September 2012


Running Motivation 

I was recently reminded that life is full of unexpected obstacles and I encountered one in pursuing my Running to End Domestic Violence Quest. I sprained my ankle the first weekend in September, it wasn't due to running, but I have been resting it and staying off of it since then. This means that I will be entering into my next race, which is on September 22nd, without any training during the last 3 weeks. Even with this set-back, I am determined to keep running to help survivors of domestic violence. We've reached $3,000 and I am determin ed to keep running (maybe now walking) until I hit my fundraising goal to help survivors of domestic violence. And remember, WOMAN Inc's Board Chair has promised to match the $5,000 I raise --bringing in $10,000 total for survivors of domestic violence! So please support me today in this endeavor.
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Here are a couple of other updates about the campaign.

1) Before I injured my ankle, I particpated in the Joquin Miller Skirt and Dirt 10 K race. It was my first trail run and I loved it! Here is a picture from that day. You can check out more photos on my Running to End DV Facebook page

2) Runway Junkie posted a blog about what motivates me to run. Click this link to go check it out Running Motivation!

3) Running to End DV Sports Basement Event - WOMAN Inc will be hosting an event at Sports Basement to talk about our agency's progress and of course the Running Campaign. More information about the event is below in the events section.

Thank you again for all your support

~ Mariya




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Thank You Blue Shield Foundation for Helping Survivors
The Blue Shield of California Foundation has been a tremendous ally to WOMAN Inc over the years. We learned earlier this month that our agency will continue to benefit from the Blue Shield of California Foundation's Core Support Initiative. 

Since 2002, Blue Shield Against Violence (BSAV) has awarded 10.8 million dollars in core support to more than 100 California domestic violence organizations. BSAV provides flexible, core support funding to domestic violence service providers so that they are empowered
to determine and address the priorities of their organizations. They also help lead change for tomorrow by positioning organizations to respond positively, effectively, and creatively to challenges and new opportunities. 

On behalf of our team, and most importantly, the thousands of survivors we help every year--we want to thank the Blue Shield of California Foundation for their pivotal support. Survivors will breath easier because you have pledged to support them, and taken action to ensure the anti-domestic violence field can thrive! THANK YOU!  

Echando Pa'lante ~ Moving Forward 

The Latina Program at WOMAN Inc offers case management, accompaniments, and comprehensive services to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence. It also houses the group Echando Pa'lante (Moving Forward). Members of Echando Pa'lante have accessed our services - case management, therapy, support groups, crisis line - and as a result, were able to leave their abusive relationships. They stay engaged, however and help us evaluate our programming, provide feedback on program revisions, and continue to receive support from WOMAN Inc. These women receive training to start their own businesses, earn about their rights pertaining to immigration, how to be a domestic violence educator, and perhaps most importantly, are given space to create their own community of survivors who are empowered and whose children are safe. 


To learn more about Echando Pa'lante, please visit our blog at http://womaninc.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/program-highlight-echando-palante/


Staff Highlight: Paola Souto

How long have you been working at WOMAN Inc?
Over a year.

What do you do at WOMAN Inc?
I am the Latina Program Manager. So I do outreach in Spanish, do case management and I organize Echando Pa'lante.

How did you come into this profession?
In City College, I began to be really interested in gender studies. Then, I got into Project SURVIVE. These experiences would go on to guide me into this field.

What do you enjoy most about the Latina Program?
I like that I can have a relationship with my clients. We go together through the entire process and the process itself is very holistic. We do peer counseling, I get to know their lawyers, their kids. I also love Echando Pa'lante. It's not about working through crisis with the clients. It is more of a social event, which is fun! But most of all, I like seeing that survivors can empower themselves and that they're eager to help other suvivors and bring awareness to their friends and community.

What are you looking forward to as the Latina Program progresses?
I like that we are getting more and more volunteers involved. I think volunteers are becoming such a key part of the Program. Through having more volunteer support, we can offer more peer counseling. I'm also looking forward to connecting more organizations and agencies to the Latina Program. It's been really important to connect with agencies and work together. I'm also looking forward to continuing to grow Echando Pa'lante. 

What do you enjoy most about working with WOMAN Inc?
Since my interview, I've noticed their sense of humor. I love that we're always laughing and joking and having fun and that gives you energy for when you have to do difficult work. 

Volunteer Spotlight 

* Amelie Booska
Amelie has been with WOMAN Inc since April 2012. She is one of our most dedicated volunteers helping with the Domestic Violence Information & Referral Center Project (DVIRC). During her time here she has helped create a training video that agencies can use to become familiar with the DVIRC, trained other volunteers, and created a Volunter Guide for other DVIRC volunteers. Thank you Amelie! You are amazing! 

* Alicia Padillapaz 

Alicia is one of our most involved volunteers.And it's no surprise as her mother volunteered with WOMAN Inc years ago! Advocating for survivors of domestic violence comes naturally to this family. Alicia works on our Crisis Line and with our Latina Program to support monolingual Spanish speaking clients. She also recently co-facilitated a presentation on Immigrant Survivors for our 40-hour DV training. What a rockstar! 

* Elena Strasser
Elena started volunteering with us in 2006 (!) as a crisis line advocate. Since then, she has worked with other anti-domestic violence agencies and completed a Masters Degree in Ethnic Studies. Upon returning to WOMAN Inc, Elena has helped to support our 24-hour crisis line--both during our busy daytime hours, and overnight--and provided training on peer counseling techniques, safety planning and referrals to new volunteers. We are so grateful to Elena for her continued support! 

The Clothing Swap
On September 4th, WOMAN Inc held a clothing swap at our office. Those who attended came away with new clothes, bellies full of delicious pizza donated by Beretta, and all remaining items were donated to Community Thrift in WOMAN Inc's name! It was a win win situation all around! 

Do you have clothing laying around? Why not host your own clothing swap? Or, simply donate your clothes to Community Thrift and let them know you want the proceeds from the sale of your items to go to WOMAN Inc. A simple way you can support our agency and clean out your closet at the same time. For more information on Community Thrift, check their website - www.communitythriftsf.org/donate/

September Events

Surviving & Thriving Event

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time: 5:30 - 9pm
Location:111 Minna Art Gallery @ 2nd Street, San Francisco,CA
Details: Join us for the Third Annual Surviving & Thriving event! Created to empower Phenomenal women - and the men that love them - this extrodinary event brings together an array of artists, organizations & individuals commited to changing the landscape surrounding violence against women, thereby creating a community that honors the past and celebrates the future. This unforgettable evening includes music, cocktails, ligh hors d'oevres & a silent auction. All proceeds benefit WOMAN Inc and SFWAR. 

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/190842674379430/
Ticket on Sale:  http://survivingandthriving2012.eventbrite.com/

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. ~ Maya Angelou
October Events
Sports Basement - Running to End DV

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Details: WOMAN Inc & Sports Basement are partnering up to support the Running to End Domestic Violence Campaign. Come and meet the WOMAN Inc Board, Staff, Volunteers, and other Community Supporters. You’ll get to learn about what’s been going on at our agency, the programs we provide, and of course learn about the Running to End Domestic Violence Campaign.
Free Snack and Beverages (sodas, beer, and wine) will be provided. There will be a 10% discount off everything in the store for all guests and 10% of all purchases from the party will be donated to WOMAN Inc.

Party With Purpose

Want to support WOMAN Inc? Why not throw a Party With Purpose Fundraiser! WOMAN Inc has put together a toolkit for volunteers and community members to use to help with planning and throwing a fundraising party at your home, friend or family member's place, workplace, or favorite restaurant or bar. It's a fun and easy way to raise money while having a good time and bringing folks together for an important cause. For more details, please contact outreach@womaninc.org or leave a message at (415) 864-4777 ext 317 

Free Snack and Beverages (sodas, beer, and wine) will be provided. There will be a 10% discount off everything in the store for all guests and 10% of all purchases from the party will be donated to WOMAN Inc.

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:
  • 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
  • Miniature Refrigerator
  • People willing to throw a Party With Purpose Party for WOMAN, Inc
  • WOMAN Inc Facebook Followers - https://www.facebook.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.