lane is open to the community and provides a safe, nurturing environment with fun, focused learning activities for all ages.

Hope Lane Learning Center is able to accept ICCP and service low-income families in need of superior child care. All of the staff is CPR certified, and completes regular, ongoing education and certifications to keep up to date with all child care regulations and needs.

The grant funds that we receive, the $2500, will go to purchase new playground equipment which will better facilitate the children in their journey as a survivor and help them to further develop their skills.

– Kim Deugan, Executive Director


SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health insurance organization serving more than 830,000 members in Utah and Idaho. As a subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare®, SelectHealth is committed to helping people live the healthiest lives possible. In addition to medical plans, SelectHealth offers dental, vision, pharmacy benefit management, and life and disability coverage to its members. SelectHealth plans are available for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees. SelectHealth is also a carrier for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance

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This year, more than 180 organizations applied for the award. A selection committee of representatives from SelectHeath, St. Luke’s Health System, and the community evaluated the submissions and recommended the 25 award winners. You can learn more about SelectHealth on their website.

AAFV Selected for National Advocacy Learning Center

AAFV has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to participate in the National Advocacy Learning Center. The team includes our Program Director, Tricia Combs, and two Domestic Violence Advocates.

The Advocacy Learning Center (ALC) is offered by Praxis International and Manavi in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women. the 18-month course is designed to strengthen how advocacy programs engage with survivors, address institutional responses to violence against women, and involve the community in ending violence. Team members travel to three in-person events and participate in numerous distance learning activities.

AAFV was selected as one of only 15 programs in the new class. They join 236 programs and 627 advocates who have participated in the ALC.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime and one in three women will be a victim of domestic violence. The programs participating in the ALC are working to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, prostitution, and human trafficking.

Advocates Against Family Violence works to eliminate domestic violence in families and homes by empowering individuals to make positive life choices through advocacy, support, education, affordable housing, awareness and community involvement.

Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending violence against women. If you are interested in getting involved with AAFV, click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

Share the Love

Share the Love

For their Share the Love event, Team Mazda Subaru in Caldwell presented Advocates Against Family Violence with a check as part of the Subaru of America, Inc.’s event for $10,404. We are proud to continue partnering with Team Mazda Subaru each year as they grow and extend our deep gratitude for their efforts to support our organization and end domestic violence!

Share the Love – Team Mazda Subaru

Share the Love

At Subaru of America, they stay true to the Love Promise by partnering with a wide variety of nonprofits and charities. In addition to these partnerships, every year Subaru, the owners, and retailers join hands in the “Share the Love” event, giving back to charities across the country. Over the past 20 years, Subaru of America has donated over 50 million dollars to causes they care about and logged over 28,000 volunteer hours.

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Proclamation

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Proclamation

On February 3rd, 2016, City of Caldwell Mayor Garett L. Nancolas proclaimed the month of February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The press conference was held at the Caldwell City Police Department at 10 am.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Proclamation
Whereas, females between the ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence, experiencing abuse at a rate almost triple the national average; and
Whereas, one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, this far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth; and
Whereas, high school students who experience physical violence in a dating relationship are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, are at a greater risk of suicide and are much more likely to carry patterns of abuse into future relationships; and
Whereas, young people victimized by a dating partner are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior and unhealthy dieting behaviors, disrupting normal development of self-esteem and body image; and
Whereas, nearly half of teens who experience dating violence report that incidents of abuse took place in a school building or on school grounds; and
Whereas, only 33% of teens who are in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone abuse the abuse and 81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they do not know if it is one; and
Whereas, by providing young people with education on healthy relationships and by changing attitudes that support violence, we recognize that dating violence can be prevented; and
Whereas, it is essential to raise community awareness and provide training for teachers, counselors and school staff so that they may recognize signs of dating violence.
Now, Therefore, I, Garret L. Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, Idaho do proclaim February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in the City of Caldwell and urge the community to work toward ending teen dating violence by empowering young people to develop healthier relationships, assisting victims in assessing information and support services needed, instituting effective intervention and prevention in schools and engaging in discussions with family members and peers.

View the news report on the Idaho Press Tribune website

Visit the City of Caldwell’s Website

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