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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

1 Story 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Leaving an abusive relationship is extremely difficult, and once you have left it can take years to recover. Many people never leave because they believe they lack the support and resources to do so. If only they knew about CORA. CORA provides both the practical resources (food, shelter, legal services, transitional housing) and emotional support victims need to move out and on with their lives.

Before I found CORA, I didn't know how I would ever get free of my abuser. CORA taught me what my legal rights were. They helped me win a restraining order and secure valuable services for my daughter. Most importantly, they helped me realize that what happened to me was not my fault, and they taught me the difference between a healthy relationship and an abusive one. Thanks to CORA, I feel I am abuse proof.

If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, don't wait for things to get better. They won't. Call the CORA hotline and start taking the first steps toward freedom. It's totally confidential and you are under no obligation to take action.

Review from Guidestar