Thank you for staying connected with us this year; it’s been a busy one, full of success and transition. Your ongoing financial support has played a pivotal role in the following successes:
-Over 13,000 survivors of domestic violence, their friends, family, and supporters were served at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We continued to offer empowering peer support, therapy, and advocacy for program participants.
-With the help of our amazing supporter, Ricardo Moreira, we started a Pet Fund for Survivors of Domestic Violence. This fund helps cover the costs of away-hotels or kennel stays, veterinary costs, and pet food when survivors are attempting to leave abusive situations.
-We sustained and grew funding for our innovative, supportive, and collaborative projects including the DVIRC, Support Line, Latina Program, and Therapy Services.
-Our Executive Director, Jill Zawisza, was identified as a Top 20 Thought Leader in California’s anti-DV field by a group of over 100 of her peers across the state.
-Our Peer Services Manager, Mary Martinez, was voted Emerging Leader of the Year by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
-We were voted as one of San Francisco’s Top 49 Favorite Charities for the third year consecutively in PG &E’s 7×7 Annual Contest.
-Our Board President, Lija Farnham received the Nonprofit Board Leader Award at the 2014 Volunteer Center Annual Bay Area Volunteer Awards.
– This Fall, we saw AB 1579- The Healthy Babies Act get signed into law. This is a bill that our Community Liaison Manager, Mariya Taher helped write and that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. sponsored.
-We received the Healthy Mothers Workplace Award for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity from the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition.
-In October, we launched our new website. If you haven’t already, please visit us online at http://www.womaninc.org. I think you will find that it is an intuitive system, loaded with helpful information.
2015 is looking to be as eventful as 2014 as we are currently in a strategic planning process. We are setting goals and priorities that will continue to set us apart from other anti-DV agencies and better the lives of survivors
Now is the time to support our exciting evolution, as we move toward healthy and sustainable growth. Your donation will enable us to be nimble in our approach to supporting and bolstering up survivors of domestic violence. It is easy to give, send a check, or make a donation online.
I am commonly asked ‘what we do’ at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.. Talking about programing fails to capture our impact, and so a beautiful quote from Albert Camus often comes to mind, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” So much of our work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. focuses on helping survivors of domestic violence connect with their own personal invincible summers. Your support helps us achieve that impact, and it is a priceless gift we hope you will help us give this year, and beyond.
We wish you a happy and peaceful holiday season.