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Telling our story together.

Taking the Next Step: Stephanie Ogrodnik


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.

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What Every Woman Needs to Know About HIV/AIDS


March 10th marks the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! The Downtown Women’s Center proudly supports efforts to empower each other with information about HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.

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Two Women Who Changed the Game

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.


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How to Improve the Health of Older Homeless 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.

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Our Response to a Community Tragedy


(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.

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A Movement for Change: 1-in-4 Los Angeles Convening


One quarter. Twenty-five percent.

One in four homeless individuals in the United States is a woman. Yet women receive far less than their share of research, resources, or political advocacy.

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A New Look, A Renewed Commitment


We are thrilled to share the Downtown Women's Center's new look!

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No Place Like Home


There is no place quite like Bertha’s apartment.

She keeps her home incredibly tidy and neat and is proud to show it off to her guests. Her apartment is chock-full of small projects that help her keep her home organized and beautiful.

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A Volunteer Leader: Lisa Napoli


Lisa Napoli first started volunteering with DWC a few years ago when she was looking for an opportunity near her home in downtown Los Angeles.

“I went to [volunteer] training and loved the idea of gathering people to cook communally, since I love to make and share food.”

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Regaining Health & Hope


Vikki was homeless for nearly five years living behind an old library in Santa Monica.

“It was the safest place I could find in this situation.”

Diagnosed with schizophrenia and distanced from her relatives, she lived in a constant state of paranoia and fear, with little to no access to medical services.

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