As a supporter and neighbor of the Downtown Women’s Center, Jan has found many ways to support the women of Skid Row, as a donor, volunteer and MADE by DWC customer - and most recently, as an advocate, by helping us to expand our reach through our monthly giving program.
We sat down with Jan to hear her story and what brought her to the Center.Read more
This week (May 10-16) marks the 16th annual National Women's Health Week.
At the Downtown Women's Center, one of our goals is to empower women to make their health a top priority. Through our housing model that recognizes homelessness as a public health crisis, our wellness workshops, and health clinic services, we continue to provide a holistic health program for our community.Read more
DWC Housing Manager Elvia Valdes (left) with resident Dana Harris
Mother’s Day is important at the Downtown Women’s Center.
For many women at DWC, Mother’s Day is not just a reminder of the families they love, but also their journeys to stable and empowered lives. Every year when May comes around, participants and staff alike reflect on what Mother’s Day means to them.Read more
For over 20 years, Bank of America has been one of the Downtown Women’s Center’s leading community partners.
In 2007, Bank of America invited us to be a part of their Neighborhood Builders Program, which included a $200,000 grant and opportunities for our leaders to participate in professional development opportunities.
Since September 2014, Shannon (Shea) LeWallen has been teaching Shimmy Shape Up! at the Downtown Women’s Center.
Renamed from "RAQSHIMMY," Shimmy Shape Up! is a full-body workout created by Shea that combines belly dance, yoga, plyometrics, and music. Once a week, she leads women in this 1-hour, high-energy fitness experience.Read more
“I want to go back to work. I want to go back to my previous life.”
These are words Alisa S. repeats throughout sharing her story. This mantra has kept her going through the past two years when she first arrived to downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row area.Read more
Volunteer Wendy Scholl (left) knitting with DWC resident Tan in a DWC Skills Enhancement Training workshop.
Five years ago, Wendy Scholl considered herself a volunteer “under the radar.”
As an attorney for Bank of America, she had been to DWC to participate in group volunteer projects organized by her work, but had never volunteered on her own. It was during a Christmas donation sorting project that Wendy learned about our Skills Enhancement Training ("SET" to Create) knitting workshop.Read more
The Downtown Women’s Center was abuzz with excitement when we welcomed international superstar Salma Hayek Pinault to our Center in late March – an unexpected but delightful surprise to DWC residents and staff.