The Community Resource Center on April 1 presented its 22nd annual English Tea, “Secret Garden,” at the Encinitas Community Center. Event proceeds provide critical support to CRC’s domestic violence intervention, education and prevention services and other CRC programs that help families move toward self-sufficiency.
CRC is North County’s leading provider of domestic violence programs. The organization’s 24-bed emergency shelter offers a safe home to families, and CRC provides critical counseling and support services to hundreds of individuals in crisis each year. The Therapeutic Children’s Center (TCC) serves children under the age of 18 who live at Carol’s House and is a national model designed to help children recovering from the traumatic effects of domestic violence. Every month, the center receives more than 150 crisis calls on its domestic violence hotline, during which CRC directly provides resources and support to victims.
“If you knew someone who was experiencing domestic violence, where would you turn for help?” asked CRC CEO Isabel St.Germain Singh. “CRC provides safety and stability for households in crisis from domestic violence, as well as education programs and counseling that aid in the prevention of such violence. The annual English Tea provides necessary funding so that CRC can continue to meet the needs of those coming to us for help.”
This year’s keynote address was delivered by Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan, who has served as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County for 27 years, rising through the ranks to appointments as Chief of the DA’s North County Branch and Chief of the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, which are special victim units that she pioneered. In 2012, she was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney.
Peggy Pico, former KPBS “Evening Edition” host, served as the event’s emcee. Pico has won two Emmy Awards and numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and the San Diego Press Club.
“We are pleased to have Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan as our keynote speaker for this year’s English Tea,” said Patricia Moore, chairperson of the English Tea Committee. “I see this event as important to our community not only for the essential funds that we raise, but also as an opportunity to educate and inform community leaders.”