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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Housing & Shelter, Mental Health, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission: CORA provides safety, support and healing for individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship, and educates the community to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Results: CORA recently opened its second emergency shelter This makes it San Mateo County's second emergency shelter for domestic violence victims.

Programs: CORA is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those in our community affected by domestic violence. Using trauma-informed practices, CORA serves an average of over 11,000 individuals, including their children. Programs and services include: housing and shelter; 24-hour bilingual hotline; mental health and social support services; systems advocacy and case management connects clients to resources to help them build self-sufficiency and resilience; legal advocacy and representation; food program; and community education.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Amanda114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CORA's Legal Department for a year and it was a truly life-altering, as well as career-altering, experience. Not only did I get to work with extremely talented and social justice-conscious attorneys, but I got hands on experience with domestic violence victims and survivors. I had no idea going in that I would take away as much knowledge as I did about domestic violence and its effects. CORA works tirelessly to provide assistance, in just about every conceivable form, to domestic violence victims and San Mateo County is extremely lucky to have them.

Donor

Rating: 5


It is hard to leave everything behind. CORA helps families get back on their feet after a rough life. They help women and families with housing,food, clothing and medical help.
They even set up a holiday program so the mothers can buy gifts and needed items for there children to make the holidays a happy time for their family,

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to CORA for over 8 years in the ADOPT A FAMILY program.
I started out with my own family sponsoring a CORA family for the holidays.
I am fortunate to have a home and felt it was time to give to the community. I picked CORA for all the wonderful ways they help women get back on thier feet after such a hard journey.
Now I have my office involved and we try to sponsor a larger family.
They are such a caring and loving organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with CORA weekly and have really enjoyed it. It is a great way to make a real difference in the lives of others. Everyone at CORA is so awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great experience volunteerin for CORA AT SAN MATEO. I have had the opportunity to work with victims of DV. The staff at San Mateo CORA have been great mentors. I would encouraged others to support our community and assist in educating people the importance of stopping DV.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CORA provides caring and confidential support to the women of San Mateo County who need it most. I volunteered with CORA doing peer teen counseling, teen outreach, and childcare and shelter assistance. The entire staff at CORA is welcoming and supportive. They work tirelessly to ensure domestic violence survivors have a safe place to go and have their voices heard.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for 6 months last year with CORA. I was very impressed with their mandatory training session for all volunteers, which lasted a week. The topics included (but were not limited to) date rape, physical, verbal and financial spousal abuse, and forced prostitution. The seminars also taught the importance of being culturally sensitive in interviewing a potential client who believed that they were a victim of domestic violence as well as assuring clients, who are undocumented immigrants that we are here to help them and the legal protection that they are entitled to.

As an volunteer in their legal department, I gained invaluable experience escorting
clients to their court hearings and helping the clients filling out court documents that included DV 110: Temporary Restraining Order DV-140 Child Custody and Visitation Order, CLETS-001 Confidential CLETS Information and the DV-150: Supervised Visitation & Exchange Order.
Because of my training and practical experience that I gained at CORA I have gained considerable experience in what goes on during courtroom hearings involved in the approval or denial of restraining orders hearings as well as the necessary supplemental forms that need to be submitted along with the original request for the domestic violence restraining orders. I am very impressed with both the level of concern that CORA pays to each of it's clients, whether on the telephone or in person and the quality of training that it provides for their employees. And to think that all these service to our clients is free! CORA offers the best services for victims of domestic violence of any non profit!

Sincerely,
Gregory "Greg" D. Johnson

2 Natalie54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CORA is amazing. I cannot say enough about how helpful and educational this non-profit is. I seriously love this place. I had referred so many people to call and get services from here. I am a volunteer and I learned so much in my training. I look forward to spreading the knowledge and word about Cora's amazing contributions to many different communities.

2 Gail40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a survivor or relationship abuse, I found CORA to be a beacon of light for those who are still trying to get out of abusive situations. They offer emotional, legal, and resource support for anyone who needs it, including counseling, emergency shelter, and assistance with legal matters like restraining orders, etc. The people there genuinely care, and I am honored to be a volunteer!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with CORA for many years now. I learned about CORA after a friend and colleague was killed by her husband. I wish I knew about CORA before this tragedy occurred, perhaps it could have prevented it. I have had the privilege of serving on the CORA Board of Directors since 2010. Through my participation on the Board, I have personally witnessed the dedication of the staff. These people care so much about their clients and they do so much to provide a caring and healing environment for them. I'm proud to be a supporter of CORA and to be part of their Board.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CORA since 2005. I was initially on the Board of Directors and am currently on the Advisory Board. The professionals and volunteers that comprise the CORA staff are an energetic, dedicated, financially responsible and scrupulous group who bring great passion to what they do. Because the organization provides an incredibly vital and invaluable service to those of San Mateo County whose lives have been shattered by family violence, it deserves the unwavering support of our community.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

CORA has been serving those in San Mateo County affected by domestic abuse for many years and has done so effectively and compassionately. despite budgetary constraints resulting from the country's economic downturn. CORA remains a vibrant, vital agency against all odds and deserves the highest rating that GREATNONPROFITS can confer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found out about CORA when I attended one of their fund raising events. I was very impressed with the full scope of services they provide to empower people in abusive relationships to become independent. CORA goes beyond just providing a 24*7 hot line service, they provide education, emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, etc. their staff is compassionate, understanding and extremely knowledgeable & professional. I'm very proud to be a member of their board.