Justice Day in Sacramento
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” — Benjamin Franklin
TOP GUN Trial Lawyer of the Year nominations
This year’s charity: Eli Home
Each year, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association selects a charity as the recipient of the proceeds raised during the annual Top Gun Awards ceremony. This year, after careful vetting of many worthy organizations, OCTLA selected The Eli Home. The Eli Home was founded in 1983 by Lorri Galloway, who had a vision to provide a “place to call home” for abused women and children in Anaheim. The organization’s objectives include independent living through permanent housing, jobs, and mental health. At Eli Home, homeless abused children and their mothers who have been driven from their homes by violence receive housing (2-12 months) and extensive program services. Eli also provides a shared housing setting for mothers and their children who cannot locate affordable permanent housing.
The Eli Home accepts families of all racial, religious, and economic backgrounds as long as at least one child in the family, age 12 or under, is a victim of abuse and neglect. Eli’s core program is a comprehensive case-managed transitional shelter program. What started as a small volunteer group has blossomed into a multi-faceted nonprofit organization consisting of two shelter homes, corporate offices, walk-in center, two social enterprise, place-based initiatives, professional counseling staff and hundreds of volunteers. Since this 33-year journey began, Eli Home has proudly helped 37,926 children and their families.
The mission of the Eli Home is to “welcome, shelter, comfort, heal, encourage and strengthen homeless victims of child abuse and family violence, and prepare them to reenter the community to lead stable, non-violent lives, free from fear and intimidation.” Eli Home’s mission is closely aligned with OCTLA’s mission to “protect the rights of people who have been harmed by the wrongful acts of others.” (OCTLA By-Laws, Article II). Accordingly, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to make a significant difference for this fine organization.
We can make a difference
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” — Steve Maraboli
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston S. Churchill
Shaina Colover is 2017 President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association and practices personal injury law with her dad at The Law Offices of Ronald B. Schwartz, upstairs from Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Newport Beach. She serves on the CAOC Diversity Committee and is former chair of the OCBA and OCTLA education committees.
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