CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Everyone deserves to live a life
free from fear and violence.

Everyone deserves to
live a life free from fear
and violence.


LifeWire’s 2022 Impact
Report to our generous
donors and supportive
community.


In this annual report,
we share with you the
powerful impact of
LifeWire’s work, and
stories about the
strength and courage
of the domestic violence
survivors we serve

LIFEWIRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT
Rebecca Houghton
Microsoft

VICE PRESIDENT
Theresa Anderson
REI

TREASURER
Brenda Puls
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

SECRETARY
Sabrina Quarles Coleman
Eli Lilly & Company

PAST PRESIDENT
Andrew Farrell
Symetra

DIRECTORS
Carissa Allen
Microsoft

Shawn Anderson
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Valerie Chrusciel
Overlake Medical Center & Clinics

Ashica DeMira
Gerontological Clinical Social Worker

Norm Escover
NAES Corporation

Monique Gablehouse
EvergreenHealth

Cristina House
Microsoft

Cynthia Jorgensen
The Boeing Company

Elizabeth Mangini
2A Consulting

Karen Melanson
Amazon

Laurie Miyauchi
Microsoft

Trey Williamson
Pokémon Go

Grant Yerke
Broderick Group

Dear Friends,


When survivors and families in our community face violence and abuse at the hands of someone they love, they turn to LifeWire for help. In 1982, LifeWire started out as Eastside Domestic Violence Program, an all-volunteer crisis line. In 1998, we began providing emergency shelter and transitional housing services, and we have increased capacity annually to meet the growing need for critical services in our community.


Today, we are celebrating 40 Years of Service—providing direct services to over 3,300 survivors annually. We are the most comprehensive domestic violence (DV) service agency in Washington State and the largest DV housing provider in King
County—providing emergency and relocation services for survivors and their children who would otherwise have to remain in an abusive household or become homeless.


Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children in the nation. LifeWire launched the Hope Starts Here Capital Campaign in 2018 to address this issue. Thanks to LifeWire’s generous donors and supportive community, we completed the Campaign in May 2022, having raised $15.75M to purchase a 25-unit apartment complex, provide ADA-accessible apartments, and build a services office in one central location.


This fall, we will move homeless survivors and their families into their new apartments, creating a vibrant community with on-site services and easy access to transportation, schools, and additional resources. We will increase housing access for survivors and children in our community who are facing the greatest safety risks and highest barriers to safe housing.


We have made great strides, but there is still more work to be done. As we recover from COVID-19 and economic uncertainty, the need for LifeWire services continues to grow in numbers and intensity. Time and time again, we have faced the need for change head-on, and embraced the opportunity to be a leader in the
mission to end domestic violence.


This year, LifeWire is transitioning to new leadership who will continue to move this incredible organization forward. We are committed to providing every possible resource to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of the survivors we serve.


Thank you for all the ways you help LifeWire! Through your generosity, LifeWire can provide the support and resources that survivors and their children need to build safer, more stable lives. Thank you!

Gratefully,

Rebecca Houghton, Board President
Rebecca Houghton, LifeWire Board President
Brian Hughes, Interim Executive Director
Brian Hughes, LifeWire Interim Executive Director

ADVOCACY SERVICES

LifeWire is a nationally recognized leader
and the largest comprehensive service
provider dedicated to preventing and
ending domestic violence in Washington.
Our innovative programs, services, and
advances in prevention and education
in our schools and communities have a
far-reaching impact.
We partner with each survivor on their
journey to regain renewed strength and
empowerment. We listen to survivors
describe their needs and help them
identify resources that will enable them to
build safer lives. By tailoring our support
to each survivor, we can respond to their
unique barriers, challenges, and goals.

Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

The need for our services quickly grew during the pandemic, both in numbers and intensity. We experienced exponential increases in requests for housing and food assistance, as well as safety planning, legal help, and mental health therapy.

The pandemic forced abusers, survivors, and children into extended close contact, increasing the likelihood and severity of violence. Survivors who had already left abusive partners found it harder to stay safe and struggled to maintain their economic stability.

Thanks to creative planning, technology, and the dedication of our staff, LifeWire quickly adjusted in March 2020 to keep our shelters open and offer all other services virtually. To meet emerging needs, we expanded critical and emergency services.

We kept a skeleton staff at our shelters and continued to accept new families as shelter space became available. Thanks to new safety measures, and a little luck, there weren’t any confirmed COVID-19 cases in our shelters. Advocates became deeply creative to meet the new challenges:

  • Communicating with survivors through safe words and secure emails when an abusive partner was almost always home
  • Purchasing necessities online for families with health concerns so they didn’t have to venture out for diapers, wipes, or medicine
  • Using promissory letters and landlord education to help survivors relocate
  • Virtually accompanying survivors through court proceedings
  • Helping participants purchase phones, computers or other technology needed to access services

We anticipate that the effects of the pandemic in terms of home displacement, rental arrears, legal backlogs, trauma, mental health concerns and other immediate survivor needs will continue for 2-3 years after Washington state reopens. For survivors, this crisis is far from over

Not everyone can safely make a call

Woman in kitchen looking down and typing on her phone


Our helpline is staffed 24/7, but not everyone can safely make the call.

“Beth” was worried about her safety. Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order reduced her chance of catching or spreading COVID-19, but it left her vulnerable to other dangers.

Her husband lost hours at work, which meant a smaller paycheck and more time trapped at home with him. While he never hurt her physically, the emotional abuse grew by the day, scaring Beth and their young daughter.

In her brief moments alone, Beth reached out to LifeWire via email. Working with an advocate only through email, Beth put together a safety plan and came up with ways to keep her and her daughter safer.

Become a lifeline for survivors like Beth now when they need it most and give today.

LifeWire’s COVID-19 Update

All of us at LifeWire hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this health crisis. We want to share an update about how our services and our survivors are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LifeWire continues to serve survivors

Thanks to creative planning, technology, and the dedication of our staff, LifeWire is able to offer all of our existing services. Advocates and therapists regularly meet with participants by video or phone, and our support groups have moved online. We are operating our shelter with limited on-site staff and staffing our helpline around the clock.

The need for our services during the COVID-19 pandemic is growing. We have seen an increase in the number of requests for housing assistance and food, as well as safety planning, legal help, and mental health therapy.

Continue reading “LifeWire’s COVID-19 Update”