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Feb
11
2020

Diane Umphress (center) executive director of Amberly's Place, speaks wtih Bill Greeney (right), assistant director in the Strategic Planning and Budgeting office in the office of the Arizona Governor, and Alec Eulano (leftt), analyst and executive assistant in the same office, moments before Tuesday morning's presentation of the state budget for fiscal year 2021 inside Yuma City Hall Council Chambers, One City Plaza. Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun

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Nov
27
2019

With Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Amberly’s Place invites community members to “adopt” local families who have experienced abuse. Their donations will help the family advocacy center provide holiday meal baskets to those families who would otherwise not have a Thanksgiving Day.

Diane Umphress, executive director of Amberly’s Place, pointed out that often victims not only leave behind the abuse, but they also lose their source of financial support. As a result, this holiday season, “many families will be left without any type of financial support at all due to abuse,” she said. “As a community, we continue to need your help and support to keep up with the needs of those we serve.”

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Nov
16
2019

A large part of the tournaments success is due to the sponsorship from Genesis of Yuma. The new car dealership helped in a variety of ways to help Desert Hills create a wonderful event.

“(Genesis) was really excited to get on board and partner with the Sunbelt Senior Tour,” Smith said. “They provided signage and support for us. We think they’re going to continue on next year.”

Along with the spectacular golf that was played over the three days, this golf tournament displayed even further commitment towards their effort in helping the Yuma community.

Amberly’s Place in Yuma was the charity partner with the Sunbelt Senior Tour this week.

The social service organization houses professionals who are trained in handling victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. The special training helps reduce the trauma to the victim.

“Amberly’s Place is unfortunately a needed entity in our community and other communities,” Smith said. “We were able to raise $1,385 for Amberly’s place. That charity isn’t just a charity, it’s a lifeblood. It saves peoples lives. We’re pleased to have had them as our partner.”

Desert Hills will be having another partnership with Amberly’s Place during its “Million Dollar Shootout” tournament right after Christmas.

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Nov
18
2018

Licensed Massage Therapy students recently collected food to donate to Amberly’s Place. The donation was picked up Oct. 30 by Diane Umphress (second from right), executive director of Amberly’s Place. Students (from left) are Isabella Larson, Sofia Lozano, Mary Landin, and Andrea Montoya.

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Nov
10
2018

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Oct
21
2018

SAN LUIS, Ariz. – The number of reported domestic violence cases here is lower than it was two years ago.

Does that mean efforts to fight violence in the home is starting to work, or is it that victims don't always report the abuse?

Either way, police and community leaders in south Yuma County say too many cases of domestic violence still go unreported.

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Sep
29
2018

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1
2018

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Jun
28
2018

And the winner is …

Amberly’s Place held the drawing for Week in Paradise, its biggest fundraiser of the year, on Thursday at Harkins Theatres, before a screening of the movie “Incredibles 2.”

Winners of the packages for the all-expense paid vacations are as follows: Z Fun for Everyone: Tim Ricci; Adventure Date: Sandra Ruiz; Weekend Getaway: Kelley Gladrey; Arizona Cardinals: Sharon Merz; SeaWorld: Rosa Gonzales; Vegas Getaway: Lucia Salaraz; Knott’s Berry Farm: Jacob Smilek; Deep Sea Excursion: Jumping Jack Flash; Disneyland Package: John and Lynn Lizarraga.

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Jun
23
2018

Amberly's Place recently said goodbye to a lifelong advocate of children in Yuma County. Charles “Chip” Schneider, the advocacy center's first and only children’s justice project coordinator, has retired.

“Chip has done this job for over 11 years because of his desire to see children succeed. He realizes it takes more than the parents in today’s world. His mandated reporter presentations has been the starting point for many children going to law enforcement for help. I am thankful to have worked with this man and he will be greatly missed,” said Diane Umphress, executive director of Amberly’s Place, an advocacy center for abuse victims.

Back in 1990, the federal government released money for the Children’s Justice Project, which was designed to get law enforcement, county attorneys and child protective services as well as advocates into the schools and daycares to talk about mandated child abuse reporting to teachers and other people required by law to report child abuse.

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