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 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.

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.

2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

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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SAVE THE DATE: 11.02.16 -W.O.M.A.N., Inc. OPEN HOUSE

open-house-flyerPlease join us for an Open House on November 2nd, 2016 from 4-8 pm to celebrate the opening of the new W.O.M.A.N., Inc. space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood.

There will be a wine tasting, silent auction of original art pieces and other unique lots, snacks and refreshments and a chance to meet our office staff, board members and volunteers. We hope to see you there and thank you for your efforts to help those impacted by domestic abuse and to build stronger, safer communities.

What: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House
Where: 26 Boardman Place, San Francisco
When: November 2nd, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite so we can get a sense of how many of you we can expect! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woman-inc-open-house-tickets-28409641001)
There is NO COST to attend, but we would greatly appreciate donations to help cover the costs of the event. Interested in supporting our Open House? We’ve got a hardworking bunch putting this event together! Please consider making a donation to help us provide our awesome community members with eats & activities: https://www.crowdrise.com/womenorganizedtomakeabusenonexistent-purplepurse2016/fundraiser/teamwomaninc

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