COVID-19 and the impact on DWC’s programs and services
Dear DWC supporters,
Thank you so much for all the donations and words of support. They have energized us to be nimble and think creatively about how to continue providing services as our participants become ever more reliant on the Center for meals, basic hygiene needs, safety, and community.
Like all of you, we are closely monitoring official recommendations regarding COVID-19 and at this time will be modifying our operations in the following ways:
- Services continue with social distancing practices in place. Please note that these may be adapted as official guidance and conditions change.
- Meals and mail service are provided daily from 9-10am.
- Showers and bathrooms continue to be available.
- Sign-ups for case management and employment services are available daily from 10:30-11:30am.
- The Women’s Health Clinic continues to operate Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Onsite volunteering has been temporarily suspended. To support us from home, please sign up for remote volunteering opportunities here.
- We are not currently receiving of household and clothing donations. We welcome cleaning supplies, snack and toiletry packs, and items from our Emergency Preparedness Amazon wish list.
- MADE by DWC Resale Boutique and MADE by DWC Café & Gift Boutique are closed to the public until further notice.
- Non-essential staff began working remotely as Monday, March 16. Our administrative offices will remain operational and can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 213.680.0600.
How you can help
- Consider making a financial donation through our website or sending us items from our Emergency Preparedness Amazon wish list.
- Support our social enterprise MADE by DWC by shopping online.
- Join us for our next DWC Community Update on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00PM via Zoom where we will discuss any changes to our services and ways to engage. Register here.
Thank you for being a valued part of the DWC community and supporting our mission of ending homeless for women. We will continue sending updates to our entire community via email and on social media with news about our services and actions you can take to help us through this challenging time.
For interviews and other press requests, please contact:
Lorena M. Sanchez, Senior Director of Communication and Development
Office: 213.680.0600 ext 2682
The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women. We envision a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Our mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.
By the Numbers (2019)
- 119 units of Permanent Supportive Housing
- 5,438 women served
- 113 women were housed
- 99% housing retention rate
- 3,399 women served through our Day Center
- 893 case management sessions
- 400 women accessed mental health services
- 233 group therapy sessions
- 130 health workshops
- 861 women accessed workforce development services
- Amy Turk, Chief Executive Officer
- Erika Hartman, Chief Program Officer
- Stuart Jackson, Chief Financial and Operating Officer
- Joe Altepeter, Chief Social Enterprise Officer
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Downtown Women’s Center Opens 25-Bed Emergency Shelter on Skid Row | Downtown News, 8/19/19
DWC in the news
Fitness Can’t Just Be For the Rich: These Organizations Are Making Fitness Accessible to Low-Income Americans
Livestrong, February 20, 2019 A Scene From the Streets at the Homeless Count
DT News, February 5, 2019 What Leighton Meester Is Teaching Her Daughter About Giving Back Through Her Work With Homeless Organizations
Haute Living, February 4, 2019 Scenes from the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2019 Setting Sail With The Mermaid
DT News, January 23, 2019 If Leighton Meester’s Volunteer Work With Feeding America Has Taught Her One Thing, It’s That One Person Can Make A Difference
Bustle, January 11, 2019
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards More Than $38 Million in Grants in the Fourth Quarter of 2018
Associated Press, December 24, 2018 The Goop Guide to Volunteering
Goop, December 21, 2018 L.A. Gives Back Fest Raises Over $76K In One Night Of EDM
All Access, December 21, 2018 How to Give Back in Downtown During the Holidays
DT News, December 6, 2018 Historic Filipinotown Bar Invites Invites Some of LA’s Best Bartenders to Make New Drinks Every Week
Eater Los Angeles, December 4, 2018 Downtown Women’s Center Launches Holiday Collection
DT News, November 27, 2018 Go Get Em Tiger’s One-Day-Only Thanksgiving Sips
NBC4, November 20, 2018 Go Get Em Tiger’s Wacky Annual Coffee Bonanza Happens on Thanksgiving Again
Eater LA, November, 19, 2019 The Lily’s 2018 gift guide: 52 items made and curated by women
The Lily, November 14, 2018 These LA Charities & Organizations Need Your Help Right Now
Thrillist, November 5, 2018 Bountiful ways to give back during season of giving
Larchmont Chronicle, November 1, 2018 Center continues support for homeless women
Park LaBrea News, November 1, 2018 Skid Row Faces Record Number of Homeless Children
LA Downtown News, October 29, 2018 Dodgers give back at LA Women’s Center
MLB.com, October 26, 2018 LA This Week
Channel 35, October 19, 2018 Leighton Meester Is Supporting Hungry Kids Across the World for a Very Personal Reason
Shape, October 19, 2018 Celebrate the Downtown Women’s Center
DT News, October 16, 2018 We don’t need protection from the homeless. They need protection from us
Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2018 ‘The Bench, A Homeless Love Story,’ a needed play right now
People’s World, October 10, 2018 More research on permanent supportive housing needed, report finds
Phys.org, October 1, 2018 Dateline’s City of Angels
NBC, August 19, 2018 Lynn Russell found new perspective, hope at Downtown Women’s Center
Larchmont Chronicle, August 2, 2018 Skid Row Cafe Aims To Change Lives
CBS KCAl 9, June 27, 2018 This Skid Row Cafe Employs and Supports Homeless Women
LA Weekly, June 25, 2018 Toms teams with Clare V. on a shoe collection benefiting Downtown Women’s Center
Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2018 Spotlight: Clare V. x TOMS Collection
InStyle Magazine, April 2018 The Incredible Organizations Creating New Homes for Women
Lonny Magazine, March 30, 2018 Feminist Mural Painted Downtown to Mark International Women’s Day
Fox 11 News, March 8, 2018 Los Angeles’s Downtown Women’s Center
Upswell, March 6, 2018 TOMS and Clare V. Team Up for Footwear Capsule
Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2018 7 Ways to Help the Homeless in Los Angeles
Curbed LA, January 22, 2018
Homeless in Los Angeles: A Growing Problem
National Public Radio, December 8, 2017 It’s Giving Tuesday. If You Plan to Make a Donation, Here’s What You Need to Know.
OC Register, November 27, 2017 Serving Meals and Memories on Thanksgiving Day
Feeding America, November 13, 2017 Cruel Cycle of Homelessness and Domestic Violence in LA
Al Jazeera English, September 26, 2017 In Focus: Downtown Women’s Center Resident
Spectrum, September 25, 2017 Skid Row Mission May Have to Cut Services Due to Donation Drop
Los Angeles Downtown News, August 21, 2017 When Violence and Trauma Put Women on the Street, This Organization Is Here to Help
KCRW, July 12, 2017 “I’ve Had to Become Tough”: How Homeless Women Survive the Dangers of Skid Row
Los Angeles Daily News, June 24, 2017 LA Homeless Survey Helps Service Groups Plan and Budget
Marketplace, April 17, 2017 Housing Homeless Women
Los Angeles Downtown News, April 3, 2017 The Downtown Women’s Center in LA Gives Homeless & Traumatized Women a Safe Space to Heal
Dating Advice, March 21, 2017 Building a Downtown LA for Everyone
Curbed LA, March 9, 2017 As Homelessness in LA Continues to Rise, Much of South LA Also Seeing an Increase
Intersections LA, February 9, 2017 Counting America’s Hidden Homeless
Al Jazeera English, January 31, 2017
Advocates Push for Women to be a Focus of the War on Homelessness
Al Jazeera America, February 8, 2016 Mayor Garcetti Appoints Wendy Greuel to LAHSA Commission
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Media, January 12, 2016 Los Angeles to Serve as Crucible for Reform in Ending Chronic Homelessness
The Christian Science Monitor, January 6, 2016 LA County approves $7 million to help homeless — especially women, veterans
Los Angeles Daily News, January 5, 2016 $2M More to Provide Homes With Housing for Health
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Media, January 5, 2016
How LA County Can Open More Doors for Homeless Women: Guest Commentary
Los Angeles Daily News, December 30, 2015 MADE by DWC Combines Crafting with Empowerment
Los Angeles Magazine, December 23, 2015 Can We Build a Better Los Angeles by 2050?
Caring Magazine, December 2015 Gift Guide 2015: For the Ladies
US Weekly, November 24, 2015 Buy These Not-Boring L.A.-Made Holiday Gifts
LA Weekly, November 23, 2015 Letter to the Editor: We Can’t Fight Homelessness Without Providing Homes
Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2015 Man with soft spot leaves $3.3 million to skid row charities
Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2015 Homeless Women on LA’s ‘Skid Row’ Find Hopeful Future
Voice of America, March 18, 2015 MADE by DWC Spotlight: Made in LA Businesses
ABC 7’s Eye on LA, March 15, 2015 Reason Why Homeless Women Have It Harder on LA’s ‘Skid Row’
ATTN:, March 5, 2015
On LA’s Skid Row, boutique gifts lift some women out of harm’s way
KPCC Off-Ramp, December 20, 2014 Ornaments deck the halls with craft, creativity and creatures
Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2014 A female Navy veteran recalls the harassment and humiliation
Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2014 The Exit Interview with Lisa Watson
Downtown News, November 4, 2014 These Often-Invisible Women Experience Sexual Assault At An Alarming Rate
Huffington Post, August 11, 2014 Report calls for more help for Skid Row’s growing population of elderly homeless women
KPCC, August 6, 2014 A growing percentage of women on skid row are older, survey finds
Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2014 Letter to the Editor: Living on skid row isn’t a choice
Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2014