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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.

Community Stories

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


I work for Kaiser as a social worker/therapist and have referred many clients to CORA. These clients have found their services to be incredibly helpful, more so transformative and life changing! Happy to nominate such an incredible organziation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a physician and I , unfortunately , more often than I'd like, need to refer patients from my Internal Medcine practice to CORA, for issues of spousal abuse. On occasion, as well, I will refer a woman who is accompanied by her pimp, a situation often associate with abuse. We have her call CORA whileshe is in the privacy of our office.
The feed back I get is always very positive.
This winter some of us helped provide gifts for clients of CORA and their children. IWhile interacting with the CORA staff, I found they were efficient and professionl at all times.
Amy Portmore, MD

Review from Guidestar