Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. on Silicon Valley Gives Day!


Hello community members!  We are excited to announce that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was selected as apart of Silicon Valley Gives, a fundraising effort for non-profits throughout the bay, and we need your help to make it a success. SVGives is an online giving day that supports nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Benito counties. On May 3, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. will join together with hundreds of nonprofits to unite our community in the act of giving.

Leveraging investments from sponsors, the SVGives campaigns in 2014 and 2015 raised nearly $16 million from thousands of individuals to support charitable causes in our community.

Here are some ways YOU can help:

  1. 44DxXaL7Donate before & on the giving day on Razoo!
    1. Before: Though Silicon Valley Gives Day is on May 3, we are allowed to start collecting donations from now forward. Any amount, big or small is a helpful movement towards a successful campaign!
    2. During: Give at optimal times — each hour has a different fundraising challenge. We will be live updating on the Facebook event page and Twitter this day. SVCF and their supporters will be giving away over $3 MILLION in prizes to participating non-profits.
    3. You can visit our Razoo page here.
  2. Organize a fundraising event for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in support of SVGives day:
    • Interested in a more involved way of showing your support? Consider organizing a fundraiser/fundraising event! Not only are events an interactive way to get the community involved in a cause you believe in, Razoo make it easy to raise money for an organization of your choice. Simply visit our Razoo page and click on the “Start a Fundraiser” button located on the bottom right corner. All that you raise will go straight back to us!
  3. Help us spread the word! 
    • Increase our audience & visibility by sharing this post on your social media platforms!
      • Share this blog post about SVGives.
      • Show people the faces of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. by sharing our Microstories with your networks.
      • Direct people to our Razoo page/encourage others to create a Razoo fundraiser page.

Any bit of support, big and small, is much appreciated! Your contributions will go directly back to our programs that serve domestic violence survivors, their friends and family. You can learn about our services here & learn more about our current projects here.

Important Community Update: Building Info & Drop In Support Hours

Hello Community!
The Fog building at 333 Valencia st., where W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s office is located, is currently under construction and will continue to be through the Fall and Winter 2016.  We wanted you to know that our operations will still continue and will be slightly adjusted due to the times when the noise level is high.
Beginning the week of October 5, our new temporary drop-in support hours will be as follows:
Wednesdays: 2p-3:30p (therapy consults and drop-in support in English/Spanish)
Fridays: 2p-3:30p (drop-in support in English/Spanish)  
​Know that the front of the building looks as though it is completely boarded up but the building is still accessible via a new entry way to the right of our old front door.  Unfortunately, though, the elevator is unreliable as it’s not always working but we will try to be as accommodating as much as we can.​
​We apologize for any inconvenience!
Thank you for understanding!​

Hola Comunidad!!

El edificio Fog en la 333 Valencia, adonde queda la oficina de W.O.M.A.N., Inc., esta en construcción y seguirá hasta Otoño e Invierno del 2016. Queríamos darles a saber que todavía estamos aquí pero teníamos que hacer algunos cambios a las horas de operación por el ruido de la construcción.

Empezando la semana de Octubre 5, nuestras nuevas, temporal, horas de consulta son las siguientes:

Miércoles: 2pm- 3:30pm (consultas de terapia y consultas sin cita en Ingles y Español)

Viernes: 2pm- 3:30pm (consultas sin cita en Ingles y Español)

De a saber que la entrada del edificio se ve como si esta cerrado pero todavía hay acceso al edificio por una nueva entrada que esta a la derecha de la entrada vieja. Desafortunadamente, nuestro elevador no esta disponible pero haremos todo lo posible para acomodar a todos.

Nos disculpamos por cualquier inconveniente!

Gracias por entender!

Summer 2016 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training

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Learn more about our volunteer opportunities here & fill out an application here.

Upon completion of your application, please email Alicia at to confirm we have received your application.

Donor Highlight: Sormeh Naderi


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Hello! My name is Sormeh Naderi.

How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I was looking to become more involved with my community. I researched numerous smaller non-profit organizations and encountered W.O.M.A.N. Inc. I was truly impressed by their values and their mission, which are in line with mine.

Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
I had two approaches in fundraising for W.O.M.A.N Inc. On my campus, sent a mass email to all staff and students to inform them of the fundraiser. I created a flyer and posted numerous copies around school, I made several announcements to the whole school, and had many conversations with students and staff in depth about the cause. Outside my school efforts, I orchestrated a few gatherings of family and friends. I sent out another mass email and made several phone calls to inform family friends about this cause. My goal was to inform every single individual I knew about an issue that definitely should not be ignored. I was speechless by the amount of positive feedback I received.


What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts?
Brave survivors who have struggled and been able to bounce back have inspired me to want to aid in such an important cause. No one should have to endure such harrowing events but seeing the outcome of survivors who were able to rise up from rock bottom with the proper support system is truly inspiring. These strong and powerful women are the ones who are going to change the world with their zeal for justice and strength.

What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?
I hope that if everyone works together, we will grow as a society that is truly connected by strong, compassionate individuals. Unfortunately there will always be those who wish to hurt others, but if good people work together and empower those who have been wounded, we can teach individuals who have fallen victim to terrible circumstances how truly amazing they are.

Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
One fun fact about me is that I absolutely love the song Dancing Queen and cannot help but break out my dance moves whenever I hear it.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

The Fall of 2015 group of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. folks who graduated the domestic violence training is one that sticks out for me. Since I began supervising volunteers, each person dedicating their time and energy into the organization has greatly impacted it.  Everyone has a strength they can bring whether it’s being really good at peer counseling, speak another language, reliable, communicative, having an awareness of power and privilege and bringing that to the table, etc. But this group in particular has really shown how impactful community can be.


This was also the largest group we’ve brought into the Support Line program.  Facilitating a Support Line program training for 14, when it’s normally 7-8 people, in a tiny training space was cozy to say the least, but it was there I noticed how supportive they were of one another.  A few of the volunteers work in the office and I’ll hear about how they will still spend time together outside of W.O.M.A.N., Inc., or just hearing how they speak of one another gives me another sense of the respect they have for one another. One of the biggest things that caught my eye was the support line volunteer listserv we have set up for all volunteers working on the support line.  Normally, the way it’s set up, if a volunteer needs time off from their weekly shift they are responsible for trying to find coverage for their shift.  There have been times in the past when volunteers have had a difficult time finding coverage since volunteers generally have a lot going on in their life which makes sense. Since this new group began working on the line, there have been the normal amount of time-off requests but it’s different now. There’s definitely a higher rate of response from other volunteers available to cover for someone.  I joke with them and with Joy, our Program Assistant, that they actually make our jobs a little easier since they are taking it upon themselves to fill those holes in the schedule. I also loved hearing about how one of our newer volunteers reached out to her pal who went through the Fall training with her and got some needed resources when staff was unavailable during her overnight Saturday shift. 

It’s examples like these that made me want to highlight the Fall 2015 training group.  I really love of how they go to one another for support which is something we try to demonstrate at the organization; we try to show how impactful community can be.  They are an excellent example of community!

~ Mary Martinez, Peer Services Manager


Donor Spotlight: Marinda Avalos

10413378_10207049224402989_3885591398712202670_n.jpg1)What is your name?  My name is Marinda.

2)How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I first learned about W.O.M.A.N. Inc. when I was doing research on resource groups available for women in the bay area. I help feed the homeless in West Oakland on Sundays and sometimes I come across women who are asking for help and available resources. I wanted to be able to provide them with a list of resources they could turn to if needed.

3)Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

I put together a punk show for Friday, March 25th in Oakland at Crate. Five local bands are playing: Raised by Zebras, End All, Y Que, Black Dream, and Elderly Abuse. My hope is to raise enough money to purchase bart tickets, motel vouchers, and gift cards for the women who are served by W.O.M.A.N. Inc. and as well as women who I come across in Oakland asking for assistance.


Raised by Zebras performing at the fundraising event.

4)What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts?

My inspiration for supporting W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s anti-violence efforts came from myself being affected by violence. A family member of mine was attacked back in October, and she is doing well now but it is still a constant struggle, with legal problems, and feeling safe. She is lucky to have the support of her family, but I know there are a lot of women out there who don’t have that support and turn to organizations such as W.O.M.A.N. Inc to get the resources they so desperately need. I feel it’s our duty as a community to step up and support one another.

5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?

I hope that these donations can help women escape a dire situation and get to a safe place. I hope to provide a moment of relief and clarity with these donations… sometimes a night a way or a trip to a safe place can be a matter of life and death. It’s not much, but it’s definitely a lot when you’re in need of getting out of a dangerous situation. I also hope to spread more awareness of the serious issue of domestic violence in our community. There are people out there who are affected and sometimes remain in silence. I want the community to know that this problem does exist, and there are things that we can do to help.

6) Can you share a fun fact about yourself?

My favorite thing to do is playing music and going to punk shows!

Staff Hightlight: Adilia Preciado, Echando Pa’lante Coordinator


1) How long have you been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? 
I have been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2012

2) What is your role at the agency?
My roles have definitely changed throughout the time that I have been here. I started out as a volunteer, doing support line, walk-ins, and Latin@ Program.  A bit after I applied for the Latin@ Program Assistant position.  I have now moved into the position of Echando Pa’lante (EPL) Coordinator. Which is really exciting because I love working with EPL members & planning the meetings AND I still get to do a lot of case management work with LP members:)

3) What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. & the Echando Pa’lante program continues to grow?
W.O.M.A.N., Inc and Echando Pa’lante have changed so much in the years that I have been here.  The agency as a whole and EPL were in totally different places then. I know that all of these changes are for the better of the agency and the community that it serves. I feel like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and EPL are both going in awesome directions and I am super excited to continue to be a part of these changes. I guess I’m just looking forward to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. just becoming even more AMAZING.

Let’s Talk About Healthy Relationships!

Please join us at San Francisco Public Library on Wednesday, April 20th for our free workshop apart of our Community Education Series.

This presentation is designed for teens and young adults exploring intimate relationships. Participants learn to recognize and define qualities of a healthy relationship, what it means to have boundaries in a relationship, and develop a personal definition of trust. Examples are provided of healthy and unhealthy boundaries, and discussion is encouraged.

Testimonial from last year’s workshop:
“My daughter and I are very impressed by the teen dating education event. The presenters are passionate, knowledgeable, and friendly. As a mother, I find the presentation materials extremely useful when discussing the topic of dating with my daughter. I highly recommend parents with teenage children (girls and boys) to attend the teen dating education seminar.”


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Donor Highlight: Tabi Musselwhite


1) What is your name? Tabi Musselwhit5d8dbd7f-f51d-4782-9177-284186047d29e

2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? 
I was actively looking for a recipient for a fundraiser I was throwing. I knew I wanted the funds to go to local domestic violence support. I did a bunch of research until I found an organization that I thought was extremely active in the community, was organized and transparent, and offered a broad range of support. W.O.M.A.N., Inc.!

3)Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
I’ve had loads of birthdays where it’s all about me… take me somewhere, feed me something, me me me. This year I decided I would use this birthday to send some good vibes into the world. Party for a good cause! I pitched the event as my 32nd Birthday Pop-up Charity Brunch Party! I sold tickets on a sliding scale so guests could decide how much they were able to give, and let them know that 100% of their ticket price went to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. With the help of friends and my amazing husband, I cooked for 30 of my closest friends in a community venue space in the Mission called 18 Reasons. The menu was full of funky California fare and some southern staples… I’m from NC, biscuits are necessary! The party was a blast and collectively we raised $850! It’s amazing what we can do when we band together.

4)What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts? 
I grew up in rural North Carolina where domestic violence is unfortunately not that uncommon. I’ll start by saying I love my family with all my heart, but my father has had a lifetime struggle with controlling his temper and acting out in violent ways. Growing up he would often land himself in jail for domestic disputes. Although he always provided for me and was never violent towards me, it was pretty hard to deal with as a teenager and at age 16, I had a nervous breakdown and moved in with my grandmother. I had a lot of support from my mother and other family member who were also affected by the behavior. At 18 I went to college and seemed far enough away that I thought it didn’t effect me anymore. Little do we realize that trauma doesn’t disappear, we have to deal with it for it to heal. So throwing this fundraiser was a way for me to fight my inner demons and help victims of violence find support, safety and refuge.

5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?
I hope the funds we raised will support women in finding security, safety and most importantly self confidence. I understand that organizations like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. can help women in a tricky situation find the courage to leap out of their current life, feel emotionally supported, learn new skills,  build themselves up, become better people for themselves and their children. I hope my support will bring peace to those who have endured violence.

6) Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I’ve been told that my best characteristic is making the mundane fun! Even if I’m washing clothes, filing taxes, or changing light bulbs, I can make a party out of it! I actively refuse to live a boring life.