April 2012

Like Mother,
Like Daughter

Alicia Padillapaz, volunteer and recent graduate from our 40 hour domestic violence training, is following in her mom's footsteps. In 1992, Miriam Padillapaz graduated from WOMAN, Inc's training and went on to work on our crisis line, help with the pager system, facilitate support groups, help order food boxes for survivors, help with restraining orders, and translate important documents.

Miriam went on to work with our partner agency, The Riley Center, and continues to advocate for survivors today as a case manager for Catholic Charities. We are so honored to work with two generations of the Padillapaz family!

Nitika Sarah Kuruvilla Joins the Board
Sarah joined the Board of Directors in January 2012 and is passionate about expanding WOMAN Inc’s outreach to eradicate domestic abuse from society. Over the years she has been an advocate and counselor for friends who were victimized by various forms of abuse. She now formally extends her professional expertise to further WOMAN Inc’s mission.

After getting an MBA from India, Sarah came to the U.S. and pursued a MA in Economics from Nebraska (specializing in International Trade & Finance), followed by a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University (specializing in International Development). Her professional career includes running operations and finances for start ups, working as financial consultant in a bank, developing services for the international development community - including hundreds of non-profits from around the world and most recently, working as Director of Business Operations for a technology firm in the East Bay. Of all her professional experiences, she finds her work in Washington DC serving the social sector stakeholders, the most rewarding.    

Sarah now lives in San Francisco with her husband and new baby boy. She says, “As a new mom, my priorities have changed and I now want to spend my time doing things I am most passionate about. This includes spending precious time with my son, going on scuba diving trips with my husband, and getting involved in causes that are close to my heart”. She looks forward to streamlining the operations at WOMAN, Inc. and using social media tools and YouTube for NonProfits to expand its outreach.




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Cole Hardware Supports WOMAN, Inc.
Cole Hardware – a family-owned operation that includes 4 locations in San Francisco – has been serving the community since 1959.  The owner, Dave Karp’s philosophy is, “There are no strangers here, just friends we haven’t met!”Dave extends his warmth and care to the wider community by collecting donations each month for local charities.  During the month of February, donations were collected for WOMAN, Inc. in jars placed at the cash registers of each Cole Hardware location.  A total of $661.89 was collected to help WOMAN, Inc. provide services to survivors of domestic violence.

A huge thank you goes out to Dave and all his friendly staff at Cole Hardware!


Twenty-four Bay Area Agencies Now Using DVIRC Website!
It has been 5 months since the official launch of the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC) website and 24 agencies throughout
the San Francisco Bay Area are now successfully using the system to aid survivors of domestic violence in finding appropriate resources.
Below is a list of participating agencies. 

Emergency Shelter Program Hayward
A Safe Place Oakland
Family Violence Law Center Oakland
Shalom Bayit Oakland
Narika Berkeley
Safe Alternatives to Violent Environment (SAVE) Fremont
Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC) San Francisco
Asian Women’s Resource Center/Gum Moon Women’s Residence San Francisco
Asian Women’s Shelter San Francisco
Bay Area Legal Aid San Francisco
Community United Against Violence San Francisco
Donaldina Cameron House San Francisco
Dream House – Jewish Family & Children’s Services San Francisco
Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center San Francisco
Riley Center – Saint Vincent de Paul Society San Francisco
San Francisco Department on the Status of Women San Francisco
San Francisco Sherriff’s Department; Survivor Empowerment Program San Francisco
Volunteer Legal Services Program/BASF San Francisco
WOMAN, Inc. San Francisco
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) San Mateo
Asian Americans for Community Involvement San Jose
Maitri San Jose
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence San Jose
Support Network For Battered Women, YWCA

International Women's Day Celebration at Moody's
On March 8, International Women’s Day, the staff at Moody’s Analytics in downtown San Francisco organized a fundraiser in honor of WOMAN, Inc.  Paola Souto, a case manager at WOMAN, Inc. made a presentation to the group about domestic violence.  The Moody’s team also enjoyed music, refreshments, karaoke and a raffle.  A good time was had by all and we received some very generous contributions!  A big thank you goes out to the Moody’s team and also to the donors of the fabulous raffle prizes - Three Babes Bakeshop, Marin Ayurveda, Poldadotties Cookies, and Slinky Scarf.


Volunteer Training Graduates
WOMAN, Inc is happy to congratulate our newest group of volunteers who graduated from the 40 hour Domestic Violence training program at the end of March. This training marks the anniversary of our first collaborative training with the Riley Center. Janice, Nayeli, Allegra, Anna, Sara, Alicia, Rachel, Ritu and Gina will go on to support the WOMAN, Inc crisis line, Latina program, outreach and community education, development and fundraising, and in building our online referral database. Jackie, Lidia, Carlita, Chrissy and Maisha will go on to work with partner agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
                                                                                          Congratulations and welcome to the movement!

WOMAN,Inc Community
Volunteers and staff of WOMAN, Inc attended a meeting in February to create a community wall. This was an opportunity to connect with other folks supporting WOMAN, Inc and to create a visible reminder of the community we all help to build in being here. Each person created a piece for the wall with a photo of themselves, and some fun information about them and why they do this work.

We look forward to watching our community grow!

Walk Against Rape
April 28, 10am
San Francisco Women Against Rape’s 7th annual Walk Against Rape is a 3.5 mile walk starting at The Women’s Building at 10:00am and culminating in a festival at 1:00pm at Potrero del Sol Park (“La Raza Park"). Walkers will arrive in the park to find art, speakers, performances, vendors, prizes for the highest fundraisers, several community organizations who will be offering information and resources, and food and drinks. Walkers interested in participating can download a registration form from the event site and begin to collect donations from their friends and family. All proceeds will benefit San Francisco Women Against Rape. http://www.sfwar.org/walk/index.html.

In addition, WOMAN, Inc. will present a table offering informational brochures about domestic violence at the event.
Hope to see you all there!
Q2 Fundraising Dance

May 18, 2012
Location: Bissap (formerly Bollyhood) 3372 19th Street
Start time: 10pm, we end around 1:30amish, depending on the crowd :)
Cover: $3-7 (Most of this goes to WOMAN, Inc!)

A queer dance party!!!!
We are a collective of community based organizers aiming to create a queer identified space that is open to chavas/os, cumbieros, and allies who support the struggle for justice in our hoods.
We are Festive. We are Fierce. We are the Qumbia Qrew!!!
Spinning the best of musica tropical, cumbia, merengue, y mas!
Come support WOMAN, Inc and enjoy the company, music, and dance.
Commemorate a Violence-Free Mother's Day
Mothers are important to our lives because they are there to comfort us, guide us and nurture us until adulthood. WOMAN, Inc. provides for the well being of Mothers impacted by domestic violence by offering caring counselors via its 24/7 hotline, individual therapy, and support groups for both women and their children.  Last year, with your support, we helped over 22,000 survivors through the trauma of domestic violence. 
Lately, we are seeing an increase in the number of domestic violence survivors who need our help.  At the same time we are experiencing budget cuts.  This results in long waiting lists for counseling for survivors, and fewer resources in general.
I think we all agree that no one deserves to be abused and so we invite you to join us in commemorating Mother’s Day this year by helping WOMAN, Inc. to continue providing these much needed services that contribute to the well being of Mothers in the Bay Area. 
Your generous support will help ensure that we are ready and able to help any survivor who needs us, anytime.  We encourage you to make a donation in honor of your Mother (or a Mother you love) and we will send her a special Mother’s Day card noting that you have donated to help end domestic violence in honor of her.
Your support helps to give these women reason to celebrate themselves as they become empowered to create lives free of violence. We understand and appreciate the value of every donation and work to ensure that each gift is put to good use where it is needed most. Together, with your help, we can continue saving more lives and end domestic violence in our community.
We wish Mothers everywhere a happy and peaceful Mother’s Day full of love and laughter!.

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Wish List

The following in-kind gifts (new or gently used) will help WOMAN, Inc. to support survivors of domestic violence in a holistic and relevant manner:
  • Brochure display stand
  • Small rolling luggage case for laptop
  • Digital camera with video
  • Foam fold-out sleeper chair
  • Coffee maker
  • Gift Cards for Walgreens, Safeway, Ross, local restaurants, etc. (For survivors and children who must flee without funds).
  • Motel Vouchers (for those survivors who may only need one night in a confidential location until they can find a shelter or leave town).
  • Muni Passes, Muni Passport or Muni single ride tickets, or BART tickets

To learn more about contributing to our wish list or making other types of donations, call Grace Aroha at 415-864-4777, Ext 311.