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Downtown Women’s Center Receives Historic Gift of $500,000

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Above: Support from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund will allow DWC to provide case management services to more women.

We are thrilled to announce that this July, the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation – Inland Southern California awarded DWC with a $500,000 grant to support our Day Center. This gift is the largest private foundation grant that DWC has ever received for programming support.

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“A grant of this size will ensure that DWC is able to respond to the growing need for women-specific services in Los Angeles County,” said Chief Program Officer, Amy Turk. “With women being the fastest growing group within the larger homeless population, we’re so grateful to see the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund support efforts to reduce and ultimately end this crisis.”

Support from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund will allow DWC to expand the trauma-informed, gender-specific services we offer in our Day Center, providing case management services to hundreds more homeless and extremely low-income women over the next year. By focusing on each woman’s unique needs, DWC’s individualized case management services link women to housing, healthcare, legal aid, transportation, government benefits, education, job training opportunities, work placements, and other resources. (Click here to learn more about our Day Center.)

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Above: In addition to individualized case management, our Day Center provides basic needs services for women - including three meals per day, showers and restrooms, laundry services, access to phone/mail, and more.

 “We’ve seen the numbers and we know what works, but more importantly, we’ve seen the difference that individualized services can make in the life of a woman experiencing homelessness,” Turk said. “This grant will help us continue to provide that immediate support as we work towards ending homelessness for all women.”


Photos by: Erica Kawamoto Hsu

Find out more about our generous donors and supporters here. Interested in making a contribution to DWC? Donate online here.


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  • commented 2016-10-26 09:03:19 -0700
    Congratulations on receiving the grant DWC. Women need great support from our society to grow up and improve themselves in all the fields. I appreciate the support from S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund for supporting the DWC to that extent. Women must come in front to lead the society and they have great responsibilities to support the development of the entire world. I’m a writer from http://www.essayschief.com and have written a number of essays and articles about the accountability and importance of women in our society. Anyway, all the best in your endeavors DWC.