Community Service is an essential part of Wraith, Scarlett & Randolph. WSR takes pride in giving each employee the opportunity to give back to their communities. Here is one of our local community service organizations.

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Founded in 1977 as the Yolo County Sexual Assault Center, Empower Yolo was started by five women from Davis, CA who identified a need and began providing crisis intervention services out of an apartment.  Soon thereafter, domestic violence services were added and the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center became Yolo County’s sole provider of specialized services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In 1980, the agency received a federal grant to establish its first shelter and that fall, Harper House, the county’s first shelter for battered women and children, was opened. In November of 1999, Empower Yolo’s current confidential shelter facility – the 25-bed Wallace and Vanucci shelter, opened to residents in place of Harper House.

In January 2014, in an effort to more effectively encompass our vast programs and services, as well as highlight the connection between client, organization and community, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center became Empower Yolo. Today, Empower Yolo is the county’s largest provider of services to women and children and only residential and counseling agency whose primary purpose is to provide specialized services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse and other forms of abuse.

Empower Yolo Board

Empower Yolo Board

 In 2013:

  •  285 women and children escaping violence received a total of 8,280 bed nights of safe shelter
  •  Answered over 1,800 crisis line calls – ensuring that survivors received the immediate crisis intervention and support they needed.
  •  Empower Yolo’s Counseling Program provided counseling to 872 survivors of violence.
  •  135 victims of violence received restraining order assistance and 159 received court accompaniment.
  •  Provided 71 educational presentations to 823 people – on the topics of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse.
  •  Facilitated 39 high school presentations on dating violence, sexual assault and risk reduction strategies to 900 students in Yolo County.
  • Provided on-site emergency response and advocacy services to 147 survivors of sexual assault.
  • Provided personal and social service advocacy to 295 individuals.
  • In 2013, Empower Yolo’s incredible volunteers provided 5,115 hours of direct service.

    Empower Yolo Staff

    Empower Yolo Staff

Please visit for a list of the free and confidential services offered as well as a list of upcoming events. 

Here are just some of the organizations who have benefits from WSR’s efforts:

  • Woodland HealthCare Auxillary
  • Woodland United Way
  • Yolo County Food Bank

And are members of:

  • Rotary, Soroptimist International of Woodland, Active 20/30 Club