W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Receives the Healthy Mother’s Workplace Silver Award

On October 16th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. attended the annual San Francisco Healthy Mother’s Workplace Award Ceremony at the San Francisco Federal Building.  The Healthy Mothers’ Workplace Coalition “is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and employers created to improve the working conditions and health of new parents.” We were honored to receive San Francisco Healthy Mothers Workplace Silver Award for yet another year.  W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is proud to support working parents by providing flexibility, leave and safe, clean spaces for lactation needs. If our tiny org can make these things possible, certainly many more of us can work harder to support new parents in the workplace. Thanks to the organizers and to the folks fighting for families and mamas in the workplace!

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Thank You Verizon Hopeline for Supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Outreach & Education Program!

This October, as with every year, we celebrate and honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a part of this celebration, we step up our community education and outreach efforts. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. sees this aspect of the work as critical; not only does it inform survivors, their family and their friends of our services, but it can help prevent violence from happening. One of our goals is to help our guests identify unhealthy behaviors that they may be experiencing or enacting themselves in their relationships.

Another goal is to support survivor’s healing through helping others experiencing domestic violence. We are honored to call on an amazing group of past program participants to infuse our educational efforts with their own stories. These women, all monolingual Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence, formed a group they call Echando Pa’lante (translating to Moving Forward). After graduating from a counselor training, they have become W.O.M.A.N., Inc ambassadors providing not only outreach, but also support group facilitation and crisis counseling. One of these women, Laura, helped San Francisco kick-off domestic violence awareness month by sharing some her story of healing at city hall. An excerpt of her speech can be found below:

As a survivor, I formed part of the group Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward), which has given me tools and the necessary training to support other women. I want to use that bad experience (with domestic violence), for positive things and make it reach many places. Through the outreach that we do, I am an example that “SI SE PUEDE”. I am a stronger person, with a free soul, I know how to say no to things that I do not like, and I love myself.  

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Ensuring we create spaces for women like Laura to share her story is of great importance to our work. As you can imagine, this work involves much coordinating, training and connection within the community; support from others invested in serving survivors and preventing domestic violence is crucial. This is just one reason we are so fortunate and thankful for the support of key funders of our outreach program. We are thrilled to share that we recently received support from a Verizon HopeLine to continue this vital outreach. Their support means we will be able to provide more hours of outreach this year, engaging not only with adults but with young folks as well. Many thanks to Verizon HopeLine for their continued investment to support this work.

Interested in having W.O.M.A.N., Inc. provide a presentation for your school, community gathering or organization? Follow this link: to request a presentation today!

 

Grupo de Apoyo Facilitado por Las Pioneras

Este grupo ofrece un espacio seguro para que participantes aprendan de los varios temas de violencia doméstica incluyendo temas acerca de los mitos y realidades sobre la violencia doméstica, tipos de abuso, relaciones saludables y otros temas. Este grupo estará abierto para cualquier persona que ha sido afectado por la violencia doméstica. Será facilitado por Las Pioneras, quienes fueron participantes del Programa Latinx y co-creadoras del Programa Echando Pa’lante de W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

COMIENZA: JUEVES 2 DE NOVIEMBRE, 2017
ESTE GROUP SE REÚNE LOS JUEVES POR 8 SESIONES EN LAS SIGUIENTES FECHAS
(11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 12/07, 12/14, 12/21, 01/11, 01/18)

Proyecto para el grupo de apoyo a sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica

Semana

Tema

Fecha

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W.O.M.A.N Inc / Servicios

Nov 2

2

Violencia Doméstica

Nov 9

3

Tipos de Abuso

Nov 16

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Mitos y Realidades

Dec 7

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Sistema Sexo-Género

Dec 14

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Relaciones Saludables

Dec 21

7

Y Ahora que voy a hacer?

Jan 11

8

Recursos  de otras agencias

Jan 18

Horario: 5:30 pm – 7:00pm

Dónde?: Oficina de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 26 Boardman Place, San Francisco. (Entre calles Bryant y Brannan)

¿Preguntas? Llame a 415-969-6831

Favor de llamar para cuidado de niños

Otra Información:

Favor de llegar a tiempo. Las facilitadores no podrán abrir la puerta a personas que llegan más de 15 minutos tarde.

Si le preocupa su seguridad al asistir al grupo, por favor sepa que estamos aquí para ayudar con un plan de seguridad.

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What W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Echando Pa’lante Program Shows About Shared Power, Leadership, Relationship Building & Survivor Success

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.

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Congratulations to Mary Martinez on Her New Role as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Associate Director!

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.

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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!


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Engage. Educate. Empower! Check Out W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Next Community Education Series

Interested in learning more about domestic violence- Want to become empowered to stand up against abuse in your communities- Interested in learning how you can support your loved ones in

 

Learn more about our Education & Outreach program as well as other ways to get involved at our website: www.womaninc.org/education.

Want to support our programs? People like you are a HUGE reason we can provide our workshops regularly & free of charge. Please consider donating at www.womaninc.org/donate.

February is Teen DVAM – Join Our Awareness Campaign!

Hi all! In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we’re organizing a small project to show our support to teen survivors and those who are beginning to experience the dating scene.

The theme that we’ll be centering around is going to be “You deserve ________.” What messages do you have for the young people in your life about healthy relationships? Or maybe even, what would you have wanted to tell your teenage self if you could? If you’d like to participate in our awareness campaign, take a photo of yourself (or perhaps even get a group together!) with a sign completing the statement, “You deserve _______.” 
You can send a photo to shaena@womaninc.org or post it on your own social media sites & tag W.O.M.A.N., Inc./use the hashtag: #youdeserve! 
Will be posting these picture on our social media platforms throughout February! Thanks in advance for your participation.