Happy Birthday W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! | Feliz Cumpleaños W.O.M.A.N., Inc!

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The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors is planning a fundraising event in celebration of our 40th birthday! Over the past four decades, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has worked tirelessly supporting tens of thousands of people impacted by domestic violence. It goes without saying that the community plays an important role in our ability to show up, day in and day out, for survivors and their supporters. We hope you join us in toasting the last 40 years & many more to come!

Location: 505 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 
Time: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

INTERESTED IN DONATING? WANT TO BE A SPONSOR OF THIS EVENT?  EMAIL US AT: WINC40@WOMANINC.ORG TODAY!

RSVP: TICKETS| FACEBOOK 

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En las últimas cuatro décadas, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. ha trabajado incansablemente apoyando a decenas de miles de personas afectadas por la violencia doméstica. No hace falta decir que la comunidad juega un papel importante en nuestra capacidad para estar, día tras día, para los sobrevivientes y sus apoyantes. ¡Esperemos que nos acompañen a celebrar nuestros 40 años y muchos más por venir!

Cuando: Jueves, 3 de Mayo, 2018 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Donde: 505 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

¿INTERESADO EN DONAR? ¿QUIERES SER PATROCINADOR DE ESTE EVENTO? ENVÍENOS UN CORREO ELECTRÓNICO A: WINC40@WOMANINC.ORG!

 

RSVP: BOLETOS | FACEBOOK

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Sponsor our 40th Birthday Party!

The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors is planning our 40th birthday celebration! Over the past four decades, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has worked tirelessly supporting tens of thousands of people impacted by domestic violence. The community plays an important role in our ability to show up, day in and day out, for survivors and we hope to count on your support for this milestone event! All event proceeds will benefit W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Donations are tax deductible and can be made in name of a loved one, a business or community group. There are numerous ways you can support this event.

Become an event sponsor:

  • Platinum Sponsor: donate $2,000 (or $2,000 worth of wine, food, or silent auction items)
    • As a platinum sponsor, you will receive a shout out at the event, two complimentary tickets, a full page ad in our event program, and a spotlight on our social media platforms–including our blog, facebook page, instagram and twitter—to be shared with our 5,000 plus followers.
  • Gold Sponsor: donate $1,000 (or $1,000 worth of wine, food, or silent auction items)
    • As a gold sponsor, you will receive a shout out at the event, two complimentary tickets, a half page ad in our event program, and a spotlight on our social media platforms–including our blog, facebook page, instagram and twitter–including our blog, facebook page, instagram and twitter—to be shared with our 5,000 plus followers.
  • Silver Sponsor: donate $500 (or $500 worth of wine, food, silent auction items)
    • As a silver sponsor, you will receive a shout out at the event, two complimentary tickets, a quarter page ad in our event program, and a spotlight on our social media platforms–including our blog, facebook page, instagram and twitter–including our blog, facebook page, instagram and twitter—to be shared with our 5,000 plus followers.

Donate to our silent auction:

Donate a gift package for our silent auction. The suggested donation value range is $100-$450. Our guests will bid on these donations throughout the event. As a donor of silent auction items, you will be listed in our event program as well as our social media platforms–including our blog, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter—to be shared with our 5,000 plus followers.

Donate to our raffle:

Donate a gift package of goods or services for our raffle. The suggested donation value range is $25-$100. As a donor of raffle items, you will be listed in our event program as well as our social media platforms.

Interested? Please shoot us an e-mail at WINC40@womaninc.org!

You can stay updated on the event at www.womaninc.org/WINC40

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Tabling at Matt & Kim’s April 3rd Concert at the Warfield

Hey friends! We are excited to share we’ve been invited to table at Matt and Kim’s April 3rd Concert at the Warfield. They hope to raise awareness and donations (through their concert raffle) towards W.O.M.A.N., Inc. among other organizations. They’ll be raffling off items like signed used drumhead, signed used drumsticks, signed CD, signed Vinyl, T-shirts, tour poster and other merchandise!

“The reason why we’re doing this is because they also want to use their stage to help people.  They want to give back to communities in every city they’re playing in, and use their platform to raise awareness and educate people on issues regarding domestic and sexual violence, empowering women and girls, civil rights protections, the environment, and animals.  They want to let their fans know (and everyone, really) that your organization is a resource and a place to go in their area if they need help or if they want to volunteer.”

Please support if you can and stop by the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. table!

When: Tuesday, April 3

Where: Warfield Theatre, 982 Market Street , San Francisco, CA 94102

www.thewarfieldtheatre.com/

Thank you very much Matt & Kim and their team for selecting and reaching out to us! We appreciate that you’re using your platform to highlight important causes & uplift the organizations committed to providing aid to our communities.

 

 

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.

Mark your calendars! The folks at Crowded Fire Theater are having Jill, our Executive Director, as a special guest after their March 14th performance of REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.

Revolt

Many thanks to their team for the kind invitation & generosity. We appreciate your support!

Show Description: 

For all the #NastyWomen (or anyone who can say #MeToo) looking for #GirlsLikeUs, wondering why #NeverthelessShePersisted, who want to #AskHerMore: Revolt.

Exhilaratingly wild, fearless and playful, REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. is feminism at its messy edge. Alice Birch morphs language and explodes boundaries in this darkly comic manifesto exploring the myriad ways women are styled, shaped, and confined to fit society’s expectations, asking us: What happens when we rebel?


Learn more & purchase tickets at their website:http://ow.ly/ZiHZ30iw8sg

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/315664048928150/

We are pleased to announce the formation of the San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition (SFVAC)

We are pleased to announce the formation of the San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition (SFVAC) with the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC)San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) and W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
Creating a ‘no wrong door approach’, the San Francisco Victim Advocacy Coalition has come together to offer a holistic approach to helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault, domestic violence and stalking.

Coming to any one of the SF VAC organizations connects survivors with compassionate and confidential support. This includes legal representation in criminal and civil cases, as well as legal advice and information for survivors. In addition, this holistic program answers to issues commonly related to surviving sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The coalition is able to assist our clients with issues stemming from abuse, such as housing rights, eviction defense, spousal support, public benefits, income security, debt, child custody, medical needs, immigration, etc., connecting survivors with the best suited program at the Justice & Diversity Center.

In addition to holistic legal services, the coalition offers a spectrum of emotional support to survivors engaged in legal services at JDC or CROC. Survivor advocates at W.O.M.A.N., Inc and SFWAR accompany survivors to court to provide emotional support. Ongoing counseling services, advocacy, and other supportive services are provided in a collaborative effort to fully answer to the needs of survivors.

As a part of this collaborative effort, CROC will also provide legal advice, information, and representation in Title IX sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence matters. Working closely with UCSF, CROC provides outreach, ensuring students and faculty are aware of these services.

For more information please call the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 24/7 Support Line at (415)864-4722.


Es un placer anunciar la formación de Coalición de Defensa de Víctimas de San Francisco. (SFVAC) con Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic (CROC), Mujeres contra la Violación Sexual de San Francisco (SFWAR) y W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Hybrid Domestic Violence Training

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has modernized the way we offer our 40 hours domestic violence training. In December 2015, we received a grant from The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation to help develop a hybrid training that combines the use of online modules paired with intentional in person gatherings. After surveying multiple organizations throughout California W.O.M.A.N., Inc. decided to revamp the way we train our volunteers and community members. The traditional style of training required participants to attend up to ten in person session, many of them lecture based. Because of the required in person sessions, many volunteers were unable to make the commitment.

Using videos, quizzes, discussion forums and articles, each module covers the same content from the traditional training such as DV 101, Supporting LGBTQ Survivors, to Legal sections and Transformative Justice. The modules are broken up into several sections. Participants are given two weeks in between our in person gatherings to complete their modules therefore allowing participants the ease and flexibility to complete the modules at their own pace. The beauty of the online modules has also allowed us more time to talk about social justice and intersectionality. In doing so, we are able to be intentional about centering the experiences of survivors from marginalized communities.

While the in-person sessions are still required for training completion, we’ve cut our in-person time down to 4 in-person sessions, meeting on alternating weeks. Once participants complete their online modules, they come to each session ready to engage in discussion and activities on the topics covered in the modules. Agency representatives from the community also help facilitate portions of training to sharing their insight and expertise. Having participants complete the content portion of training prior to in-person sessions allows for more in-depth discussion on how to apply the knowledge they’ve gained on supporting survivors from various backgrounds. The hybrid training allows time for more skill building and practice while also being more culturally sensitive. Having the ability to cater to the various styles of adult learning provides each training participant has the opportunity to learn at their own pace and expand on their knowledge, skills, and understanding of how to support survivors of domestic violence.

The hybrid approach has proven to be a successful one for us. We recently received a grant which enabled us to translate all our online modules into Spanish. In the coming year, our goal is to further develop these materials and offer our first hybrid training in Spanish. We are currently seeking additional support in achieving this goal.

Below are a few testimonials from recent Hybrid Training graduates:

“The hybrid training offered by W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was a unique opportunity to learn about domestic violence. Combining individual modules to read at home with in person meetings, gave me the space to learn on my own and process everything then the space to discuss and reflect and form thoughts and concerns in a safe space, where everyone is heard. It’s a very efficient way to check privilege and assumptions. Another strong point of this training is getting to meet people from the domestic violence community. People who work in different programs that support survivors from shelters around the Bay Area, are in a unique position to give anyone who wants to work with survivors a picture of how it really looks like. It also gives a very realistic image about the life of survivors. A great insight that helps understand more about the community and bust a lot of myths surrounding domestic violence. I am grateful and thankful to have gone through this training. I feel I learned a lot and I can’t wait for learn more.”
– Ebtihal (Fall 2017)
“The hybrid training clearly illustrated the dynamics of domestic violence and the power and control techniques used by the abusers.  The training’s history was informative and enlightening for me. From the rule of thumb chastisement law whereby husbands could discipline and beat their wives; to the American history of oppression embedded in violence against women, against Native Americans and against other people of color or people who were different; to the unfair criminal, legal and prison systems of America today that perpetuate violence particularly when dealing with survivors who are people of color, LGBTQ or just different. All forms of DV and abuse was clearly and thoroughly reviewed as well as prejudices, sexism, racism and other oppressions. I was most impressed with how respectful the training was toward DV survivors, stressing meeting them where they are at, without making assumptions but treating all survivors with respect, dignity, showing compassion and mindfulness at all times regardless of preferences and differences. We are all humans and we all deserve to be treated as such. This training changed my perspective on many things, the lessons made me think about life in general and has made me a better person.”
– Zalise  (Summer 2017)

Interested in volunteering with us? Need to complete 40 hours of domestic violence training for work? Or would you just like to take the training for personal interest? Take a look at our volunteer opportunities here & fill out an application here*.

Don’t have time to volunteer, but want to support this work? Please consider making a small contribution today.

*Volunteer applications for our next training cycle are due Monday, January 8th, 2018.

2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

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