Shop at Cole Hardware & Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. This Holiday Season!

For yet another year, Cole Hardware, has generously offered to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. this holiday season.

There are 3 ways you can help Cole Hardware support us:

  1. Donate a gift or gift card of your choice at one of their locations and they will donate them to our Adopt-A-Family program for you.
  2. Donate to their spare change jars or offer a monetary donation when checking out
    • Cole Hardware regularly collects spare change and donates the collection to a different cause every month. For the month of December, they are donating their collected spare change and check-out donations to W.O.M.A.N., Inc!
  3.  Purchase a Cole Hardware gift card for our Adopt-a-Family Program.
    • You can purchase these gift cards at one of their locations or on their website by following this link.

Cole Hardware has various locations in the Bay Area and you can visit any of them to bolster their efforts to support us!  In San Francisco, you can visit them Downtown, in Cole Valley, Mission District and Russian Hill. In Oakland, they have a location in the Rockridge area. For more information, please click here.

Many thanks to Cole Hardware for their continued support! Community members like you make a huge difference in our efforts to create healing, empowering spaces for domestic violence survivors and their loved ones. We appreciate all that you’ve done and continue to do for us!

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2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

On behalf of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors, welcome to our Annual Report!  

The following pages tell our story in 2017 – the year of our 40th birthday as an agency, and the year our Executive Director celebrated her 20th year in the field, her 10th year with us, and her 5th year as our dedicated leader. We celebrated at Galería de la Raza with our inaugural “Dismantling & Rebuilding” event, an evening of coming together as a community of advocates, program participants, donors, volunteers, and friends, andreflecting on Audre Lorde’s powerful observation that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

Our house at 26 Boardman Place – the home our staff create every day for ourparticipants and their families – sits on a strong foundation of intersectionality and inclusion. We stand with each other, to stand against divisiveness and polarization in our political discourse, as well as senseless violence in places like Las Vegas, New York, and most recently Texas. We stand together to acknowledge that so much brutality in the wider world begins at home, with disempowering domestic relationships and dangerous dynamics of power and control that have exponentially tragic effects across communities.

This reality makes our work more urgent than ever, and our most valuable resource – our people – are up for the challenge of “dismantling and rebuilding” better, more inclusive systems and institutions. Our six core staff members manage a passionate, well-trained pool of over 50 volunteers who are the living embodiment of Margaret Mead’s “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.” They change the world with the cumulative power of their presence – on support line shifts, in legal meetings, and wherever else a program participant needs support to rebuild an empowered life.

In 2017, on the abundant energy of our staff and volunteers, we’ve fielded more than 9,000 support line calls; managed 20,000 contacts on our online information and referral portal; provided 200 participants with therapeutic support; built up our Latinx Program with a 50-person membership; and deployed over 1,000 hours of training and outreach to scale our services. It’s a low-cost, high-yield model, and our Board of Directors is proud to partner with our capable and dynamic leadership team.

And to you, our readers, we extend our warmest thanks for taking a stake in our work and for caring about our participants and their families as they break the cycle of violence and build healthy, self-determined lives in 2017 and beyond. As you review our work and our outcomes – particularly, the programmatic returns we’ve generated with careful financial management – we urge you to make a gift supporting this important work.

Mary Kate Bacalao, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board President

 

 

 

Spread Some Love, Adopt a Family this Holiday Season! |W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s 2017 Adopt-a-Family Holiday Gift Card Drive

Accepting donations now through Wednesday, December 20th!

Please help empower survivors of domestic violence and make the holidays special for them and/or their children! Last holiday season, we received over $2,000 in the form of gift cards, and some amazing gifts thanks to community members like you! Join us in supporting our 8th 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.

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 themselves or 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 are finding it difficult to find work, or their jobs allow them to provide the bare minimum for themselves and their children.

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

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


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Thank you! We’ve raised over $15,000 during Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

During this year’s Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, we had 13 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 over  $15,000 in unrestricted funding for our organization — over $6,000 from the Purple Purse Challenge and over $9,000 in offline donations. In addition to that, we won Bonus Challenge prizes amounting to $600! We can’t thank you enough for your support. 

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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 Bacalao
Elida Margarita Bautista
Stephanie Colorado
Bibiana Gutierrez
Blase Hents
Jadma Jazzer
Katherine Jeffery
Loki The Yorkie & Alicia Padillapaz
Sarah Lee
Mary Martinez
Adilia Preciado
Shaena Spoor
Alice Yom
Jill Zawisza

All money raised goes straight back to our programs and services that support survivors, their friends and family 24/7. To learn more about the work you are supporting, please visit our website at www.womaninc.org.

Meet a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Volunteer: Samantha W.

1) How long have you been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I’ve been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2014… around three years.

2) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
 I’m someone who loves traveling, reading, and eating my way through San Francisco. I’m looking forward to adding the role of mother to my life soon too.
3) What is your role and what opportunities have you been involved with at the organization?
As a front-line crisis worker [on the 24/7 Support Line], I have had opportunities to connect with callers who are looking for help. This can range from figuring out whether their relationships are abusive, looking for emergency shelter, to learning more about legal options that exist in the Bay Area. I have also had opportunities to connect with other dedicated volunteers at fundraising efforts such as W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s guest bartending nights.
4) What propelled you to volunteer with us & what motivates you to continue the anti-violence work you do?

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I started volunteering with an amazing anti-violence organization (Battered Women Support Services) in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada. My training there profoundly impacted my life, and propelled me to get an education in counseling psychology. When I moved to San Francisco, I wanted to continue connecting with smart, badass individuals who approach anti-violence work from an intersectional stance.
Even if I can’t make the biggest financial donation or dedicate as much time as I would like, doing something small and regular does make a difference. My motivation to continue the anti-violence work can be summed up by Margret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Receives the Healthy Mother’s Workplace Silver Award

On October 16th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. attended the annual San Francisco Healthy Mother’s Workplace Award Ceremony at the San Francisco Federal Building.  The Healthy Mothers’ Workplace Coalition “is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and employers created to improve the working conditions and health of new parents.” We were honored to receive San Francisco Healthy Mothers Workplace Silver Award for yet another year.  W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is proud to support working parents by providing flexibility, leave and safe, clean spaces for lactation needs. If our tiny org can make these things possible, certainly many more of us can work harder to support new parents in the workplace. Thanks to the organizers and to the folks fighting for families and mamas in the workplace!

Thank You Verizon Hopeline for Supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Outreach & Education Program!

This October, as with every year, we celebrate and honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a part of this celebration, we step up our community education and outreach efforts. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. sees this aspect of the work as critical; not only does it inform survivors, their family and their friends of our services, but it can help prevent violence from happening. One of our goals is to help our guests identify unhealthy behaviors that they may be experiencing or enacting themselves in their relationships.

Another goal is to support survivor’s healing through helping others experiencing domestic violence. We are honored to call on an amazing group of past program participants to infuse our educational efforts with their own stories. These women, all monolingual Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence, formed a group they call Echando Pa’lante (translating to Moving Forward). After graduating from a counselor training, they have become W.O.M.A.N., Inc ambassadors providing not only outreach, but also support group facilitation and crisis counseling. One of these women, Laura, helped San Francisco kick-off domestic violence awareness month by sharing some her story of healing at city hall. An excerpt of her speech can be found below:

As a survivor, I formed part of the group Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward), which has given me tools and the necessary training to support other women. I want to use that bad experience (with domestic violence), for positive things and make it reach many places. Through the outreach that we do, I am an example that “SI SE PUEDE”. I am a stronger person, with a free soul, I know how to say no to things that I do not like, and I love myself.  

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Ensuring we create spaces for women like Laura to share her story is of great importance to our work. As you can imagine, this work involves much coordinating, training and connection within the community; support from others invested in serving survivors and preventing domestic violence is crucial. This is just one reason we are so fortunate and thankful for the support of key funders of our outreach program. We are thrilled to share that we recently received support from a Verizon HopeLine to continue this vital outreach. Their support means we will be able to provide more hours of outreach this year, engaging not only with adults but with young folks as well. Many thanks to Verizon HopeLine for their continued investment to support this work.

Interested in having W.O.M.A.N., Inc. provide a presentation for your school, community gathering or organization? Follow this link: to request a presentation today!