The history of The Advocates

  • 1991THE BEGINNING
    It all started when five local women - Julie Caldwell, Eve Heart, Cally Huttar, Char Roth, and Vicky Starr - came together to support a local teen victim of family violence.
  • 1992THE EVOLUTION
    From '92 to '98, We grew from a volunteer-run hotline to a professionally staffed, full service program.
  • 1999THE SHELTER
    We built a permanent shelter, completely funded by community contributions. To this day, the shelter provides a safe haven for up to 20 women and children.
  • 2002THE COTTAGE
    The property next to the shelter was purchased, and the home remodeled to provide additional space. Part of the house was dedicated to office space; the other half provided new, key shelter space - rooms for women with pets, or sons over the age of 12.
  • 2003THE ATTIC
    Our thrift store opens in downtown Hailey, providing a new source of revenue to support our programs.
  • 2005THE ENDOWMENT
    Our endowment campaign raised $320,000 - a fund that is now valued at over $1 million.
  • 2007THE ANNEX
    A spacious, 2-bedroom guest house was relocated to the shelter property, providing a better space for women with animals or older sons.
  • 2009THE GARDEN
    A generous gift allowed for the creation of our Healing Garden, a children's play yard, and a vegetable garden that provides fresh food for the shelter.
  • 2010THE ANNIVERSARY
    We celebrated 20 years with a redesign of our logo.
  • 2011THE EXPANSION
    The Attic gained the retail space adjacent to the store, more than doubling the amount of floor space - and creating opportunities for increased sales of furniture and other larger items.
  • 2013THE TEENS
    2013 could be considered the year of the teens. Our student intern program - the ETCccc - is created (Every Teen has a Choice - challenge, change, community). We also launched the Green Dot campaign throughout our high schools.
  • 2014THE NEW WEBSITE
    Live, May 2, 2014!