Women’s Center Update
August 6, 2004
Let me first introduce myself: I am Lalaine C. Agbigay. I have been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for almost three years now. I came from the Ilocos region of the Philippines and speak Tagalog and Ilocano. In the Philippines I worked as a medical social worker for eight years, working with clients/patients with social, emotional and economic problems that affected their medical and social situations. Now, I work as an advocate at the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center and would like to thank the staff there for giving me the opportunity to help my community, my people and others who need my help.
The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is an exceptional agency that provides much needed services to our community. Primarily, the Women’s Center is dedicated to improving the emotional, social and economic condition of women and families in the community. They do this through programs and services that address domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and basic needs. The Women’s Center also provides specific services like parenting education classes and giving out clothing and food for those in need. We have bread generously donated by Safeway in the office on Wednesdays. Feel free to stop in for bread or to talk with an advocate.
We all tend to be more comfortable with the kinds of people with whom we share culture, skin color, language or with those we feel have a greater level of understanding about our situations. I offer assistance to the community in English, Tagalog and Ilocano – whatever language you are most comfortable with. In this way, I am available to listen to your concerns regarding family issues that are troubling you. Then, we can work together to identify your needs and I would be happy to extend help and assist you in finding community resources that meet your needs.
If you’d like to talk, feel free to stop by the Women’s Center to see me. If transportation is a problem, give me a call and we can arrange a good time for me to come visit you at home or anywhere else you would feel comfortable. Through home visits we can discuss health issues, assess child-care needs and employment issues and I can advocate and accompany you to local social services agencies that may be helpful to you. If you would like more information or have questions, please feel free to call me at (530) 544-2118.
– Lalaine C. Agbigay is a bilingual advocate at the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.