We aren\’t triathletes you know…


Let's talk a little about the Women's Resource Center (WRC) in Oceanside, CA

Founded in 1974 by local citizens concerned about the lack of services for women and their children, the Center is a leader in establishing programs for both victims and perpetrators. Additionally, the center has pioneered the development of abuse prevention education materials.

A crisis hotline has been maintained and staffed by trained volunteers and counselors since the Center's inception. This 24 – hour line provides around the clock services to those in life – threatening situations. They also act as advocates for survivors of sexual assault.

They offer: Individual Counseling; Groups for women in abusive relationships; Parenting classes; groups for Adults Molested as Children; Sexual Assault support groups; groups for Stalking Victims; groups for Children who have witnessed family violence; and a Family Violence Intervention Program for the batterers.

(taken from LilithFair.com)

We feel this organization needs our help. Stef and Lindsey have volunteered at this shelter on Christmas, Halloween and other holidays. The families occupying the rooms have nothing. The women can't indulge in a hot shower before a homecooked meal; the children don't have their own rooms or living space.

We (the organization that we volunteered with) provided food, presents, and Santa on Christmas, and games and face-painting on Halloween. Some of the kids couldn't dress up because they couldn't buy a costume.  While we search for the perfect costume and accessories, they are using last year's princess or ninja outfit.  These pleasures we take for granted are lost. The kids don't know what its like to drive in an SUV to baseball practice. There are no after school dance lessons or karate classes. They come home to an chain fenced apartment-like building in Oceanside and play on a dirt playground or in a common room with handfuls of other kids going through the same pain.  Pain of seeing their mom hurt by their father or another man. No woman can focus on being the mother she wants to be while going through such trauma.

By supporting this organization, we do not intend to portray men in a negative way. The men in our lives have all been extremely supportive and loving. All of our parents are still married and living in Encinitas with our pets: Puss Puss, Rosie and Buffy, Penny, Kona and Candy. They have given us their trust and compassion all 21 years of our lives. We hope that those who have had such postive males in their own lives view it as a pleasure, and in return give something to those who can't enjoy such a precious gift.

 I hope that our friends and family support our decision to take on this challenging bike trip and help us raise money for families that need some serious TLC.  I hope to share part of my life with theirs during this one month bike trip.

Thank you from my heart.


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I live in a dive house in Oceanside. (With a chain link fence). I dont’ know what it’s like to drive in an SUV either. I may have to ditch my family one day. 😉 You gals ROCK! I would donate but I gotta help this friend of mine make it to Montana…

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