The Women’s Crisis Family Outreach Center in Castle Rock received an early Christmas gift from a Castle Rock photographer. Melissa Loid Lazar, …
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The Women’s Crisis Family Outreach Center in Castle Rock
received an early Christmas gift from a Castle Rock
Melissa Loid Lazar, owner of The Whole Part Photography, has
embarked on a mission to raise $40,000 for the domestic violence
support outreach. Lazar was originally invited to donate a
photography package for a crisis center silent auction fundraiser
when she turned that donation into something much more.
Lazar tapped into her client base to solicit families who would
be interested in letting their children model for the 2009 Calendar
of Love. The overwhelming response resulted in a calendar filled
with professional photographs of 150 children, primarily from
The calendars were delivered Oct. 30 and were the star item of a
launch party attended by more than 100 visitors. The Women’s Crisis
Family Outreach Center has a $1 million budget and in 2007 served
more than 14,000 victims of domestic violence, said Jaime Stevens,
special events and volunteer coordinator.
“We provide a 24-hour emergency shelter in a 12-bed shelter
available to women and children in emergency situations,” Stevens
said. “We have to redirect as many clients as we can serve through
In addition to the shelter, the crisis center provides services
to victims with a 24-hour emergency hotline, legal advocacy
services to help clients navigate the daunting legal process,
professional mental help therapy on a sliding scale and
school-based preventive services to support at-risk children.
The crisis center hosts a handful of fundraisers throughout the
year, including the popular empty bowl event.
The center recently launched its annual Adopt-A-Family program
to bring holiday cheer to women and children receiving services
from the clinic and other programs.
More than 85 percent of money raised for the shelter is returned
to victims in the form of support services, Stevens said.
Lazar this year hopes that number increases from the sale of
2,000 calendars at a tax-deductible cost of $20 each.
The outreach is rooted in a personal domestic violence
experience Lazar holds close to her heart. A single mom whose
ex-husband is primarily absent, Lazar said domestic violence has
“absolutely” touched her life, from her childhood into her
“I’ve been through so much, I’ve never needed [the support of
the crisis center] but … a lot of bad [things have] happened in my
life,” she said. “I decided I wanted to raise a lot of money.”
The Calendar of Love is available to purchase at www.thewholepartphotography.com.
Those without Internet access can purchase over the phone at
For more information about the Women’s Crisis Family Outreach
Center, visit www.twcfoc.org.
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