Hey friends! Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band has kindly chosen W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as their International Women’s Day benefit concert beneficiary!
WHEN: Thursday, March 8 — 7:30-10:00 pm
International Women’s Day Benefit Concert for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
WHERE: Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
VIP Meet & Greet: 6 pm
WHEN: Saturday, March 10 — 8:30-10:00 pm
Benefit Concert for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
WHERE: Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley
VIP Meet & Greet: 7:30pm
Please visit the website for ticket information & read more below for details!
2017 was an intense year. There were so many things happening around the world and even here close to home in California that put stresses on everyone. But with everything going on in the world folks were still able to make donations to our Adopt a Family Program. This program goes on every year during the holiday season, where folks and businesses are able to make donations, gifts or gift cards, to survivors of domestic violence and their families. Adopt a Family program brought in $860+ donations in the form of gift cards and gifts, a little less than previous years but these donations were still able to put smiles on our participants and their families. One participant said “I always look forward to the holiday season at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Working 2 jobs has been stressful and I am only able to provide the minimum for my kids so I always look forward to this program because I know I will be able to give my kids something for the holidays.”
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. would like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who has made Adopt a Family possible. A very special thank you to Cole Hardware for always thinking of us during the holiday season & for collecting Adopt a Family donations at their stores this year. Thanks to them, we received over $8,000 in monetary contributions. Without all of your generous donations this program would not be possible.
We would like to encourage people to think about making a donation to our Adopt a Family program to help support our participants and their families this year, 2018, during the holiday season.
2017 fue un año intenso. Hubo tantas cosas sucediendo alrededor del mundo e incluso aquí en California que puso estrés en todos. Pero con todo lo que sucedió la gente todavía pudo hacer una donación a nuestro programa Adopt a Family (Adoptar una Familia). Este programa se hace cada año durante las fiestas navideñas, adonde la gente o negocios pueden hacer donaciones, tarjetas de regalos o regalos, a sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y a sus familias. El programa recaudó $860+ donaciones en forma de tarjetas de regalo y regalos, un poco menos que años anteriores, pero estas donaciones todavia hicieron a nuestros participantes sonreir. Una participante dijo “Siempre espero con ansias las fiestas navideñas en WOMAN Inc. Trabajar 2 trabajos ha sido estresante y solo puedo brindar el mínimo para mis hijos, así que siempre espero este programa porque sé que podré darles a mis hijos algo para las fiestas navideñas.”
W.O.M.A.N., Inc.; quisiera agradecer a todos los que han hecho posible Adopt a Family. Un agradecimiento muy especial a Cole Hardware por estar siempre pensar en nosotros durante las fiestas navideñas y por recaudar donaciones en sus tiendas este año. Gracias a ellos, recibimos más de $ 8,000 en contribuciones monetarias. Sin sus generosas donaciones, este programa no sería posible.
Nos gustaría invitarlos a pensar en hacer una donación a nuestro programa de Adopt a Family para apoyar a nuestras participantes y sus familias este año, 2018, durante las fiestas navideñas.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has modernized the way we offer our 40 hours domestic violence training. In December 2015, we received a grant from The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation to help develop a hybrid training that combines the use of online modules paired with intentional in person gatherings. After surveying multiple organizations throughout California W.O.M.A.N., Inc. decided to revamp the way we train our volunteers and community members. The traditional style of training required participants to attend up to ten in person session, many of them lecture based. Because of the required in person sessions, many volunteers were unable to make the commitment.
Using videos, quizzes, discussion forums and articles, each module covers the same content from the traditional training such as DV 101, Supporting LGBTQ Survivors, to Legal sections and Transformative Justice. The modules are broken up into several sections. Participants are given two weeks in between our in person gatherings to complete their modules therefore allowing participants the ease and flexibility to complete the modules at their own pace. The beauty of the online modules has also allowed us more time to talk about social justice and intersectionality. In doing so, we are able to be intentional about centering the experiences of survivors from marginalized communities.
While the in-person sessions are still required for training completion, we’ve cut our in-person time down to 4 in-person sessions, meeting on alternating weeks. Once participants complete their online modules, they come to each session ready to engage in discussion and activities on the topics covered in the modules. Agency representatives from the community also help facilitate portions of training to sharing their insight and expertise. Having participants complete the content portion of training prior to in-person sessions allows for more in-depth discussion on how to apply the knowledge they’ve gained on supporting survivors from various backgrounds. The hybrid training allows time for more skill building and practice while also being more culturally sensitive. Having the ability to cater to the various styles of adult learning provides each training participant has the opportunity to learn at their own pace and expand on their knowledge, skills, and understanding of how to support survivors of domestic violence.
The hybrid approach has proven to be a successful one for us. We recently received a grant which enabled us to translate all our online modules into Spanish. In the coming year, our goal is to further develop these materials and offer our first hybrid training in Spanish. We are currently seeking additional support in achieving this goal.
Below are a few testimonials from recent Hybrid Training graduates:
“The hybrid training offered by W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was a unique opportunity to learn about domestic violence. Combining individual modules to read at home with in person meetings, gave me the space to learn on my own and process everything then the space to discuss and reflect and form thoughts and concerns in a safe space, where everyone is heard. It’s a very efficient way to check privilege and assumptions. Another strong point of this training is getting to meet people from the domestic violence community. People who work in different programs that support survivors from shelters around the Bay Area, are in a unique position to give anyone who wants to work with survivors a picture of how it really looks like. It also gives a very realistic image about the life of survivors. A great insight that helps understand more about the community and bust a lot of myths surrounding domestic violence. I am grateful and thankful to have gone through this training. I feel I learned a lot and I can’t wait for learn more.”
– Ebtihal (Fall 2017)
“The hybrid training clearly illustrated the dynamics of domestic violence and the power and control techniques used by the abusers. The training’s history was informative and enlightening for me. From the rule of thumb chastisement law whereby husbands could discipline and beat their wives; to the American history of oppression embedded in violence against women, against Native Americans and against other people of color or people who were different; to the unfair criminal, legal and prison systems of America today that perpetuate violence particularly when dealing with survivors who are people of color, LGBTQ or just different. All forms of DV and abuse was clearly and thoroughly reviewed as well as prejudices, sexism, racism and other oppressions. I was most impressed with how respectful the training was toward DV survivors, stressing meeting them where they are at, without making assumptions but treating all survivors with respect, dignity, showing compassion and mindfulness at all times regardless of preferences and differences. We are all humans and we all deserve to be treated as such. This training changed my perspective on many things, the lessons made me think about life in general and has made me a better person.”
– Zalise (Summer 2017)
Interested in volunteering with us? Need to complete 40 hours of domestic violence training for work? Or would you just like to take the training for personal interest? Take a look at our volunteer opportunities here & fill out an application here*.
Don’t have time to volunteer, but want to support this work? Please consider making a small contribution today.
*Volunteer applications for our next training cycle are due Monday, January 8th, 2018.
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:
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!
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
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@
Our goal is to gather 15-20, $50 gift cards –please help us reach this goal!