Since September 2014, Shannon (Shae) LeWallen has been teaching Shimmy Shape Up! at the Downtown Women’s Center.
Once a week, she leads women in a 1-hour full-body workout that combines belly dance, yoga, plyometrics, and music to create a high-energy and fun 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.
Learning Center volunteer Stephanie Ogrodnik (right) with DWC participant Dana W.
A year ago, Stephanie Ogrodnik had just moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia.
She was living in the middle of bustling Hollywood and was immediately struck by how great the needs of her homeless neighbors were. She began researching local homeless organizations to get involved with, and was drawn to the Downtown Women’s Center.Read more
This month we celebrate the accomplishments of trailblazing women who have left their mark in the United States. At the Downtown Women’s Center, we celebrate Women’s History Month with a special tribute to the two women who started it all – Rose and Jill, pioneers in the work to end homelessness for women.
Half of the homeless women living in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row are over the age of 51.
Study after study also shows that homelessness takes a serious toll on a person’s health. Older homeless adults disproportionately use emergency rooms due to complex health problems and a lack of housing, and they have a life expectancy in the low 60s.Read more
(Image from original cellphone video. Los Angeles Police Department)
The Downtown Women’s Center was shocked and saddened to learn of the shooting death of Africa (Charley Saturmin Robinet) on Sunday.Read more