Women Helping Women

Local women of San Marcos’s Meadowlark Church recently came together for their annual fall gathering – a day of relaxation, community, and service. Forty-two women attended the Seaside Retreat-themed event, with Nita Shaw serving as master of ceremonies.

San Marcos resident Julia Chadwell directed the event’s service project: creating “Blessing Bags” with a pair of socks and personal hygiene items in a zip lock bag – all assembled to look like cheerful dolls. The socks were hand-knitted by church member Anna Dement, and the hygiene items were all donated by church members.


Julia delivered the 45 Blessing Bags to the Women’s Resource Center of Oceanside to be given to women in both the program’s long-term housing and temporary shelters.

The Women’s Resource Center provides supportive services, counseling, shelter, and education to North County women, children, and men threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault. The organization was founded in 1974 by five local women, and has grown over the years to include crisis counseling, a telephone hotline, victim advocacy, legal service referral, and transition housing, as well as much more. Casa de Amparo, a San Marcos agency dedicated to working with at-risk children, originated as part of the Women’s Resource Center. Learn more at www.wrcsd.org.