Notice: 415/658 Area Code Overlay Effective February 21, 2015

Beginning on February 21, 2015, it will be required to use new dialing procedures for the area codes, 415 and 628.  The geographic area that ‘415’ normally covers (county of San Francisco, most of Marin County, and some of San Mateo County) will be adding another area code(628) which is called an Overlay.  This addition will simply require all of us to change the way we dial our calls. You may also have to re-program phone numbers in your devices.415-Overlay

This change not only affects those who have a phone number with a 415 area code and those who will receive a phone number with a 628 area code in the future; it also affects those of us who are service providers.  Many of us work with marginalized communities who are accessing social services and it’s a reminder that we’ll need be mindful of the contact numbers when we’re referring folks to other services.

To complete calls from a landline phone, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial 1 + area code + telephone number. This means that all calls in the 415 area code that are currently dialed with seven digits will need to be dialed using 1 + area code + telephone number.   
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First W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar a Major Success!

2015 Pet Calendar

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. printed our first pet calendar for 2015. Made up of submissions from the community, the pet calendar was a labor of love. We appreciate all the people who shared their and their pets’ stories; they truly illustrated the bond between pets and their humans.

"I'm a domestic violence survivor. I've been though hell and back multiple times but Dakine, my Alaskan Malamute has stood by me every step of the way. She was my shoulder to cry on and always seemed to understand. Without her I don't think I would have made the tough transition to freedom. She truly is my best friend."

“I’m a domestic violence survivor. I’ve been though hell and back multiple times but Dakine has stood by me every step of the way. She was my shoulder to cry on and always seemed to understand. Without her I don’t think I would have made the tough transition to freedom. She truly is my best friend.”

Beyond that, the calendar offered us an opportunity to connect with you, our community of supporters; we are so thankful for that impact.

The 2015 calendar was a bit of test–we weren’t sure people would order them, so we printed a conservative 50 copies. They pretty much sold like hot cakes. With the help of long time supporter, Cole’s Hardware, who sold some calendars in their store, we sold out rather quickly. All-in-all, we brought in approximately $1,000, which we are very pleased with. The money will go to bolster the Claire Pierce Moreira Pet Fund and other services vital to our participants’ lives.

"Athena and her sister Owl keep this Domestic Violence Advocate goin'! They are both rescue pets, and their resilience and biggest of hearts bring so much joy to my life, I am so very grateful."

“Athena and her sister Owl keep this Domestic Violence Advocate goin’! They are both rescue pets, and their resilience and biggest of hearts bring so much joy to my life, I am so very grateful.”

THANK YOU for ALL your support, whether it be financial, spreading the word about WINC, calling our line or just caring about what we do. We are so much stronger when we all stand together for a peaceful community…and that includes our pets!

Adopt-A-Family 2014, Another Successful Year!

Adopt-A-Family has been running strong for 5+ years and 2014 was no different! With the support of several generous donations from individuals and local businesses, the Adopt-A-Family program was able to raise $1,605 for survivors of domestic violence and their families!

We always encourage our donors to donate gift cards so that survivors can feel empowered by picking out a gift for themselves or for their children.  EPL Nov 13This year we received several gift cards of various forms… from grocery stores, to movie theaters, to Target and other department stores.  These donations were divided up to the participants of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Therapy Program and Latina Program.  A Latina Program participant had this to say about the Adopt-A-Family program: “In my opinion I think the Adopt-A-Family program is marvelous!!  It was a huge help for me and my daughter during the holidays. My daughter received an art kit, along with some gift cards, and she just loved it! I’m very grateful for all the help provided during the holidays. Thank you so much.”

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. would like to thank everyone that donated to the Adopt-A-Family program. Because of your generous donations you were able to bring some holiday joy and many smiles to survivors of domestic violence and their families.  Without your support, the Adopt-A-Family program would not be possible. Thank you!

- Adilia, Latina Program Assistant & Paola, Latina Program Manager

Run to End Domestic Violence: Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. at the Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon!

For the 2nd year in a row, W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is an official charity of the Transamerica ® Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™ on Sunday, March 29th and we want you to join our team!

Last year the W.O.M.A.N. Inc. team raised more than $10,000 to support domestic violence survivors. Just imagine how much we can raise if you join us this year!

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. team runners commit to raising $400 to support W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s services. As a runner, your race registration is included as well as plenty of fundraising tips and hosted fundraisers to help you meet your goals. You also get the opportunity to participate in group training and meet other community members who are committed to ending domestic violence. Deadline to join is Sunday, February 22.

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Can’t make the run? There are many other ways you can help: 

  • Sponsor a runner by donating part or all of $400 to W.O.M.A.N. Inc. here!
  • Recruit more runners and walkers by spreading the word
  • Organize a fundraiser to help the team reach it’s goal of $20,000 raised

 All funds raised will contribute to critical services for survivors of domestic violence. To check out the race course, check out the official race course video.

 “I am so excited to run the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon 2014 as a proud member of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Team!  It is an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to this amazing organization, and to know that my involvement can have a positive impact on the lives of others.” ~ Kelly Rossi

For more information or to join the team, please contact Travis Marsh at

  • R.S.V.P. on Facebook here
  • Interested in attending a practice run? Learn more here

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. Community Education Series Presents What Teens MUST Know About Healthy Relationships

New relationships are exciting, healthy relationships are important! In recognition of February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, our Community Education Series is hosting a presentation on teens and healthy relationships. Join us for the discussion! CESTeen

You can RSVP and/or invite your friends/family on Facebook here

Staff Highlight: Alicia Padillapaz

1) How long have you been working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I was a volunteer for W.O.M.A.N. Inc for a little under a year and a half and then went to work for The Riley Center for an additional year and a half. I always stayed in touch with the staff here as they are all amazing and do tremendous work. I’m glad to be back as part of the team!
2) What do you do at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
 I assist in the volunteer training and will begin recruiting and interviewing volunteers for our upcoming training. I also oversee the Education and Outreach program along with providing support on the crisis line and drop ins as needed.
3) How did you come into this profession?IMG_6443
My mom was a volunteer for W.O.M.A.N. Inc, and a Case Manager for They Riley Center a little over 20 years ago so I’ve pretty much been an advocate since I was little. I’m passionate about Social Justice. During my undergrad at SFSU, I interned for a prevention education program called The S.A.F.E. Place (Sexual Abuse Free Environment) and became interested in working with survivors of Domestic Violence. I absolutely love supporting survivors whether it be providing peer counseling, referrals or advocacy. One of the many parts I love about this position is I also get to train incoming volunteers and community members and provide them the training and education they need to provide support for survivors in their communities.
4) What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?
I look forward to seeing our programs reach all communities and of course educating more community members to serve survivors and their families. I’m proud to be a part of this movement!
5) What do you enjoy most about working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
STAFF! I feel blessed to work with an amazing team! The work environment here is very empowering and supportive and I love the energy in the office. I enjoy working with the wonderful pool of volunteers and working with all the various agencies in our community!  I am truly honored to work with an agency who’s mission and values reflect my passion.

Dr. Teeth Happy Hour!

Please join us for a happy hour in honor of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. TransAmerica® Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ MaRathon San Francisco™ Team!

Come learn more about our team, how you can support or just have a beverage and enjoy yourself!

Dr. Teeth Happy Hour

February 19, 6 p.m.

enjoy your life. help some humans out. visit a fun place.

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RSVP for this event on our Facebook event page here!