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Awards & Recognition

Leading the way to ending homelessness.

DWC is recognized as a pioneer in ending homelessness for women. We'd love to share some of our recent accolades with you.


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Alston & Bird 2015 Featured Nonprofit Organization
Los Angeles Business Journal presents the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Award for DWC's Women's Health Center
National Association of Professional Organizers' "Organizing Excellence in Community Service" Award
Peace Over Violence's 2015 "Collaborate Over Violence" Award - Associate Director of Health and Wellness Programs Sarah Callender
Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH)’s Bright Lights "Resident Services" Award - Senior Resident Manager Tanja Dinwiddie

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California Preservation Foundation’s 31st Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation - Project Home 
Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation’s Halo Award - DWC Volunteer Program and Volunteer Lisa Napoli
Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s “Woman of the Year” - Board Member Kathy Suto
Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH)’s Bright Lights "Resident Services" Award - CTI Program Manager Martha Delgado 

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California's Nonprofit of the Year - Governor's Volunteering and Service Award
Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH)'s Bright Lights "Unsung Hero" Award - Senior Resident Manager Angelia Pettiford

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Downtown News's Central City East 11th Annual Downtowners of Distinction Award 
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)'s inaugural Community Partnership Award
Los Angeles Magazine's Top 50 Women Changemakers - CEO Lisa Watson 

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Los Angeles Business Journal's Nonprofit Organization of the Year  
Corporation for Supportive Housing’s California Quality in Design Award - Project Home 
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Award - Project Home 
KCET Local Hero Award - CEO Lisa Watson 
2011 Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Awardee - CEO Lisa Watson

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Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow  - Executive Director Lisa Watson
Women’s Foundation of California's Women’s Policy Institute Fellow - Senior Director of Programs & Community Education Monica Martinez

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Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Neighborhood Builder Award
Friends In Deed in Pasadena opens a drop-in Day Center modeled on the Downtown Women’s Center, joining organizations in San Francisco and San Jose, California, Amarillo, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, who have utilized DWC as a prototype

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Downtown News's “Best Way to Help the Homeless” - Volunteering at DWC
Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s “Woman of the Year” - DWC Executive Director Lisa Watson

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Downtown News's “Best Philanthropic 2 Hours” - Volunteer Cooking Club
Sunshine Lady - Continuing Services Director Mina Kedar recognized for her work with survivors of domestic violence

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