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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.

Target demographics: Those experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 11,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: San Mateo County

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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at CORA shifted my views about not only domestic violence, but my ability to make an impact in working with and advocating for survivors. I began my 40-hour training in September of 2013 and volunteered for several months after until departing for graduate school. My training was incredible to say the least. I was provided knowledge and knowledge and resources by a compassionate and dedicated staff. I took away so much, but most importantly was a desire to work to aid survivors in whatever ways I could.

I began working on CORA's crisis hotline and educational outreach teams right away. Both are run with expertise and efficiency. I got the opportunity to work resource tables at high schools and LGBTQ targeted events (which was especially important to me as a gay man). Tabling felt effective, as we had ample resources to distribute that were concise and informative. As a volunteer I could suggest events as well and felt like my voice was heard in planning different tabling locations.

On the crisis line I felt like a valuable team member. I received extensive training before beginning to answer phone calls from various organizations and folks who were dealing with domestic violence situations. I was giving the same responsibilities as many employed staff, which was extremely empowering; I felt like I was making a difference each day I went in.

Finally, CORA allowed me to explore my own interests and develop my skills in a setting doing important nonprofit work. I was allowed to develop a presentation about LGBTQ domestic violence and to present this presentation as a staff training. Furthermore, I was the point person for implementing changes to CORA services to make us more visible to the community as an inclusive service provider. I was give free reign to work on this initiative, further empowering me and allowing me to grow as a soon-to-be graduate student.

Ultimately, CORA is an AMAZING place to volunteer one's time - I know I hope to continue working with them in the future after receiving my doctorate. The services CORA provide to San Mateo county are infinitely valuable as well. I feel both humbled and grateful to have been a volunteer at this organization, as the work that the staff does is nothing short of outstanding. The entire staff is dedicated entirely to wiping out domestic violence, and they are worth every word of my praise.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of CORA in 2013 after attending the Spring fundraiser. I am a Director for Kaiser Permanente's Department of Psychiatry in SSF. KP has an extremely active and committed program for DV. I am proud to be a partner with CORA in our efforts to treat and prevent DV.

CORAs staff and volunteers have helped countless numbers of our KP clients and staff. The do this work with such dedication and compassion. They all have an undying committment to all affected by DV.

I have been so impressed with CORA's committement to all affected by DV. We are one for few DV shelters that will accept men in our housing programs. DV is not only a women's issue and men can be abused or be in the abusive household. We have so many Asian and Latino families that have male children the household that have turned 18 but still dependent on family, We have families with elderly parents. Where are these male family member supposed to go if the shelter or housing program will not accept men? CORA also has deep committments to the LGBTI communities and provides excellent care to this community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege to volunteer on the Board of an organization full of people committed to making a difference in the lives of domestic abuse survivors. The leadership team is inspirational and dedicated to the cause that most people even refuse to acknowledge.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have just joined the CORA Board of Directors, and I feel great positive energy and inspiration from all the staff members as well as my fellow board members. CORA's team is devoted to serving as many in the community as possible, and carefully utilizing resources. I am very excited to be lending a hand on CORA's Board. Assisting people in the crisis of domestic violence is critical to healing our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a long time since I've seen such a large number of staff from one organization demostrate the same amount of thoughtfulness and helpfullness to this community in need. Whether 40% or 100% of the needs are met, the clients who come through here are always appreciative and move on with a better state of mind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for CORA as a summer legal intern in 2012. I worked with legal advocates and attorneys who dedicated their career to providing assistance to domestic violence survivors. Assisting with research, court appearances and interviews, I was able to witness first hand the impact CORA has on the local community. I honestly believe that CORA save lives, helps make san mateo county a safer community and instils its citizens with a voice.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became actively involved with CORA following the tragic murder of a colleague, her 4-year old daughter and unborn baby. The more I learned about relationship abuse, and CORA specifically, the more I wanted to help.

CORA's has earned a leadership role in the community through education, strong collaboration with other agencies, and by being a clear voice of advocacy for the victims of DV. But perhaps most importantly, CORA is best know as an organization with great heart - every member of the staff is a treasure - they treat victims with deep respect while providing what they need most - hope and a way forward.

I've served on CORA's board and advisory board in the past and have recently re-joined the board. This is a very special organization that I'm honored to be a part of.