San Francisco Support Group Forming This Fall for women who have experienced an abusive or controlling relationship, past or present. The support group is co-led by Shalom Bayit and Bay Area Jewish Healing Center to create a spiritually healing, empowering, and safe space. It is free and confidential with childcare provided. All women are welcome regardless of age, affiliation, partner’s gender, or current relationship status. We welcome non-Jewish and transgender people who are seeking a Jewish women-centered space. To sign up, call Shalom Bayit at (510) 845-8874. For more information about Shalom Bayit, visit www.shalom-bayit.org
Meet one of our volunteers, Sabrina Woon! Sabrina has been volunteering with us since July 2016 and has supported us with the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 24-hour hotline amongst other organization functions. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we truly could not thrive without people like Sabrina on our team. Read more about her & the anti-violence work she does with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. below:
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a woman, a friend and a mother who is strong, passionate and independent. I have two kids who keep me busy and I am also currently in school working on obtaining my esthetician license. I consider my life a work in progress as there still so much I’d love to try and do.
2) What is your role and what opportunities have you been involved with at the organization?
I am a W.O.M.A.N., Inc volunteer and I work the overnight shift on the support line once a week. I also got to guest bartend at one of the fundraisers which was really fun and I’m looking forward to being involved in even more.
3) What propelled you to volunteer with us & what motivates you to continue the anti-violence work you do?
What propelled me to volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was my own personal upbringing and life experiences. I was determined to break the cycle of violence for my children and also find healing and forgiveness through helping others do the same. Every time I have reached a hard point in the anti-violence work I stop and think about how important it was for me to make sure my children don’t go through the same things I did and that is my biggest motivation.
Since 1978, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has supported survivors of domestic violence through empowerment-based, survivor-centered programming that honors the personal autonomy, power and resiliency of people impacted by violence. These principles are guided by seeing survivors as whole people who are the experts of their own lives. We’re very proud to share with you a report on a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. program that truly captures the essence of these grassroots efforts – this program is called Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward).
Echando Pa’lante is a survivor-led initiative co-created by women who had gone through W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Latinx Program (in-depth case management for monolingual Spanish speakers) and the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team. Initially, Echando Pa’lante provided ongoing engagement and a creative, supportive space for participants post-crisis. The set-up was more open than conventional therapeutic atmospheres which allowed for community building and bonding between the folks partaking in the program. Motivated by the participants’ desire to get more involved, Echando Pa’lante evolved into a program that includes a comprehensive leadership component where the participants who’ve survived abuse and worked towards healing and recovery, are trained to be domestic violence advocates themselves. With the assistance of Montesinos & Associates, we developed an evaluation report through the lens of how survivors define success. This evaluation centers the voices of Las Pioneras (the pioneers), the first participants and steering group of Echando Pa’lante. Below, we’ll provide a brief synopsis of the results, but, when you’re done, we encourage you to read the full report here. In this evaluation, you’ll get to learn more about the inception and progression of Echando Pa’lante, and the impact of this co-created project shaped by the participants who inspired it.
Please join us in congratulating Mary Martinez on her promotion to Associate Director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Mary originally joined W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as a support line volunteer back in February of 2008. Due to her hard work, commitment, and passion, she quickly progressed in her work and become a strong leader of the organization. Due in part to her commitment and creativity, we have transitioned to a “distributed leadership” model that has changed the tide of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s decision making processes, and stance in the field. Mary’s strong and steady presence at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been pivotal as we moved through many changes and transitions at the organization.
Mary & a few of her favorite things | Mary y algunas de sus cosas favoritas
Mary is passionate about the intersections of violence; she is ardent in her approach to ending domestic violence and centers race in organizational operations, direct service and in creating collaborations across nonprofit sectors.
In addition to her exceptional work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Mary is involved in innovative projects outside of the organization. Mary is a member of The Network Weaving Learning Lab project, which seeks to build strong networks within the field and across movements, and the Art as Liberation project which seeks to explore arts as a medium for transforming community and survivor narratives on domestic violence.
Team W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is enthusiastic about Mary’s promotion, and know she will continue to help us grow and develop as an organization and as people. Congratulations and thank you, Mary!
We want to send a BIG thank you to everyone who supported Dismantling and Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. On April 28th, we celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza’s 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Dismantling & Rebuilding was about anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, collaboration across difference, and holding collective power. Inspired by the words of Audre Lorde, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” the event sought to promote stronger, safer communities rooted in intersectionality and inclusion. Board, staff, volunteers and community members came together to celebrate with art, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. With everyone’s support, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board was able to put together a heartwarming and fun event that raised over $7,000 for domestic violence survivors, their friends and family.
This month, we’re pleased to host GLIDE at the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. office who will be offering free rapid HIV and HEP-C testing! Please share with your networks!
Services available in English & Spanish.
¡Este mes, tenemos el placer de recibir a GLIDE en la oficina de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. que ofrecerá pruebas rápidas y gratuitas de VIH y Hep-C! ¡Por favor de compartir con sus redes!
Servicios disponibles en ingles y español.
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