This Women’s History Month, we need your help to raise $5,000 by March 31 to sponsor 100 enrichment workshops for the women of DWC. To date we’ve raised an incredible $1,075. Will you help us reach $2,000 by the end of the day?
March is Women’s History Month, and today on International Women’s Day (March 8) we at the Downtown Women’s Center recognize and celebrate the dynamic women who have made our city so great!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Downtown Women’s Center participant Abigail Malecki will lead her own HIV/AIDS prevention class starting in August 2015.
Her peer-led class "Kissing Angels" empowers other women to learn about risk factors, treatment options, and empowerment strategies for HIV and AIDS. We sat down with Abigail to hear her story.Read more
It’s hard to imagine that there was ever a time in Teressa’s life when she wasn’t her happy, warm, and giving self. A resident of the Center since 2011, Teressa is known for her smiles, her community spirit, and her willingness to lend a hand whenever it is needed.Read more
DWC Housing Manager Elvia Valdes (left) with resident Dana Harris
Mother’s Day is important at the Downtown Women’s Center.
For many women at DWC, Mother’s Day is not just a reminder of the families they love, but also their journeys to stable and empowered lives. Every year when May comes around, participants and staff alike reflect on what Mother’s Day means to them.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
There was a time in Theresa’s life when she was homeless and accepted her lot in life.
She was going back and forth from jail, until she stood before a particular judge who let her know her lifestyle was going to land her in prison.Read more
Laura describes her four years in the military as the hardest of her life, due to the constant sexual harassment that never abated.
“I would try not to sleep in the barracks. If I did need to rest, I would leave my boots on and have a knife with me.”Read more