*September 2013*
Celebrating 35 Years of Collaboration, Advocacy, and Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence

On August 16th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. celebrated their 35th Birthday at Virgil’s Sea Room on 3152 Mission Street. Founded in 1978, for past three decades, our agency has been dedicated to empowering domestic violence survivors to create lives free of violence. Originally founded as a two-bedroom shelter, the agency quickly realized that additional options were needed for survivors who, for many reasons, did not want to enter shelters. Illustrating responsiveness to community need, the Support-Line, support groups, therapy and Latina Programs were created. Most recently, our Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward) group was founded for survivors who ‘graduated’ from our Latina Program and want to stay connected with our agency. In addition to direct client services, the agency offers a wide array of community education and volunteer opportunities. Our agency’s approach has garnered much community recognition over the years. Just in 2012, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. received the Ellen Magnin Newman Award by the All San Francisco Concert Committee and the San Francisco Symphony, received the title of Top-Rated Nonprofit on GreatNonprofits, and was voted as a top 7 charity in San Francisco in a contest sponsored by 7x7 Magazine and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Much has happened in the past 35 years, and August 16th, the community came together to acknowledge the agency’s accomplishments. Highlights from the night included Beverly Upton, former executive director of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and Current Executive Director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium speaking on how W.O.M.A.N., Inc. saved her life and the special place in her heart held by our agency. We were all also very moved by Laura, one of our former clients sharing her story of domestic violence and how through utilizing support services at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., she was able to leave her violent relationship and create a better life for herself. It was testaments like these that reminded staff and community alike, why the agency was established in the first place. 
To continue with the celebration, attendees enjoyed delicious food donated Bi Rite, Miss Kitty’s Kitchen, Pao Pao’s Cupcakes, and Semifreddi’s Bakery. A raffle was also held with lovely gifts donated by Maiden Lane Yoga Studio, Mezzanine, Yoshi’s, Brian Barneclo, 1015 Folsom, Thrive, Beretta, Dandelion Chocolate, Lyft, Boombotix, European Wax Center, Coupa Café, Rock Wall Wine Company, De Young Museum,The Crème Brulee Cart, Julia Conner, Far West Fungi, and Christi Lucas. 
Lastly, the night would not have been so special, if it weren’t for the help of our amazing volunteers: Ylem Rubio, Monique Cortes, Laura Adkin, Julia Glosemeyer, Gina Li, Travis Marsh, Chanel Garcia, Jessica Hoh, Ashley Suehiro, Annie Fisher, Jaymie Frazier, and Amelie Booska. It was a wonderful evening and thank you everyone! 





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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Welcomes Our New Educational Development Manager!

It’s my pleasure to welcome Maureen Egan on board as our new Educational Development Manager. Maureen has a long history with W.O.M.A.N., Inc., having served as our Crisis Line Director between 2006 and 2008 and as a Marriage & Family Therapy Intern between 2005 and 2008. In addition, Maureen has an extensive background that has allowed her to connect with a variety of community agencies. She worked with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic concentrating on substance abuse issues and also at San Mateo Correctional Health Services offering support to inmates dealing with mental health issues. In addition, she teaches a course on Family Violence at Golden Gate University.

As Educational Development Manager, Maureen will be able to combine all of these experiences and bring new life to our trainings and educational curriculum. Maureen says, “I bring enthusiasm and care to my work and I truly enjoy working on teams.” This enthusiasm coupled with her work experience has brought a new energy to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We are excited to see how she will make the position her own, work with our team, and develop our educational efforts.
Welcome Maureen!

Pamakid Runners Charity to Support Therapy Program

In August, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. learned that the Pamakid Runners Charity will be supporting our Therapy Program with a $3,000 grant donation. The Pamakid Runners Charity makes regular donations to local non-profit community organizations that match their club’s mission to “promote a healthy lifestyle.”  Our unique therapy program promotes a healthy lifestyle by teaching survivors of domestic violence to focus on their strengths and helping them to learn the invaluable skills they and their families need to heal and grow, and to ultimately live a life free from violence. Our programming also focuses on building healthy lifestyles and healthy relationships. Thank you Pamakid Runners Club for helping us to fulfill our mission, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and helping us to build a safer community for all.
To learn more, please visit Therapy Program on our WI Blog.

San Francisco Commission On the Status of Women Congratulates W.O.M.A.N., Inc. For 35 Years of Dedicated Service

On August 28th, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, a commission of the City and County of San Francisco whose purpose is to ensure women and girls equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities throughout the city, presented a resolution to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. recognizing our 35th Birthday. You can read the contents of the resolution below: 

Though the faces have changed over the years - from all of us who have ever served at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as a board member, staff member, or volunteer, many thanks for recognizing our 35 years of dedicated service to survivors of domestic violence and to strengthening the anti-violence field in general.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Hosts Open House Pop-Up Concert

All summer long, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been one of the beneficiaries of the Pop-Up Concerts for a Cause Fundraisers being put on throughout the city by PartyCorps, Hear It Local, Local Music Vibe, and The Bay Area Music Collective. To learn more about this partnership, check out Pop-Up Concerts Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. on our WI blog.
On Friday, September 13th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. hosted its’ own Pop-Up concert at our office and invited musician Laura Inserra to come perform for us. We also hosted a bake-sale and had an assortment of delicious delicacies ranging funfetti cupcakes, vegan chocolate truffles, sugar cookies, and much more. We can happily say that folks came away from the Open House with a newfound appreciation of percussion/harmonic music and sugar-filled bellies that ached later that night. Overall, it was an enjoyable event and we want to thank everyone who made our Friday the 13th memorable by contributing to the Bake Sale and supporting our Pop-Up Concert.  

The Therapy Program at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Welcomes Three New Members!

For many survivors of domestic violence, individual or family psychotherapy is a wonderful option for the healing process.  Therapy at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is provided by trainees (those who are currently enrolled in a Master’s level program for psychology) and by interns (those who have completed a Master’s program and are working toward licensure).  Each Fall, we welcome a new group that comes from a variety of universities in the Bay Area.
This year, we welcome Emi Inoue who just completed her Master’s program at California Institute of Integral Studies CIIS), Anna McDonald, also from CIIS, and Lauren Pressler who comes to us from the University of San Francisco (USF).  They are highly dedicated to the work they will be doing as therapists, support group facilitators, children’s group leaders and crisis line advocates. WELCOME!

To learn more about the Therapy Program at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., please visit the WI Blog – W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Program Highlight: Therapy Program

Strong Field Project Webinar - Best Practices For Cultivating Emerging Leaders

Recently, our Executive Director, Jill Zawisza and two of her peers, Emma Owens, Client Services Coordinator at Center for Violence Free Relationships and Adriana Caldera, Support Network Program Director, YWCA Silicon Valley co-wrote and facilitated a webinar outlining Best Practices for Cultivating Emerging Leaders.  The webinar encouraged participants to consider ways in which they lead at their agencies, understanding that leadership is about more than positional authority. Jill, Emma and Adriana discussed how our agencies and how we as leaders can enable Emerging Leaders to cultivate and develop their skills.

The presenters advocated for situational leadership, allowing for different people to take the lead when a situation speaks to their strengths, talents and interests. As opposed to positional leadership, where one person is ‘in charge’ of an agency and tends to dictate the direction of an organization, situational leadership speaks to greater impact and agency capacity and helps foster a positive work environment. Discussion on these topics took place in small groups with a report back portion. The facilitators were pleased to find a great deal of energy behind situational leadership and were excited to think about the positive ways future work might be impacted if situational leadership were embraced across the field. The webinar ended with tips on how positional leaders might support emerging leaders and how emerging leaders might work to cultivate their leadership. The lists below highlights some tips that were well received by the group:
Tips for Positional Leaders:
  • Build developing and mentoring staff into your work plan
  • Encourage staff to establish peer networks outside of the agency
  • Delegate projects to long-standing or enthusiastic staff
  • Discuss staff future career goals and see if your agency can help staff achieve their goals
  • Use adaptive leadership to mobilize others to tackle difficult challenges whenever possible. Addressing adaptive challenges will build up emerging leaders
Tips for Emerging Leaders:
  • Find mentors: reach out to them and run situations by them. Mentors don't have to be employed at your agency, they can be doing similar work at an outside agency. They may hold a position you aspire to or manage their team in a way you admire
  • Talk to your manager/supervisor/ED about your career goals. Express your interests and goals, ask them to help in your professional development
  • Learn to balance your professional and personal life. This is an important step in building up your leadership capacity

Staff Highlight - Adilia Preciado

How long have you been working at WOMAN Inc?
I've been with WOMAN Inc for a little over a year but I have only started working with WOMAN Inc for a couple of weeks now :)
What do you do at WOMAN Inc?

I am Latina Program Assistant, so I work with monolingual Spanish speaking survivors. I also help out with drop in hours and crisis line when needed.
How did you come into this profession?
I heard about the training through a friend (also a WOMAN Inc advocate) and was interested from the start. I have always liked helping others out that I kinda just fell into this profession naturally and have been doing it ever since. It just feels like a perfect fit.
What are you looking forward to as WOMAN Inc continues to grow?
I think just growing along with it. I think that so far being with WOMAN Inc for a year I have learned so much! I'm excited to keep on growing as an advocate and as a person and am definitely excited to see WOMAN Inc grow.
What do you enjoy most about working at WOMAN Inc?
Definitely everyone I work with. Everyone in the office is AMAZING! and super hilarious!! It's a great place to come and work. Everyone is always willing to help when you are unsure about something. Everyone can be silly but serious when they have to be, something that is very enjoyable.

La Red Latina's III Annual Conference Against Domestic and Gender Violence

Since 2011, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been an active member of La Red Latina, a coalition of local non-profits dedicated to ending domestic and gender violence in the Latino communities. La Red Latina’s objectives are what we call ‘the three C’s”:
  • Collaboration: we want to create a space that facilitates direct communication and team work among agencies.
  • Capacitation: all members are to become educational agents for other agencies and the Latino communities on topics relevant to the prevention of domestic and gender violence, sharing not only expertise but also available resources and connections.
  • Conscientization (or critical consciousness, concept developed by Paulo Freire): we also want to increase the visibility and awareness in order to strengthen the work each agency carries out in the field. In this way, we hope to spark more critical dialogues around domestic and gender violence, and unite our Latino communities on the path of ending violence. 
This October 19th, La Red Latina will host the III Annual Conference against Domestic and Gender Violence at Skyline High School in Oakland. We will offer 2 blocks of at least 7 workshops each, with topics ranging from legal advice to healing though dancing, and child sexual assault prevention.

Participants will also be able to attend a panel with representatives of different areas such as the Media, academia, and community leaders, discussing the topic of domestic and gender violence and ways in which our Latino communities can organize and change the way we think about interpersonal relationships, gender roles, and how to become leaders. Because the conference targets the Latino communities, all the workshops and the panel will be offered in Spanish.
In previous years, we welcomed over 400 people, between participants, agency representatives, and volunteers, and this year we are hoping to create an even more successful event. The conference is free and open to the community. There will be a free breakfast and lunch and educational activities for children all ages.
If you are interested in receiving more information to register as a participant and/or a volunteer, please contact Paola Souto, our Latina Program Manager at paola@womaninc.org, or check out La Red Latina’s Facebook page.

Volunteer Spotlight - Laura Adkins

When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? 
I have been volunteering with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since the spring of 2012.
What inspired you to do anti-violence work? 
My dad was a social worker, which he retired from before beginning work with at-risk youth, which he has since retired from. His empathetic nature and determination to assist the underserved make this type of work natural for me. 
What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here? 
I have had the opportunity to contribute efforts toward improving and maintaining the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center (DVIRC). I have also been fortunate enough to offer peer counseling on the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. crisis line.
How has your involvement impacted your life? 
The idea that my work is impacting someone's life in a positive or constructive way has had a profound affect on me. The plight of survivors has been humbling and heartbreaking but being there to support them has encouraged a lot of personal growth. 
What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? 
Helping survivors can be heavy and challenging. Giving your time without seeking acknowledgement or incentive is not always easy but at the end of the day, I have never met an unhappy volunteer. Is it cheesy to quote someone? Well, Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” I think she nailed it. 

Volunteer Spotlight - Diana Duarte

When did you first get involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I started my 40 hour training in February and completed it in March 2013!
What inspired you to do anti-violence work?
I was looking for any type of volunteer work after I graduated from college and when I came across W.O.M.A.N., Inc. I knew it would be a good fit for me. I have close friends and family who are survivors of domestic violence.
What kind of opportunities have you been involved with here?
I help out on the crisis line and with the Latina Program.
How has your involvement impacted your life?
Volunteering at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has really opened my eyes to how serious of an issue domestic violence truly is. I can say that in the past I was one of those people who said, “ Well why don’t they just leave the relationship?, but the training and volunteering has taught me so much about the severity of domestic violence and that sometimes the survivor can’t just walk away for many reasons. I have also met so many great people here. Even though the work we do can be very difficult the office is a very warm and friendly place that I look forward to coming to every week!
What pieces of wisdom would you share with new volunteers or community members who are interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
Sometimes it’s really hard to hear survivors’ stories and you get discouraged because you feel like you have no way of helping them because of the many roadblocks that come up. It’s important to know that you just being there to listen is sometimes all you can do at that moment and that shows survivors that there are people who care and they are not alone!
 If you have a difficult call or just feel you need to vent don’t be afraid to talk to a staff member or another volunteer! We’ve all had times when the information we hear is intense so it’s completely normal if you’re like “Ahhh that was a lot for me”!

Read Diana's full account of her volunteering experience on the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. blog.
2013 Events

Noches de Pena – Organized by La Red Latina
When: Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 8:30 pm
Where: La Pena
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
Join us on a great bohemian night
and celebration with:
The melodic voice of Juan Cuba,
The talent of Francisco Rosales and other friends!
The fabulous Dr. Carrillo and
His group Squeeze Box Sabroso! … and other surprises!!!
Cooperation: $10 / $15 at the door
All funds will go towards supporting the III Annual Conference against Domestic and Gender Violence
(October 19, 2013) – A free community event. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

La Red Latina 3rd Annual Conference: Against Domestic and Gender Violence
When: Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 8:30 am -5:30 pm
Where: Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA
Details: Breakfast begins at 8:30.This conference is free and open to the public, with workshops and clinics for all ages in Spanish, free lunch, and a panel with community leaders.


Pasta Pomodoro Supports W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

When: Wednesday, October 23 thru Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where: Pasta Pomodoro, Noe Valley & Laurel Village locations, San Francisco, CA

Details: Enjoy an Italian meal with family and friends at Pasta Pomodoro and support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.!
If you go to either the Noe Valley or Laurel Village location on October 23rd - 24th and present this coupon, 20% of the proceeds from your dinner will go to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

Click on the coupon to find it on our blog.



Wish List
The following in-kind gifts (new or gently used) will help W.O.M.A.N., Inc. to support survivors of domestic violence in a holistic and relevant manner:
  • Small rolling luggage case for laptop
  • Digital camera with video
  • 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
  • Room/Cubicle Dividers
  • Laptops
  • People willing to throw a Party With Purpose Party for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. For more details, please contact outreach@womaninc.org or leave a message at (415) 864-4777 ext 317
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Facebook Followers - https://www.facebook.com/WOMANInc
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Twitter Followers - https://twitter.com/WOMANinc
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pinterest Followers - http://pinterest.com/womaninc/

To learn more about contributing to our wish list or making other types of donations, call Jill Zawisza at 415-864-4777, Ext 306.