Shop for Good This Valentines Day

Hey friends! The folks over at Margaret O’Leary – Fillmore have kindly offered to donate 15% of all Valentines Day sales to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Stop by and take a look at their items while supporting our anti-violence work on Tuesday, February 14th.

Location: 2400 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Store Hours: 10am – 6pm

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Thank you Margaret O’leary team!

All proceeds we receive will go directly back to our programs & services that support domestic violence survivors, their friends and family. Learn more about what we have to offer here & the impact you’re helping us make here.

Check out Margaret O’leary at: http://www.margaretoleary.com/

Announcing Evening Drop-In Support Hours (Starting February 8th, 2017)

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W.O.M.A.N, Inc. is  pleased to announce that we will be offering an additional window of drop-in hours on Wednesday evenings. We hope that this may help to make our services accessible to folks who are unable to attend daytime hours.
STARTING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2017
OUR DROP-IN SUPPORT HOURS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
WEDNESDAYS
11:00AM – 12:30PM
5:00PM – 6:30PM (NEW)
FRIDAYS
2:00PM – 3:30PM
LOCATION: W.O.M.A.N., INC. OFFICE, 26 BOARDMAN PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103

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.

To learn more, please visit our website at www.womaninc.org/support
For immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 Support Line at (415)864-4722
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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:

Miércoles
11:00 AM- 12:30PM
5:00 PM- 6:30PM (NUEVO)

Viernes
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

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Hybrid DV Training Graduates!

 From our pilot this past May, to our full launch in October, our Hybrid Training is up and running. Our full hybrid training included a collaboration with The Riley Center’s staff and their incoming volunteers. W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s participants included community members taking the training as professional and personal development. All participants enrolled in our online training course and completed a series of modules that covered the various topics form our traditional 40 hour training. Participants then had the opportunity to engage in three days of in person skills labs that covered various activities and group discussions from the various intersections of domestic violence, to peer counseling to anti-oppression.
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Congratulations to our community members who participated in our training! Emari D., Victoria S., Jean S, Minette W., and Alexander C.
– Alicia, Educational Development Coordinator
We are excited to announce that in 2017, we will be able to offer our hybrid training at least once per quarter. Interested in getting involved? Please read more at our website.  You can also fill out an application to get on our waiting list and stay updated on upcoming training dates.

Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Get a 2017 Pet Calendar!

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Friends! We are excited to let you know the calendar is now in the works & available for order! Thanks to your submissions, next year’s calendar is full of love & sweet faces. We loved hearing about the healing & pure joy your animal companions bring to your lives.

Sure to be an awesome gift for yourself and/or loved ones, you can reserve your 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar here
Owning a pet and experiencing domestic violence adds an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The abusive partner may withhold money to pay for the animal’s food and water. When attempting to leave, a survivor might be denied housing and/or shelter access because the location does not accommodate pets. We have a fund that hopes to address some of these issues. The proceeds from our pet calendar sales will go back our Pet Fund which helps with food/water costs, kennel stays and more for pets whose humans have experienced domestic violence. 

Want a calendar, but wish to make a general donation to our programs and services? Make a donation of at least $30 $15 here, and indicate in the dedication notes that you would like a pet calendar!

Sneak peek below!

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Why Pet Calendar? Follow this link to learn more. 

 

Thank You Blue Shield of California!

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In August, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. presented our work to employees at the Blue Shield of California, San Francisco office. The generous employees donated a total of $6,580 to our programs and services. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is so appreciative of the continued support & collaboration we receive from Blue Shield and their staff.

THANK YOU:

Tiffany Cheong
Aashish Khanal
William Humphrey
Deborah Smith
Judith Hernandez
Joan LeJeal
Sierralyn Ee
Jyoti Dhillon
Keisha Bess
Claudia Tibbitts
Keisha Bess
Thomas Koskores
Grace Lee
Diane Rockwell
Nadine James-Ward

Because of people like you, we are able to continue providing support to survivors, their friends and family. Thank you, Blue Shield of California, for your proactive stance in shining a light and helping put an end to domestic violence.

@BlueShieldCA  #ShieldCACares

Program Highlight: Echando Pa’lante

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 Sucesses_Echando P'alante.jpgfrom 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.
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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

Sobreviviente | Survivor Story

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 Client: Sandra H. *name was changed, request of survivor

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1) Por cuanto tiempo estabas en una relación abusiva?
Nunca me di cuenta de lo que me estaba pasando. No tenía idea que estaba en una relación abusiva. No sabia que lo que él me estaba haciendo era violencia doméstica. Yo, en mi país, viví violencia doméstica por eso yo siempre pensé que porque había violencia física era violencia doméstica. Por eso en mi nueva relación pase 2 años sin saber que lo que él estaba haciendo era abuso.

2) Qué fue lo que te hizo dar cuenta que querías ayuda para sanar de lo que te paso?
Yo estaba platicando con una amiga de mi iglesia y le comentaba que yo tenía mucho miedo y estaba muy triste. Es cuando ella me comento de unas platicas que hacen en el Consulado Mexicano sobre la prevención de violencia a la mujer. Cuando yo fui al consulado conocí a la coordinadora del programa y ella me dijo “Lo que te esta pasando suena como violencia doméstica. Por qué no te conectas con W.O.M.A.N.; inc, ahí te pueden ayudar.” Ya estaba cansada de sentir tanto miedo que sabía que ya era tiempo de buscar ayuda. No sabía de lo que me estaba pasando, solo sabía que no era correcto.

3) Cómo fue tu proceso de sanar? Tuvisteis algunos momentos en que pensaste “si voy a estar bien”?
Viniendo aquí a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. me ayudo mucho. Me ayudaron a conectarme con agencias que me apoyaron mucho para dejar a mi esposo. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. también me conecto con terapia y eso a sido un gran apoyo. Con la ayuda de mi terapeuta empecé a ver la situación como era, una de violencia doméstica.

4) Como te ha inspirado W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? Como te ha ayudado W.O.M.A.N.,  Inc. en tu proceso de sanar?
WI me ha inspirado a ser fuerte. Creo que por mucho tiempo se me olvido como hacer fuerte y W.O.M.A.N., Inc. me ayudó a reencontrar mi fuerza. Aprendí de las diferentes formas de abuso y esto me ayudo mucho con mi proceso de sanar. Se que mi proceso de sanar va ser largo, pero también se que no estoy sola.

5) Que es tu cosa favorita de participar en W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Creo que esto tiene que ser todo el apoyo que e recibido aquí en W.O.M.A.N., Inc.. Todos quien e conocido han estado conmigo cada paso que he dado. Me siento parte de la agencia.

6) Algo más que quieras compartir? Algo divertido de ti? Algunas palabras de sabiduría o pensamientos para la comunidad de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. (personal, voluntarios, participantes etc)?
Creo que le diría a esta gente que no tengan miedo de buscar apoyo, que hay gente y agencias que quiere ayudarle. Solo tienen que hacer el primer paso.

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1) How long were you in an abusive relationship?

I did not really realize what I was getting into. I had no idea that I was in an abusive relationship. I did not know that what he was doing to me was called domestic violence. I had experienced domestic violence in my country before this relationship but I always thought that because it was physical abuse was what made it domestic violence. So in my new relationship it was 2 years not knowing that what he was doing was abuse.

2) What made you realize you wanted to reach out & heal from what happened to you?

I was talking to a friend from church about how scared and unhappy I was and she was the one that told me to go to the Mexican Consulate because they do presentations on
Women’s violence prevention. When I went there I met the woman that coordinates these presentations with outside agencies and she told me “you know what is happening to you sounds like domestic violence, you should go talk to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and see how they can support you.” I was tired of always being afraid so I knew that it was time to get help. Except I didn’t really know what was happening, I just knew it was not right.

3) What was the healing process like for you? Did you have any epiphanies (or ‘ah ha’ moments)? Was there a specific point in the process where you thought, ‘hey, I really am going to be okay’?

Coming to W.O.M.A.N., Inc really helped me. I was able to get connected with outside agencies that helped support me to leave my husband. W.O.M.A.N., Inc also connected me with therapy and this was a huge help. With the help of my therapist I began to see things clearly and really see my situation for what it was, domestic violence.

4) How has W.O.M.A.N. Inc., inspired or empowered you? How has W.O.M.A.N. Inc., helped in your healing process?

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has inspired me to be strong. I had forgotten how to be strong but W.O.M.A.N., Inc. helped me rediscover my strength. I was able to learn about the different forms of abuse and this helped my healing process. I know that it will take a lot of time to heal from this but I know that I am not alone.

5) What is your favorite thing about participating at W.O.M.A.N. Inc.,?

I think it would have to be all the great support that I have received from the agency. Everyone that I have interacted with has really been there for me every step of the way. I feel cared for and a part of the agency.

6) Anything else you would like to share? A fun fact about yourself? Some words of wisdom or thoughts for the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Community (staff, volunteers, supporters, participants etc.)?

I think that I would like to tell people who are afraid of reaching out for support to not be afraid, that there are agencies and people out there that can and want to help. All it takes is making that first step and connecting with people. If I didn’t talk to my friend from church I would have never found the help I wanted.