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Volunteer Individual Highlight: Kathryn Rotondi and Alyssa Brown

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Kathryn Rotondi (left), DWC Donations Associate Andy Motz, and Alyssa Brown

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and DWC is thrilled to honor the incredible individuals and groups who make our community stronger. 

This year, we're excited to highlight two individual volunteers who donate their time and artistic skills to working with women in DWC's creative workshops: Alyssa Brown and Kathryn Rotondi!

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How DWC Is Improving Health Outcomes for Women in Skid Row

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Health is a top concern for many women on Skid Row. Homelessness takes a substantial toll on physical as well as mental wellbeing, and research shows that women who are experiencing homelessness, particularly those who've been homeless a year or longer, face disproportionate risks for health complications. These conditions only exacerbate as women age, and research shows there continues to be a demographic shift toward older women on Skid Row. A lack of adequate housing and health support increases the likelihood that women in their 50s and 60s will live with health conditions not typically seen in the housed population until their 70s or 80s. What's more, for many women, health complications are likely compounded by experiences of trauma, such as physical or sexual violence.

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MADE by DWC Films a Commercial with CNN!

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Last week, MADE by DWC (MADE), the Downtown Women’s Center’s (DWC) social enterprise program, teamed up with The Little Market to participate in a commercial shoot for the CNN Airport Network!

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Our Response to the Federal Budget

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At the Downtown Women's Center, we rely on federal assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to operate the programs that end homelessness for women every day. One of those women, Darlene, was in her twenties when she became homeless. Forced to find a new place to live after her mother's death, Darlene struggled to find anything – Los Angeles's high rental prices and lack of affordable housing made her search impossible. What's more, Darlene lives with disabling health conditions that prevent her from holding a regular job. She spent seven years staying in parks, beaches, transitional housing, and, sometimes, the emergency room. For Darlene, an unaccompanied woman, homelessness was a dangerous, traumatic experience.

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DWC Goes to Lobby Day 2017!

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Above: Rachel and Francine arrive at the Sacramento airport for a full day of lobby visits at the Capitol!

On March 8, our PR & Policy Coordinator Rachel Kassenbrock, and DWC resident/advocate Francine Andrade descended upon the Sacramento Capitol to participate in Housing California's 2017 Lobby Day!

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Measure H Passed! What's Next?

 Measure H passed! What's next?

In November 2016, voters in Los Angeles City overwhelmingly approved Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion housing bond to build up to 10,000 units of housing, by a margin of 76%. This result confirmed what we at the Downtown Women’s Center already knew: LA voters care deeply about the thousands of Angelenos living in cars, on our streets, and in shelters. But it also confirmed something more: LA voters don’t just care about homelessness; they believe we can end it. And together, we made a statement that we plan to do just that.

But there was more work to be done. Building the housing is the first step, but wraparound services are what keep someone housed.

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DWC Joins Historic Women's March on Washington

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On Saturday, January 21, DWC residents, participants, and staff joined approximately 750,000 others to participate in the Women's March of Los Angeles - one of the marches affiliated with the Women's March on Washington D.C. happening around the world. 

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Celebrating 2016 and Advocacy in the Year Ahead

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2016 was a year full of exciting steps forward - and all of the progress we made last year is thanks to YOU! Your support and advocacy made it possible for us to accomplish so much together.

Here's a snapshot of our year in advocating to end homelessness for women and a sneak peek at what's ahead in 2017:

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Rose Arzola Dies at 89

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Above: Rose Arzola (left) with our founder Jill Halverson

It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Rose Arzola, the inspiration for the founding of the Downtown Women’s Center, died on Monday, December 5, 2016, following health complications related to age. She was 89.

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On Ending Homelessness for Women, the 2016 Election, and Hope for the Future

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In the 1970s, our city was in the midst of a crisis. With the reality of de-institutionalization and the resulting surge of homelessness in Los Angeles came the fear that there was no way out.

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