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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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,

Previous Stories

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

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a concerned citizen, residing in San Mateo County. During this period in time I am seeing more violence directed at women and children. This is an epidemic, it is local, nationwide, and worldwide. It appears anger management is needed. Are people becoming less tolerant when dealt with difficult situations?

In the last year I heard about CORA and the wonderful work they do in assisting those who are in need of rescue from their abusers. In reading about CORA I was surprised to learn that they are the only agency in San Mateo County that assists those who are verbally or physically abused. I also learned that 30% of their clients are men, I was very surprised at the high number.

My husband and I have become CORA supporters. We both feel this is a very necessary agency that needs our support, hopefully many others will acquaint themselves of the good work CORA performs and will also become supporters of this wonderful agency. Their staff is very dedicated and professional.

Donor

Rating: 5

I proudly donate to CORA because they work tirelessly to make my community a better, safer place to live by helping victims of domestic violence break the cycle and become independent, healthy individuals and families. CORA’s dedicated staff provides emergency hotline counseling and court services as well as long-term housing, education, therapy, financial assistance and job-training support. When children in San Mateo County grow up in a safe and healthy home instead of an environment clouded by anxiety and anger, when individuals reach their full potential and contribute to the community instead of feeling powerless and helpless while living in fear and pain, I know that my money has been well spent.

Donor

Rating: 4

CORA is a desperately needed organization that touches the lives of individuals in need of emotional support. Not only do they provide a safe place for individuals, they provide them with donations of food and clothing. The emotional support and a safe place to go is so much more important than anyone who has never been exposed to an abusive relationship could ever imagine. With CORA's help and that of dedicated volunteers and donors a positive difference is made in the lives of those who need it the most - abused partners and children.

Donor

Rating: 5

A much needed resource (unfortunately)! The work CORA does is so important to ensure everyone lives safe.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have particiated in CORA's annual Adopt-a-Family program for the past 10 years and have been a group coordinatory for the past 3 years. I encourage my co-workers to participate in this event because of the excellent work CORA does in support of women and children in our community that would otherwise not have a happy holiday. CORA does an excellent job understanding their needs and helping to fill them. The CORA employees are cheerful, helpful and organized. I appreciate everything they do.

Review from Guidestar