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! (
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:

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5th Annual Surviving & Thriving Gala Fundraiser and Celebration Friday Oct. 3rd!

Surviving and Thriving 5th year Anniversary

Think of all the women you know that have inspired, supported, and empowered you.  These are the women that we’re celebrating during this incredible Gala and fundraiser, and we can’t wait to see you out there.  This year is certainly going to be a special one.  Not only is it the 5th year anniversary, but we’re moving to an exciting new location.

When:  Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Lot 21 Studio & Gallery, 930 20th Street, San Francisco

Raise your glass, get your groove on and give back in honor of the Phenomenal women in our lives and in celebration of the courageous women who survive and thrive among us! This will be an inspired, unforgettable evening of art, music, light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

Since 2010, Surviving & Thriving has been building a compassionate community of women and men in honor and celebration of survivor courage​. Through personally inscribed works donated by the beloved Dr. Maya Angelou and a silent art auction highlighting local artists.  We’re honored to be included alongside SFWAR to be the beneficiary of the proceeds from this event.

Musical set provided by DJ LMcG! 

Buy tickets or make a donation! 

$30 Pre Sale Online* || $40 At The Door*. Cash Bar. 

*Includes One Complimentary Drink Ticket

Fundraising for SF Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon Runners at Antologia Vinoteca

Please join us for a fun night out at Antologia Vinoteca, a Latin American bar in SF on SATURDAY, March 29th anytime between 5-11pm!

20% of of the proceeds raised during this time will be donated to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s runners at the SF Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon! W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s very own staff, volunteers, and community supporters will be running 13.2 miles to help raise awareness and funds for the agency this upcoming April 6th!

This is a delicious and easy way to not only meet other W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers and our supporters, but also to help sustain W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s crucial programs, like our 24/7 Support Line, Outreach Education Programs, Therapy, and many more as you all know and are all so generous to be involved with!

Antologia Vinoteca boasts a wide variety of wines to suit everyone’s palate, as well as wonderful dinner and desserts! (To see their entire menu, please visit their website linked above! 

The exact address of the event is:

515 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Volunteer Appreciation Night Holiday Party

ImageIn the spirit of the holiday season this past December, the Events Committee at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. hosted a “Volunteer Appreciation Night Holiday Party” in celebration of the marvelous volunteers that make up such a big part of our community. Volunteers play a wide array of roles for the agency, including answering the crisis line as state-certified domestic violence peer counselors, leading educational sessions about domestic violence, tracking and following up with donations, and much more. As such, often times, volunteers unfortunately do not get to simply hang out with one another. This event allowed volunteers and staff to do just that—“hang out”!

Thanks to The Sports Basement-Bryant Location, volunteers and staff had an entire room reserved for them, along with complimentary snacks and wine.As if that wasn’t enough, guests were also treated to a 10% discount on any Sports Basement purchase. (10% of the sales were generously donated to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as well) Throughout the night, we all chatted amongst ourselves in between bouts of snacks, wine, and “Get-to-Know-You” Bingo! For Bingo, we rotated between different sets of questions aimed at “getting to know” one another better. Some examples of questions were “Do you like math, Have you ever been skydiving/bungee-jumping, Have you read a book within a week, Met a celebrity, and etc.” Learning about one another in this way proved to be a great catalyst for further conversation and laughs.

As mentioned in previous blog entries, laughing and basically anything else we, as domestic violence service providers, can do to take care of ourselves is a crucial element of our work. Only by maintaining good self-care can we put forth our full energy into providing services to help survivors of domestic violence. Thank you again to our Events Committee and the Sports Basement for coordinating such a fun and important party!
To learn more about our volunteer program, please contact our Educational Development Program Manager, Maureen Egan, at

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Taking Over Elixir SF!

Kick off the holiday season right with a Guest Bartending Night featuring W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s very own volunteers!

On Wednesday, December 4th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Events Committee volunteers will be taking over Elixir and bartending all in the name of ending domestic violence! Enjoy a night out with your friends to the Mission for this fun event to help support critical anti-domestic services. The more people that come out, the more money we’ll raise!


Celebrating 35 Years of Collaboration, Advocacy, and Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence

On August 16th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. celebrated their 35th Birthday at Virgil’s Sea Room on 3152 Mission Street. Founded in 1978, for past three decades, our agency has been dedicated to empowering domestic violence survivors to create lives free of violence. Originally founded as a two-bedroom shelter, the agency quickly realized that additional options were needed for survivors who, for many reasons, did not want to enter shelters. Illustrating responsiveness to community need, the Support-Line, support groups, therapy and Latina Programs were created. Most recently, our Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward) group was founded for survivors who ‘graduated’ from our Latina Program and want to stay connected with our agency. In addition to direct client services, the agency offers a wide array of community education and volunteer opportunities. Our agency’s approach has garnered much community recognition over the years. Just in 2012, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. received the Ellen Magnin Newman Award by the All San Francisco Concert Committee and the San Francisco Symphony, received the title of Top-Rated Nonprofit on GreatNonprofits, and was voted as a top 7 charity in San Francisco in a contest sponsored by 7×7 Magazine and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
WI 35th B-day pic

Much has happened in the past 35 years, and August 16th, the community came together to acknowledge the agency’s accomplishments. Highlights from the night included Beverly Upton, former executive director of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and Current Executive Director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium speaking on how W.O.M.A.N., Inc. saved her life and the special place in her heart held by our agency. We were all also very moved by Laura, one of our former clients sharing her story of domestic violence and how through utilizing support services at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., she was able to leave her violent relationship and create a better life for herself. It was testaments like these that reminded staff and community alike, why the agency was established in the first place.

To continue with the celebration, attendees enjoyed delicious food donated Bi Rite, Miss Kitty’s Kitchen, Pao Pao’s Cupcakes, and Semifreddi’s Bakery. A raffle was also held with lovely gifts donated by Maiden Lane Yoga Studio, Mezzanine, Yoshi’s, Brian Barneclo, 1015 Folsom, Thrive, Beretta, Dandelion Chocolate, Lyft, Boombotix, European Wax Center, Coupa Café, Rock Wall Wine Company, De Young Museum,The Crème Brulee Cart, Julia Conner, Far West Fungi, and Christi Lucas.

Lastly, the night would not have been so special, if it weren’t for the help of our amazing volunteers: Ylem Rubio, Monique Cortes, Laura Adkin, Julia Glosemeyer, Gina Li, Travis Marsh, Chanel Garcia, Jessica Hoh, Ashley Suehiro, Annie Fisher, Jaymie Frazier, and Amelie Booska. It was a wonderful evening and thank you everyone!

If you’d like to make a donation to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s continued good work in the community, just click here to go to our donation page.


W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Hosts Open House Pop-Up Concert

Luara Inserra - Pop Up ConcertAll summer long, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been one of the beneficiaries of the Pop-Up Concerts for a Cause Fundraisers being put on throughout the city by PartyCorps, Hear It Local, Local Music Vibe, and The Bay Area Music Collective. To learn more about this partnership, check out Pop-Up Concerts Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. on our WI blog.

On Friday, September 13th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. hosted its’ own Pop-Up concert at our office and invited musician Laura Inserra to come perform for us. We also hosted a bake-sale and had an assortment of delicious delicacies ranging funfetti cupcakes, vegan chocolate truffles, sugar cookies, and much more. We can happily say that folks came away from the Open House with a newfound appreciation of percussion/harmonic music and sugar-filled bellies that ached later that night. Overall, it was an enjoyable event and we want to thank everyone who made our Friday the 13th memorable by contributing to the Bake Sale and supporting our Pop-Up Concert.