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Telling our story together.

The Long Road to Recovery: Meet Yvonne

This Veterans Day, help support the DWC Veterans Program and make a donation in honor of a veteran in your life!



When 51-year-old Yvonne sits down with her Downtown Women’s Center case manager Johanna Lopez, she’s all smiles.

“I just found out I’m getting an apartment,” Yvonne announces happily. “It’s amazing! So close to the holidays.”

There was a time not long ago when Yvonne wouldn't have had a home for the holidays.

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Our Response to L.A.'s State of Emergency on Homelessness

Mayor Garcetti

Image source: LA Mayor Garcetti's Office Twitter

On Tuesday, September 22, seven Los Angeles City Council members and Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference to announce that they are declaring a "state of emergency" on homelessness in Los Angeles and committing $100 million to housing, supportive services, and homelessness prevention (read the full story in the LA Times).

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DWC Welcomes Congresswoman Maxine Waters and HUD Secretary Castro

HUD Secretary and Congresswomen

Above: (From left to right) DWC Director of Communications Ann-Sophie Morrissette, DWC Chief Programs Officer Amy Turk, Representative Janice Hahn, Secretary Julian Castro, Representative Maxine Waters, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, DWC Chief Development Officer Brooke Lykins, and DWC Resident Vikki V.

On August 31, the Downtown Women's Center welcomed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, along with Representatives Maxine Waters, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Janice Hahn.

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Our Family Kitchen

The DWC Kitchen Family

Within the first six months of 2015, the DWC Kitchen Team has produced over 55,000 meals – serving approximately 100 women breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

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10 Years of Service: Thank You, Molly Moen!

Molly Moen, COOAfter 10 years of working with us, our much-loved Chief Operating Officer Molly Moen is leaving the Downtown Women's Center. We gathered messages from a few of her many friends in our community to honor her incredible contributions over the years, and chatted with her about her time at the Center.

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A Change of Heart: A Volunteer's Story

At the Downtown Women's Center, we have over 5,000 volunteers who help end homelessness with us every year, and we know that each volunteer has a unique story making them part of our community. The following post was written by long-time DWC volunteer Iris Lee, who agreed to share what being part of the DWC family means to her.

Three years ago, I was looking for a place to donate some clothes after a spring-cleaning and a quick search on the web led me to the Downtown Women’s Center. I grabbed my bags and headed over in my car.

I had spent plenty of time in Downtown Los Angeles and was looking to move into the area, but I had so far avoided Skid Row, having heard negative rumors about the area. But once I stepped into the lobby of the Downtown Women’s Center, it was as if the air around me had changed. The Day Center was bright, spacious, and clean.

Day Center

Above: Walking into the Day Center, you might see anything from a meal being prepared in DWC's open kitchen, to a front desk manager assisting women with bus tokens, case management sign-ups, and more!

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Creating a Safe Space: Meet Amy Turk

Residence Photos

On any given day at the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), women of all backgrounds and experiences fill the Day Center by the dozen. From the moment the doors open at 6 AM, staff members and participants alike mingle in the bustling community space, chatting and laughing with coffee in hand. And for DWC Chief Programs Officer Amy Turk, there’s only one way to start her day off right.

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An Announcement from DWC


The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Rosenberger has announced her resignation, effective August 14, 2015.

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MADE by DWC’s Splash into Summer Recap


An evening of shopping, art, and food also serves to showcase the beauty of the Downtown Women's Center community.

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1 Man, 240 Volunteer Hours

Jackson Huang

Jackson Huang has always been concerned about poverty and homelessness, and after completing his military service a few years ago, he decided he was going to do something about it.

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