Beecroft named ‘Woman of the Year’

Beecroft named ‘Woman of the Year’Assemblyman Vince Fong has selected Carol Beecroft of Ridgecrest as “Woman of the Year,” representing the geographic area he serves in the 34th district.

Beecroft is the chief executive officer of the Women’s Center-High Desert, which serves women suffering from abuse, domestic violence and other issues.

Under Beecroft’s tenure Women’s Center-High Desert has expanded to include a bevy of services such as sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, human trafficking, prison rape, teen dating violence and was one of the first programs to house a male victim of domestic violence.

“Carol has spent over 30 years ensuring those that have experienced trauma are met with open arms and hope” said Fong. “It was time Carol was recognized for her many years of service to Ridgecrest and all of Kern County.”

Beecroft has been instrumental in increasing funding for trauma-informed services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The agency now has 26 staff members, a main business office, three outlying area offices (Mojave, Tehachapi, and Lake Isabella) and a state-of-the-art shelter facility.

“Every victim and survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse need long-lasting support to heal from the trauma” said Beecroft.

“The victims and survivors that we have assisted and those that we will continue to support deserve a second chance for a hopeful future. I am proud to be a part of this work everyday, and I’m truly honored to be recognized as Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Vince Fong.”

Honorees are typically recognized in a formal ceremony during legislative session.

The 2020 ceremony has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Pictured: Women’s Center-High Desert CEO and Woman of the Year recipient Carol Beecroft

Story First Published: 2020-05-01