On behalf of the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors, welcome to our Annual Report!
The following pages tell our story in 2017 – the year of our 40th birthday as an agency, and the year our Executive Director celebrated her 20th year in the field, her 10th year with us, and her 5th year as our dedicated leader. We celebrated at Galería de la Raza with our inaugural “Dismantling & Rebuilding” event, an evening of coming together as a community of advocates, program participants, donors, volunteers, and friends, andreflecting on Audre Lorde’s powerful observation that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
Our house at 26 Boardman Place – the home our staff create every day for ourparticipants and their families – sits on a strong foundation of intersectionality and inclusion. We stand with each other, to stand against divisiveness and polarization in our political discourse, as well as senseless violence in places like Las Vegas, New York, and most recently Texas. We stand together to acknowledge that so much brutality in the wider world begins at home, with disempowering domestic relationships and dangerous dynamics of power and control that have exponentially tragic effects across communities.
This reality makes our work more urgent than ever, and our most valuable resource – our people – are up for the challenge of “dismantling and rebuilding” better, more inclusive systems and institutions. Our six core staff members manage a passionate, well-trained pool of over 50 volunteers who are the living embodiment of Margaret Mead’s “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.” They change the world with the cumulative power of their presence – on support line shifts, in legal meetings, and wherever else a program participant needs support to rebuild an empowered life.
In 2017, on the abundant energy of our staff and volunteers, we’ve fielded more than 9,000 support line calls; managed 20,000 contacts on our online information and referral portal; provided 200 participants with therapeutic support; built up our Latinx Program with a 50-person membership; and deployed over 1,000 hours of training and outreach to scale our services. It’s a low-cost, high-yield model, and our Board of Directors is proud to partner with our capable and dynamic leadership team.
And to you, our readers, we extend our warmest thanks for taking a stake in our work and for caring about our participants and their families as they break the cycle of violence and build healthy, self-determined lives in 2017 and beyond. As you review our work and our outcomes – particularly, the programmatic returns we’ve generated with careful financial management – we urge you to make a gift supporting this important work.
Mary Kate Bacalao, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board President
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.
During drop-in support times, survivors of domestic violence, their friends and/or their family members can meet with a trained advocate for in-person support. In this meeting, we provide peer counseling, safety planning, and referrals. Additionally, survivors, their friends and/or family can learn more about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. services such as our peer support groups, Latinx Program, and therapy.
Drop-in support sessions are offered in English and Spanish.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. tiene el placer de anunciar una ventana adicional de horas de apoyo los Miércoles por la noche. Esperamos que esto ayude hacer que nuestros servicios sean más accesibles a las personas que no puedan asistir durante el día.
Empezando Miércoles, Febrero, 8 2017
Nuestras horas de apoyo serán las siguientes:
11:00 AM- 12:30PM
5:00 PM- 6:30PM (NUEVO)
2:00PM – 3:30PM
Lugar: OFICINA WOMAN INC., 26 BOARDMAN PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
Horas de apoyo serán ofrecidas en Ingles y Español.
Para más información, por favor visite http://www.womaninc.org/support
Para asistencia inmediata, por favor llame a nuestra 24/7 línea de apoyo (415)864- 4722
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.
Echando Pa’lante (EPL), which translates to “Moving Forward”,started out as a support group for monolingual Spanish speakers.. It was born out of a group of survivors who were no longer in crisis but still needed resources to help them beyond their domestic violence situation. They also wanted to keep a connection to the agency. This group would meet once a month with various topics that would range from yoga sessions, art activities, and presentations from outside agencies.
EPL is continues to meet once a month but participants felt like they needed to do more to give back to the agency that helped them so much. As a result of this, the EPL Leadership training took flight. In this process of becoming trained domestic violence advocates, members gained skills in the following areas: outreach, facilitating art based support groups, peer counseling, domestic violence prevention education, and the 40 hour domestic violence training.
Echando Pa’lante has grown so much and will continue to expand and grow. In the long run, EPL member’s hopes are to expand the training and spread awareness about domestic violence to their community in hopes that one day there will be no more violence.
–Adilia Preciado, Echando Pa’lante Coordinator
Hybrid Domestic Violence Training
Thank you to The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation and Sidney Stern Memorial Trust who recently made a contribution to support our hybrid training project!
Thanks to their generous support, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. training participants will benefit from online learning modules designed to meet the diverse needs of adult learning. This offline training will enrich our time together, and allow for learning activities, group conversation and building relationships within our training groups. Scheduled to launch in late-Spring, 2016, our hybrid training will speak to better use of capacity and offer ease when collaborating with our community partners.
The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation
Thank you to The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Foundation for supporting our domestic violence services. A first time funder of our work, The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Foundation are supporting us as we support survivors of domestic violence, their family and their freinds. Funds will be allocated to our support line, drop in services and our Latina Program. Thank you, Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation for bolstering our services with your grant!
Our Echando Pa’Lante program received a boost in funding, enabling us to train five of our past program participants to become domestic violence advocates. Echando Pa’Lante (Moving Forward) members are Latina immigrants who have survived domestic violence. These leaders will be trained to provide outreach, provide counseling, and facilitate support groups. This work was made possible in part by Blue Shield Against Violence Foundation.