Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Hybrid DV Training Graduates!

 From our pilot this past May, to our full launch in October, our Hybrid Training is up and running. Our full hybrid training included a collaboration with The Riley Center’s staff and their incoming volunteers. W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s participants included community members taking the training as professional and personal development. All participants enrolled in our online training course and completed a series of modules that covered the various topics form our traditional 40 hour training. Participants then had the opportunity to engage in three days of in person skills labs that covered various activities and group discussions from the various intersections of domestic violence, to peer counseling to anti-oppression.
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Congratulations to our community members who participated in our training! Emari D., Victoria S., Jean S, Minette W., and Alexander C.
– Alicia, Educational Development Coordinator
We are excited to announce that in 2017, we will be able to offer our hybrid training at least once per quarter. Interested in getting involved? Please read more at our website.  You can also fill out an application to get on our waiting list and stay updated on upcoming training dates.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 2016 Recap!

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Thanks for helping us reach new heights!
This has been another big year for us geographically, financially and programmatically.

Over the summer, we relocated from our long-term Mission office to a new space in the SOMA. The journey was a long one, filled with some trepidation and bumps in the road. At the end of it all, we are loving our new space as do our participants. Gentrification has pushed many amazing nonprofits out of San Francisco. Given this reality, we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to stay in the city we’ve called home since the beginning. We are extremely thankful for this transition and invigorated as we start this new leg in our journey.

Programmatically, we had a rousing year, offering our first hybrid domestic violence volunteer training. This was met with positive reviews, and participants loved the dual approach of online modules and in-person sessions allowing for activities, discussion and even art workshops to further the learning.

In addition to our training, we were honored to pilot our first Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward) training. Past program participants went through a nine month domestic violence training and are now active ambassadors for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. They have provided hours of domestic violence education, outreach, support groups and were even interviewed on television in Spanish on W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s. services.

Your ongoing support will be pivotal in our continued success!

Won’t you please make a gift to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. today?
Help us make 2017 the best yet!

Read more about our successes and the team members that help us to thrive in our
2016 Annual Report.

Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Get a 2017 Pet Calendar!

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Friends! We are excited to let you know the calendar is now in the works & available for order! Thanks to your submissions, next year’s calendar is full of love & sweet faces. We loved hearing about the healing & pure joy your animal companions bring to your lives.

Sure to be an awesome gift for yourself and/or loved ones, you can reserve your 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar here
Owning a pet and experiencing domestic violence adds an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The abusive partner may withhold money to pay for the animal’s food and water. When attempting to leave, a survivor might be denied housing and/or shelter access because the location does not accommodate pets. We have a fund that hopes to address some of these issues. The proceeds from our pet calendar sales will go back our Pet Fund which helps with food/water costs, kennel stays and more for pets whose humans have experienced domestic violence. 

Want a calendar, but wish to make a general donation to our programs and services? Make a donation of at least $30 $15 here, and indicate in the dedication notes that you would like a pet calendar!

Sneak peek below!

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Why Pet Calendar? Follow this link to learn more. 

 

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

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. 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.