About Women's Support Services

 A Special Note of Thanks

Women's Support Services (WSS) is looking forward to the 18th Annual Trade Secrets two-day event on May 19th & 20th, 2018. 

We extend our sincere thanks to Bunny Williams, our honorary chair, and to Elaine LaRoche, who has hosted Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antique Sale on her picturesque LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT., for many years. We would also like to thank our underwriters, countless community volunteers, and vendors who make this event possible.

The proceeds from Trade Secrets are vital to the work of WSS – covering more than 35% of our program and operating costs. These funds ensure that WSS can provide counseling, advocacy, education, and training services free of charge to those in need in our communities.

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Our Mission

The mission of Women’s Support Services (WSS) is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention, and education. We offer free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support, advocacy, and community outreach.

WSS is a non-profit organization that has provided critical services to victims of domestic violence and abuse in the towns of Salisbury, Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon and nearby New York and Massachusetts since 1981. Our services include a 24-hour crisis hotline; short-term emergency shelter; individual support counseling for adults and children; legal, medical and social service advocacy; support groups; and community education and prevention programs. All WSS services are free of charge and confidential.



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