7th Annual Adopt a Family Holiday Gift Card Drive

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Please help empower survivors of domestic violence and make the holidays special for their children! Last holiday season, we received $1,000 in the form of gift cards, and some amazing gifts thanks to community members like you.  Join us in supporting our 7th Annual Adopt a Family Holiday Gift Card Drive!

This holiday season, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is looking for some very special donors to support families who have experienced domestic violence.

Along with our amazing donors, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has provided assistance that serves as an invaluable resource for survivors of domestic violence: EMPOWERMENT.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is asking donors to provide gift cards, rather than actual wrapped presents, for participating families. Your donation of a gift card allows the survivor to be part of the holiday shopping experience, allowing them to pick out the best gifts for their children.

All of our participating clients are engaged in our programs and have a vested interest in making some big changes in their lives, and the lives of their children.

Many of these clients have recently left abusive relationships and lack the funds to get their children holiday gifts. Others are finding it difficult to find work, or their jobs allow them to provide the bare minimum for themselves and their children.

These people are deserving of your help!

Interested? Please send your name and contact number to: adoptafamily@womaninc.org

Our goal is to gather 15-20, $50 gift cards –please help us reach this goal!

2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

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As the year comes to close, we are pleased to share with you our 2016 Annual Report. This report lays out our numerous accomplishments, our financial status, tells the story of a volunteer, board member and of a program participant and finally, how you can support our organization. I hope you will find the report is enlightening and inspiring.

Thank you for being a part of our community. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Jill Zawisza
Executive Director
W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
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Graphic Design: Noel Capapas

2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House

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On Wednesday, November 2nd we hosted a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House at our new

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Dia de los Muertos Altar created & donated by Las Pioneras

SoMa location. With the help of staff, board members, volunteers and donors, our event was an awesome success! 65 community members came to support the event while participating in our organization tour, raffle, silent auction and wine tasting. There was also a gorgeous Dia de los Muertos altar created by Las Pioneras, our Echando Pa’lante members/DV advocates. During the Open House attendees got to learn more about our work, meet the staff, board and volunteers and listen to powerful stories from Las Pioneras about their personal journeys and experience with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We had an amazing time and thank the community so much for their wonderful support. The gathering was a great reminder of the community we continue to build in our efforts to end domestic violence.

 

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An additional special thanks to our Open House Work group made up of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. board members and staff. And to Christina Bulman, Stephanie Colorado, Dayvon Dunaway, Annie Fisher, Jaymie Frazier,  Argelia Gomez, Lauren McCaffrey, Ignacia Perez,  Juliette-Marie Somerset and  Alice Yom for volunteering during the event!

 

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!

We Raised Over $10,000 in the 2016 Purple Purse Challenge!

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During this year’s Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, we had 14 board members, staff members and volunteers
join our W.O.M.A.N., Inc. fundraising team. Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the collective effort of our fundraisers and donors brought in $10,000 in unrestricted funding for our organization — DOUBLE what we raised last year. This put us in the 11th place for Division II of the challenge! We have so much gratitude for your support! Many thanks to Katherine Jeffery who served as our board liaison and to everyone who donated and helped us spread the word. And, of course, thanks a million to our amazing fundraisers:

Mary Kate Bacalaoppc
Elida Margarita Bautista
Deepali Chugh
Blase Hents
Elena Izakson
Katherine Jeffery
Sarah Lee
Mary Martinez
Lauren McCaffrey
Adilia Preciado
Shaena Spoor
Antoinette Terrana
Alice Yom
Jill Zawisza

All money raised goes straight back to our programs and services that support survivors, their friends and family 24/7.

Thank You Blue Shield of California!

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In August, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. presented our work to employees at the Blue Shield of California, San Francisco office. The generous employees donated a total of $6,580 to our programs and services. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is so appreciative of the continued support & collaboration we receive from Blue Shield and their staff.

THANK YOU:

Tiffany Cheong
Aashish Khanal
William Humphrey
Deborah Smith
Judith Hernandez
Joan LeJeal
Sierralyn Ee
Jyoti Dhillon
Keisha Bess
Claudia Tibbitts
Keisha Bess
Thomas Koskores
Grace Lee
Diane Rockwell
Nadine James-Ward

Because of people like you, we are able to continue providing support to survivors, their friends and family. Thank you, Blue Shield of California, for your proactive stance in shining a light and helping put an end to domestic violence.

@BlueShieldCA  #ShieldCACares

Program Highlight: Echando Pa’lante

Echando Pa’lante (EPL), which translates to “Moving Forward”,started out as a support group for monolingual Spanish speakers.. It was born out of a group of survivors who were no longer in crisis but still needed resources to help them beyond their domestic violence situation. They also wanted to keep a connection to the agency. This group would meet once a month with various topics that would range Sucesses_Echando P'alante.jpgfrom yoga sessions, art activities, and presentations from outside agencies.

EPL is continues to meet once a month but participants felt like they needed to do more to give back to the agency that helped them so much.  As a result of this, the EPL Leadership training took flight. In this process of becoming trained domestic violence advocates, members gained skills in the following areas: outreach, facilitating art based support groups, peer counseling, domestic violence prevention education, and the 40 hour domestic violence training.
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Echando Pa’lante has grown so much and will continue to expand and grow. In the long run, EPL member’s hopes are to expand the training and spread awareness about domestic violence to their community in hopes that one day there will be no more violence.

Adilia Preciado, Echando Pa’lante Coordinator

SAVE THE DATE: 11.02.16 -W.O.M.A.N., Inc. OPEN HOUSE

open-house-flyerPlease join us for an Open House on November 2nd, 2016 from 4-8 pm to celebrate the opening of the new W.O.M.A.N., Inc. space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood.

There will be a wine tasting, silent auction of original art pieces and other unique lots, snacks and refreshments and a chance to meet our office staff, board members and volunteers. We hope to see you there and thank you for your efforts to help those impacted by domestic abuse and to build stronger, safer communities.

What: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House
Where: 26 Boardman Place, San Francisco
When: November 2nd, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite so we can get a sense of how many of you we can expect! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woman-inc-open-house-tickets-28409641001)
There is NO COST to attend, but we would greatly appreciate donations to help cover the costs of the event. Interested in supporting our Open House? We’ve got a hardworking bunch putting this event together! Please consider making a donation to help us provide our awesome community members with eats & activities: https://www.crowdrise.com/womenorganizedtomakeabusenonexistent-purplepurse2016/fundraiser/teamwomaninc

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