As we embark upon our 35th year, the team at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has taken ample time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we would like to be. A huge element of this conversation has centered on the importance of sharing decision-making processes, transparency, and cultivating staff to ensure their work experience at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is a holistic one. In order for us to serve the community, it is best that each of us feel empowered as we embark upon our difficult work.
Currently, we are concentrating on creating a Cultural Praxis Handbook. The handbook will flesh out specific practices that will institutionalize philosophies into practice. One such philosophy is the importance of self-care. To ensure that this philosophy is put into practice, we have established processes of debrief, peer support, and flexed time when staff have had difficult interactions with clients.
This work takes care, attention, and time. It is not always easygoing as we need to make safe space for the team to express their opinions, ideas and dissent. However, it is important work that will strengthen our infrastructure, our service provision, and our professional skills as individuals.
~ Jill Zawisza,
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Executive Director