Executive Director // NEWS

Philanthropy in Napa Valley

Tracy Lamb believes that everyone can play a role in pre- venting violence. Currently executive director of NEWS, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Services (formerly Napa Emergency Women’s Shelter), Lamb has worked in the violence-survivor field for 35 years; 15 of those at NEWS. “Domestic violence and sexual abuse take a heavy toll on a community at many levels and the impact on our medical, criminal, and civil justice systems is costly,” said Lamb, who moved with her husband from Michigan to Napa in 1984. At NEWS, she oversees a staff dedicated to promoting safe communities and social change through prevention, intervention, education, and advocacy. NEWS provides safety, hope, healing, and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. “There are thousands of individual survivors in our community who suffer from trauma and  emotional  effects,  economic impacts such as lost income and homelessness, and physical implications. There are school children who have witnessed or been exposed to violence, which impacts  their ability  to learn and socialize  in school  and puts them at risk of future  violence in their lives.”  Lamb wants the community  to know that NEWS  is a safe and confidential place to turn for help. The program offers a six-bedroom safehouse programming for kids exposed to violence, support groups in English and Spanish, assistance with housing issues related to domestic assault, and 24-hour immediate in-person response to survivors.” I love this community,” said Lamb, who, when not at work, can be found running local trails with her Yellow Lab Rusty. “And I am committed to helping people find a path to healing that works best for them.”

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Article By: Fran Miller