Eastside Domestic Violence Program is now LifeWire

June 19, 2012

After 30 years, the Eastside Domestic Violence Program is changing its name to LifeWire to better represent its mission of providing safety to victims of domestic violence and the continuum of care LifeWire provides families on the path to healing.

LifeWire’s programs include a 24-hour crisis line, shelters that provide safe housing, advocacy services, groups for children and teens, a Latina outreach program, counseling and women’s support groups. Last year, LifeWire answered nearly 11,000 crisis line calls and worked with almost 5,200 local victims of domestic violence. Since 1982, LifeWire has served more than 115,000 victims and their children, helping them escape from abusive homes and relationships.

Learn more at www.lifewire.org or contact Kelly Becker at kellypb@lifewire.org or 562-8840, ext. 253.

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Issaquah Women’s Club luncheon supports scholarships, local charities

February 28, 2012

At a recent meeting of the Issaquah Women’s Club, a speaker from the Eastside Domestic Violence Program expounded upon how the 60 or so scholarships supplied to that group over the years by the club had changed lives.

The scholarships were intended to help clients of the program get back on their feet, to help them get out of abusive situations. Past president and current promotions director for the Women’s Club Deborah Bader said she and other group members especially enjoyed hearing personal stories about how their efforts had helped other women.

“It was just really special,” Bader added.

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Who’s News

February 14, 2012

Renee Chaffin serves as Senate page

Sen. Cheryl Pflug and Renee Chaffin

Renee Chaffin, a sophomore at Skyline High School in Sammamish, recently participated in the Senate Page Program during the third week of the 2012 session. Chaffin was sponsored by Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-Maple Valley).

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to get firsthand experience working in the Legislature. Pages get a variety of experiences in their weeklong stay in Olympia, including running errands, delivering mail and paging in the Senate Chamber. Pages are also taught about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process.

Chaffin was one of 17 students chosen to participate last week.

“Renee was a delight this week,” Pflug said. “I am grateful for her passion, and it was exciting to see her passion for government.”

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Issaquah Women’s Club holds scholarship fundraiser

October 25, 2011

In order to help support three separate scholarship programs, the Issaquah Women’s Foundation of the Issaquah Women’s Club presents a benefit concert from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Vasa Park Ballroom in Bellevue.

The featured entertainment will be Route 66, which performs the big band sounds of the swing era.

The Issaquah Women’s Foundation is the charity arm of the Issaquah Women’s Club. Founded in 1983, the group is an official 501(c)3 charity. The club is a social and service organization with about 100 members, said the group’s publicity committee chairwoman Deborah Bader.

“It’s grown over the years,” she added, saying members are of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

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Organizations detail local increase in domestic violence

October 18, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 18, 2011

Local agencies assisting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors told King County Council members Monday to preserve funding for service providers as the number of people seeking assistance increases.

Representatives from human service organizations said domestic violence is on the rise in King County and throughout the nation.

On the Eastside, victims tend to underreport domestic violence and sexual assault.

The service providers cited reluctance on the part of more prominent or affluent domestic violence survivors to come for services due to shame, potential lack of income, and fear of embarrassing a partner and worsening the situation.

In addition, sexual assault survivors in many Eastside communities tend to use private therapists rather than nonprofit organizations for help to avoid reporting incidents to law enforcement.

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Mother-daughter teams ride the wave of cycling joy

October 4, 2011

Emily and Carol Weisbecker wave at onlookers as they pedal along the 12-mile Cycle the WAVE ride on Sept. 18. Contributed

The numbers 371 and 371 were attached to the back of their seats in bold black type.

On their green, four-wheeled recumbent bicycle, Emily and Carol Weisbecker took off from the Cycle the WAVE starting line with one goal in mind — to live together in the moment.

They didn’t know if they’d make the full 12-mile bike ride, but they didn’t really care. They were riding in tandem.

For Carol, the Sept. 18 all-women’s bike ride benefiting domestic violence survivors was a chance to include her daughter — who has mental and physical disabilities — in her long-time joy of cycling.

For the men and women benefiting from the ride’s donations, the event is a chance to break away from the cycle of domestic violence in their lives.

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Who’s News

July 12, 2011

Friends of Youth names new CEO

The board of directors of Friends of Youth recently promoted its chief operating officer, Terry Pottmeyer, to chief executive officer, replacing retiring CEO Joan Campbell.

The move will be effective Aug. 1.

Pottmeyer joined Friends of Youth, which has an office in Issaquah, in 2010.

She has held a number of high-profile roles at Friends of Youth, including chief program officer and chief operating officer.

Dentist’s office supports local charities

For the 11th consecutive year, Dr. Theresa Cheng has given a percentage of her March revenue to organizations that support women in honor and support of International Women’s Day, March 8.

This year, she donated more than $3,000 to the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Eastside Baby Corner and Women’s Veteran Group.

Learn more about International Women’s Day at www.internationalwomensday.com.

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Restorix Health hyperbaric chamber leads to space-age medical research

February 15, 2011

Mention hyperbaric chambers, and most people start thinking about pressurized rooms where scuba divers afflicted with the bends go to recover.

But the chambers can be used for much more, and Issaquah’s Restorix Health plans to participate in hyperbaric treatment and research to find other medical uses for the pressurized chambers.

“We think there is great potential nationwide for what they’re doing and what they started in Issaquah,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott said, congratulating it for receiving one of the chamber’s three Innovation in Issaquah awards.

Restorix Health Medical Director Latisha Smith shows one of the clinic’s six hyperbaric chambers. Restorix Health’s model of comprehensive care and research helped it receive an Innovation in Issaquah award. By Laura Geggel

Restorix Health, which opened in Issaquah in December, has grand ambitions for its comprehensive health care delivery system. With six hyperbaric chambers, it has the largest collection of large monoplace chambers in the country. The chambers deliver oxygen with an increased atmospheric pressure, and can help heal patients with diverse maladies, including diabetic patients who have dying tissue deprived of its regular dose of oxygen.

“By putting your whole body under pressure, we dissolve oxygen into the liquid part of your body,” Medical Director Tommy Love said.

Increased oxygen levels can stimulate different responses in the body, including faster healing and increased stem cells, Medical Director Latisha Smith said.

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Local women share business tips at Sip

December 28, 2010

Every month, women from Issaquah and the Eastside come together for appetizers and wine while they socialize and network for an hour out of their busy week.

The group, Sips and Tips, started in August, and continues to grow in numbers at Sip Wine Bar and Restaurant in the Issaquah Highlands.

The brainchildren of the group, Sip co-owner Jamie Scelzi and Seattle Restaurants Unlimited Marketing Director Karen Lawler, initially started it in Gig Harbor, where the Scelzis owned another Sip restaurant. When that restaurant closed in May, the duo moved Sips and Tips to Issaquah. Read more

Teenagers think inside of the box

November 23, 2010

Cold campout raises awareness of homelessness

Even after spending more than an hour building her cardboard box house and sleeping with nothing but cardboard and a sleeping bag between her and the raw outside, Kristin Dietzel was ready to tackle the day’s challenges as a temporary homeless minor.

But, as the day wore on, Dietzel, an eighth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, found herself growing tired. She had fasted for 24 hours, gone digging through Dumpsters for meals, walked door to door for a food drive and panhandled outside a grocery store in Issaquah, all on the cold, gray day of Nov. 13.

She and 23 other students learned about homelessness in a 24-hour activity called Box Out, held by the Faith United Methodist Church youth group. Director of Youth Ministries Robert Seybold started the program seven years ago, but this is the first year he has organized it in Issaquah.

For Seybold, homelessness is a personal issue. As a teenager growing up in Yakima, he was homeless on and off for three years.

“I just remember what it was like to have to cover myself up with cardboard boxes whenever it would be raining or snowing,” he said. “I would grab plastic bags from the grocery store to prevent them from getting wet.”

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