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CORA - Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse

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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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Amanda114


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.



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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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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