C.O.R.A. Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse – Serving San Mateo County for 40 Years.


On February 16, 2017, San Mateo Chamber of Commerce awarded CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) the COMMUNITY Award acknowledging its values and visions. CORA’s began in 1977 as La Casa de San Mateo. Now, 40 years later, CORA is the only San Mateo County provider of a wide range of assistance to domestic abuse victims.

CORA wants the community to know about the broad spectrum of life-saving services they offer victims of domestic abuse including education for the public. CORA is partnered with a safety net of support organizations that encompasses many facets of the community, providing services such as: emergency shelter, semi-permanent housing, assistance with affordable housing, 24-hour hotline, mental health services, job placement help, assistance from law enforcement, a children’s program and legal assistance.

Vibrant & Energetic Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are an important part of CORA. Their involvement may include peer counseling, fielding calls on the 24 hour hotline or assisting with the Emergency Response Program. There is a comprehensive 40-hour training and the application can be found on the CORA website.

Donations can be made online one time or monthly. Donations take many forms including gift cards or specific non-monetary items which can really make a difference. The items CORA is currently seeking include: socks, new underwear, new pillows, laptop computers, and sweatshirts. The CORA wish list gets updated on their website frequently.

$1 Equals $2 Campaign: CORA has a special funder who wishes to involve those in the community under 30 years of age. The special funder will personally match every donated dollar received from anyone under age 30.

CORA’s annual fundraising event is coming up next month at the Burlingame Marriott. The SPEAK UP luncheon will take place on March 23rd. The guest speaker is the Pittsburgh Steeler’s William Gay who will share a very powerful and tragic personal life story.

CORA makes an impact in the community and makes a difference in the lives of domestic abuse victims. Their goal, as stated on their comprehensive website (www.corasupport.org), indicates “creating a community where intimate partners treat one another with mutual respect, compassion and integrity.”

Some facts:

The 40th Year Campaign has a fund raising goal of $300,000.
The 24 Hour hotline number is (800) 300-1080 and responds to over 12,000 calls per year.
CORA Office Telephone number: (650) 652-0800
Tours of the CORA Community Office are offered and can be scheduled by calling the office.

If you know in a domestic violence situation in need of help, share CORA’s message with them: “The abuse is not their fault, they are not alone, and help is available.”



Under 30 and want to end abuse? Every dollar you give becomes two!


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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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