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Hello all! We hope 2015 has been finding you well. As many of you know, Mariya Taher, our Community Liason Manager and DVIRC Coordinator, left W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in November 2014. She moved to Boston to pursue a second Master’s Degree in Creative Writing- a dream of hers. We will greatly miss her here (already do!) and are incredibly thankful for her immeasurable contribution to the advancement of the DVIRC and to our agency as a whole.

With her absence, we have been undergoing a lot of staff transitioning! In January 2015, Maureen Egan moved into the DVIRC Program Manager Position.  Maureen has a long history with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and is excited to bring her diverse skill set and ideas for growth and development to this new role. To fill her old position, we are pleased to have a long-time member of the W.O.M.A.N. Inc. community, Alicia Padillapaz as our new Educational Development Coordinator. Alicia began her work with survivors as a volunteer at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in February 2012. She’s since worked with Riley Center and worked with youth focusing on outreach and education.  Alicia brings years of experience working with survivors and their families, expertise in training and education, and an infectious sense of positivity and enthusiasm.  

We are also excited to have two assistants joining the team! Helping with the DVIRC and Social Media is Shaena Spoor. Shaena began working with the agency in September 2014 as a volunteer.  In her volunteer work, she demonstrated passion for the cause, amazing technical skills, and a wonderful sense of teamwork. Kristina Anderson also came on board as our new Development Assistant.  Since beginning her volunteer work in August 2014, Kristina has made consistent and measurable contributions to the area of development. We were excited to have her come on board to further assist the program.

We look forward to exciting growth and movement as we open into 2015. Here’s to a great year ahead!
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. helps survivors of domestic violence feel empowered through therapy, peer counseling, and the creation of a healthy community. Please make a donation today and join our community of supporters who impact changes in the lives of survivors of all communities.   
W.O.M.A.N. Inc. Presents DV 101 Training to the NFL Super Bowl 50 Planning Committee! 
Prior to the holidays, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was extremely proud to partner with the NFL Super Bowl 50 Planning Committee to provide Domestic Violence Awareness training for their staff.  For the Outreach team, this was the perfect end to a successful year of training for the San Francisco community and we want to personally thank Tyler Kingsley, for contacting us on behalf of the committee and for all of the work he did for our group.The training was held at the Super Bowl 50 headquarters in the Financial District. Employees who attended went through W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s own DV 101 training. Being contacted by the NFL to complete a DV training was a truly mind-blowing experience for the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Outreach Team. Walking into this room of professionals who were sincere in their want to learn and who offered their support to the community we serve has been a highlight for our team and for the organization we serve.  But most importantly, it was a victory for survivors.
Read more about the experience here 

Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. at the Rock n' Roll 1/2 Marathon San Francisco 

For the 2nd year in a row, W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is an official charity of the Transamerica ® Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™ on Sunday, March 29th.

Last year the W.O.M.A.N. Inc. team raised more than $10,000 to support domestic violence survivors. Just imagine how much we can raise if you join us this year!

W.O.M.A.N. Inc. team runners commit to raising $400 to support W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s services. As a runner, your race registration is included. You also get the opportunity to participate in group training and meet other community members who are committed to ending domestic violence.

Can’t make the run? There are many other ways you can help: 

  • Sponsor a runner by donating part or all of $400 to W.O.M.A.N. Inc. here!
  • Recruit more runners and walkers by spreading the word
  • Organize a fundraiser to help the team reach it’s goal of $20,000 raised

 All funds raised will contribute to critical services for survivors of domestic violence. To check out the race course, check out the official race course video.

For more information or to join the team, please contact events@womaninc.org

RSVP on Facebook here
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Announces New ‘Healing Hearts With Art’ Group!

WHAT: Healing Hearts With Art

"Art is wound turned into light" - Georges Braque

START DATE: Wednesday, January 21st. The group will meet every Wednesday until March 25th.

TIME: 6:00-7:30pm

Groups will start on time and facilitators will not be able to answer the door for anyone who is more than 15 minutes late.

LOCATION: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. office, 333 Valencia, Ste 450 (between 14th and 15th)

LANGUAGE: this first round of groups will be in English.

This group uses art projects for expression and as a “healing tool”.  There will be an art project each week along with other activities such as guided meditations, breathing exercises, etc. We utilize workshops created by A Window Between Worlds.


W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Executive Director, Jill Zawisza, Named as Top 20 Thought Leader

2014 has been a year packed with so much growth, recognition, and exciting new opportunities for our agency. To top it off, we learned this week that our Executive Director, Jill Zawisza, was named as one of the Top 20 Thought Leaders in California’s anti-DV field by a group of over 100 of her peers across the state! A Thought Leader is identified as someone who “reflect(s) their high level of engagement and collaboration with others in the field.”  Jill has spent over twenty years working to end domestic violence and in that time, has made the creation of meaningful collaborations and innovative thinking a priority. We are lucky to experience this daily in our work with her here, at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.  Now, we are assured that others throughout the state witness it too.

Go Jill! We are so very proud of you!!

To read more about the Strongfield Project Network Analysis, click here 


Adopt-A-Family 2014, Another Successful Year!

Adopt-A-Family has been running strong for 5+ years and 2014 was no different! With the support of several generous donations from individuals and local businesses, the Adopt-A-Family program was able to raise $1,605 for survivors of domestic violence and their families!

We always encourage our donors to donate gift cards so that survivors can feel empowered by picking out a gift for themselves or for their children.  EPL Nov 13This year we received several gift cards of various forms… from grocery stores, to movie theaters and department stores. These donations were divided up to the participants of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Therapy Program andLatina Program.  A Latina Program participant had this to say about the Adopt-A-Family program: “In my opinion I think the Adopt-A-Family program is marvelous!!  It was a huge help for me and my daughter during the holidays. My daughter received an art kit, along with some gift cards, and she just loved it! I’m very grateful for all the help provided during the holidays. Thank you so much.”

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. would like to thank everyone that donated to the Adopt-A-Family program. Because of your generous donations you were able to bring some holiday joy and many smiles to survivors of domestic violence and their families.  Without your support, the Adopt-A-Family program would not be possible. Thank you!

- Adilia, Latina Program Assistant & Paola, Latina Program Manager


First W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar a Major Success! 
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. printed our first pet calendar for 2015. Made up of submissions from the community, the pet calendar was a labor of love. We appreciate all the people who shared their and their pets' stories; they truly illustrated the bond between pets and their humans.

Beyond that, the calendar offered us an opportunity to connect with you, our community of supporters; we are so thankful for that impact. The 2015 calendar was a bit of test--we weren't sure people would order them, so we printed a conservative 50 copies. They pretty much sold like hot cakes. With the help of long time supporter, Cole's Hardware, who sold some calendars in their store, we sold out rather quickly. All-in-all, we brought in approximately $1,000, which we are very pleased with. The money will go to bolster the Claire Pierce Moreira Pet Fund and other services vital to our participants' lives. 

THANK YOU for ALL your support, whether it be financial, spreading the word about WINC, calling our line or just caring about what we do. We are so much stronger when we all stand together for a peaceful community...and that includes our pets!


These items can help W.O.M.A.N., Inc. support survivors of domestic violence in a holistic and relevant manner:

In addition, W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s administrative office is in need of the following items: Small rolling luggage case for laptop, Digital camera with video, Room/Cubicle Dividers, Laptops, Used cell phones with batteries (no chargers, please!) If you (or your organization) are able to support our work through a donation of any of the above items, please contact Jill Zawisza, Executive Director, at (415) 864-4777 x306.

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Events with W.O.M.A.N., Inc!

February 21: Rock n' Roll Marathon Team Practice Run #1 

February 22: Deadline to Join the Rock n' Roll Marathon W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Team

March 5: Happy Hour Fundraiser at North Star

March 7: Rock n' Roll Marathon Team Practice Run #2

March 29 -
TransAmerica Rock n' Roll 1/2 Marathon San Francisco
  • 415/658 Area Code Overlay
  • Staff Highlight: Alicia Padillapaz
  • Dr. Teeth Happy Hour!
  • W.O.M.A.N. Inc. Community Education Series Presents What Teens MUST Know About Healthy Relationships read more...
  • Thank You for a Tremendous 2014!
  • Blue Shield Against Violence Commits $4.9 million to the Anti-DV field! read more...
  • BayWoof Magazine Featured an Article on the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 2015 Pet Calendar read more...
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. on #blacklivesmatter
  • Saying Goodbye to our Community Liaison Manager - Thank You, Mariya! read more...
  • Is Your Old Phone Ready For Pick-up? 
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Newson
  • Community Building for Spanish Speaking Communities!
  • Echando Palante Survivor Empowerment Group

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