More Women's Organizations
The Academy of Hope, founded in 1985, provides adult-education programs, General Educational Development (GED) classes, and computer and job-skill training to help adults improve their reading, writing, and math skills and gain valuable computer and technology skills that will allow them to compete in today's job market. At the core of the program is the Adult Basic Education course, sometimes referred to as a "pre-GED" course, which helps bring all clients to the 10th-grade reading, writing, and math level. The GED program helps students prepare for and pass the GED exam by offering classes in math, science, writing, social studies, and literature. The Academy's External Diploma Program allows adults to receive credit for significant life experiences and to study one-on-one with tutors to demonstrate 65 areas of competency as an alternative to the GED exam. Academy of Hope also has developed computer classes that introduce basic computer technology as well as teach computer applications and Internet skills. The Workplace Literacy Project provides adult basic education for adult learners in reading, writing, math, oral communication, reasoning, problem solving, and literacy skills at the workplace. Other services include one-on-one tutoring, workshops, social activities, and referrals to community resources.
Ayuda was established in 1973 as a community-based legal and social service organization to assist the low-income Latino and immigrant community in Washington, D.C. Today, Ayuda is the District of Columbia's primary resource for bilingual legal assistance in the areas of immigration, domestic violence and women's rights and is the only bilingual legal and social services agency of its kind in the Washington area. Ayuda offers direct legal consultations through its "attorney-on-duty" program that provides walk-in legal services for clients in need of family visa petitions, work authorizations, citizenship, naturalization, suspension of deportation, temporary protected status, cancellation of removal, U-visa, and battered spouse waivers/gender-based asylum. In 1986, Ayuda formed Clínica Legal Latina (Clínica), a walk-in domestic-violence clinic that serves as a culturally sensitive domestic-violence assistance program offering bilingual legal and social-services programs to battered women and their children. Clínica lawyers help immigrant women who have battled domestic violence obtain temporary and civil protection orders, assist in the extension and enforcement of the orders, and provide separation and divorce representation and orders. Clients also can receive legal support in obtaining child custody and visitation rights as well as spousal and child support.
Founded in 1983, Calvary Women's Services provides short-term housing and 24-hour supportive services to help women obtain good mental and physical health, stable housing, consistent employment, and recovery from substance abuse. Calvary seeks to provide homeless women with a safe place to live as well as basic services to educate and empower women to take control of their lives. A majority of Calvary's clients are survivors of domestic violence, abuse and trauma, and receive case management, counseling, and trauma recovery services. Calvary offers safe housing, nutritious meals, and a safe and nurturing environment. Clients can participate in life skill classes, development programs, GED education courses, and job training courses to strengthen their skills and self-esteem. Substance-abuse services and support meetings help women successfully achieve recovery from addictions. The STRIDE Program, Search Together To Resume Dignified Employment, serves as a job readiness program that trains and supervises women while they are employed at Calvary. The center promotes a very familial environment where women can participate in daily activities and groups and engage in entertainment, community meetings, art and music classes, and other educational programs. Trained professional staff provide on-site case management and supportive counseling and psychotherapy, as well as referrals for medical care, legal services, and other needs.
The District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) was established in 1986 to unify local efforts against domestic violence in the Washington, D.C., area. Today, the DCCADV serves as a community resource agency providing education and training, victim advocacy and research, and acts as a local and national resource on domestic violence. The agency maintains numerous community partnerships to support women's rights and spread awareness of domestic-violence issues. The coalition's Victim Advocacy Program (VAP) helps domestic-violence survivors by providing legal and judicial support services. Through a partnership with the U.S. Attorney's office, the DCCADV has established the Targeted Offender Program, which provides services to high-risk victims who are in need of immediate protection to insure their safety and survival. The Supporting Our Survivors Center (SOS) is a joint project between the DCCADV and My Sister's Place, which provides emergency financial support, extensive education programs, referrals, crisis and family counseling, case management services, mental health services and support groups. Finally, the Coalition-Building Project (CBP) builds networks and alliances between community members and agencies to identify gaps in available services, create greater public awareness, and strengthen advocacy efforts against domestic violence.
Founded in 1972, the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) is one of the oldest and most established rape crisis centers in the United States. The DCRCC is committed to empowering women by offering services for rape survivors, their families and friends. The crisis center offers a 24-hour hotline where clients can receive counseling and supportive services anonymously. The organization also provides group and individual counseling programs, advocacy and legal guidance, and companionship to hospitals and court hearings. The center's resources also are dedicated to education programs in the D.C. metro area, aimed at increasing the awareness of sexual assault. The DCRCC publishes extensive literature to promote awareness about rape and other sexual assault and distributes pamphlets, brochures and other materials geared towards adults as well as children. Programs include community workshops, self-defense classes, and public-school education programs. Finally, the center provides training for professionals as well as volunteers who work with survivors of sexual violence.
Fairfax County Women's Shelter
The Fairfax County Women's Shelter is a short-term resident shelter facility for women and their children who have been displaced from their homes by domestic violence. The shelter provides confidential housing for up to 21 days, providing referrals and connections to psychological and health services to help women re-establish their lives. FCWS provides individual and group counseling, family supportive services, as well as legal and court assistance services. FCWS has an extensive network of partnership agencies that can link women to transitional housing, job training, employment placement, and other social services. The shelter also initiates programs that raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse among the public and engage community members in support of the program. The program serves several hundred women a year and is deeply committed to raising awareness and breaking the chain of abuse.
The Healthy Babies Project (HBP) was started in 1990 to provide health education, case management, and outreach services for at-risk mothers and infants. The center's mission seeks to reduce the high rates of infant death, illness and low birth weights, and improve health outcomes for high-risk mothers and children. The Healthy Babies Project provides comprehensive prenatal, health care, and social services in partnership with the Nation's Capitol Child & Family Development and DC Birth Center. The project seeks to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by providing education, awareness and protection for women. The center's services include individual risk assessment and case management, and home visitations. HBP also offers immunizations for infants, children and adults to insure the overall health of low-income and uninsured clients. Fatherhood support groups, teen-parent support groups, monthly book club, and confidential family counseling also provide a diverse group of services for parents and families. HBP also provides women with pregnancy testing and family-planning counseling to educate and allow women to have improved reproductive health. Parenting classes, prenatal yoga, childbirth education, and health education courses also help parents-to-be prepare for the birth of their child. Through an extensive referral program, HBP offers clients additional support such as emergency services, job training, GED and other education programs, child development services, computer training, and on-site prenatal care.
House of Ruth has been serving homeless women of the greater D.C. area since 1976, offering housing and supportive services for women, children, and families who have been victims of abuse. With nine residential locations, the House of Ruth provides families with the independent living skills and counseling to build stability for women and their children. Forty-five families, with about 150 children, reside at five House of Ruth residences: FamilySpace, Freedom Place, Herspace, Reunified Families and Three Sisters. Supportive programs and services include early-childhood-development day care, outreach and counseling to combat domestic violence, and highly structured group activities that help foster a sense of community among the client families. Mothers receive extensive recovery support, parenting and child-rearing courses, and gain skills that they need to rebuild their lives. House of Ruth also empowers women through education and skill building that promotes self-sufficiency through obtaining employment and benefits. The organization also works with women to promote self-sufficiency through the Madison Emergency Program and The Empowerment Center offering transitional-living programs and advocacy services.
N Street Village is an interfaith organization founded in 1973 that serves immediate and long-term needs of low-income and homeless women and families. The N Street Village provides a day center, night shelter, wellness center, and addiction recovery programs for homeless women. Community-living programs are also available for homeless women battling mental illness and related issues. Family services are available to all women with children and include accessibility to affordable rental housing and childcare programs. Housing and family services are provided for formerly homeless women and low-income working families. The Bethany Center, N Street Village's women's day program, serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks and provides essentials such as toiletries, showers, laundry facilities, and access to telephone and mail services. Job training, shelter, medical, and mental health referrals are all available for women who need additional resources. The organization also runs Luther Place Night Shelter that offers a no-cost shelter for up to 30 women and provides dinner and rehabilitative services. The Harriet Tubman House and Sarah House are the addiction recovery and treatment programs for N Street Village clients. Finally, the wellness center provides the women of N Street Village "healing for mind, body, and spirit" supporting the emotional and spiritual health of the clients. These services include nursing consultations, dental services, eye exams, acupuncture, massage, exercise, health education, screenings, workshops and presentations.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence was established in 1978 and is the only national organization of grassroots shelters and service organizations for battered women and domestic-violence survivors. The NCADV organizes networks of community organizations to build coalitions at the local, state, and national levels to stop violence against women. NCADV has developed education and advocacy programs to combat sexism, racism, homophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression. NCADV develops and implements public-policy initiatives including protecting the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, Welfare Reform, Child Custody, the Battered Women's Economic Security Act, the Hate Crimes Act and the Violence Against Women Act of 1999. The coalition also supports community-based organizations such as safe houses and shelters that help battered women and their children, and also works to foster policy development and legislation to promote the needs of urban and rural communities. The NCADV builds national partnerships to develop and capitalize upon campaigns to raise awareness and funds for the fight against domestic violence. The organization also annually develops and organizes educational and promotional materials for Domestic Violence Awareness Month held in October that is distributed to domestic violence shelters, service programs, state domestic violence coalitions, local and state government, and local and national civic organizations.
With nine locations across the Northern Virginia area, the Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) was founded in 1924 and today offers comprehensive services in counseling, community outreach, and social work. The NVFS seeks to empower families in need and help build a healthier community through stronger families. Through housing, health care, food and clothing assistance services to families in need, NVFS serves as one of the most comprehensive family support agencies in Northern Virginia. The agency offers early-childhood-development courses and care, as well as parenting and relationship-building seminars. NVFS has extensive foster-care placement, providing support and training to foster-care families, children and biological families throughout the process. The teen-services program, known as the Resource Advisory Program, is a school-based mentoring and support program that seeks to support the development of at-risk teenagers. Participants can receive academic monitoring, mentoring, and home visits that help support active goal-setting, anger management, decision-making and strong study skills. NVFS has extensive community partnerships through the Medical Care for Children Partnership and the Partnership for Healthy Kids/Healthlink programs that provide health-care referrals and care for the uninsured and low-income families. The family counseling program also provides life and family counseling for those in need of support or battling mental health issues. NVFS also strives to help families establish economic independence through financial support services and economic management training, job training and employment placement assistance.
Mary's Center was founded in 1988 as a joint venture funded by the D.C. Commission of Public Health and Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs. The center serves a diverse and wide population offering health care, education, and social services to families across the D.C. metro area. Mary's Center offers 24-hour care for women and families, women's health care and prenatal care, parenting/child-rearing classes and family-planning services. HIV testing and counseling, home visitation, dental and vision exams, and health education and outreach programs work to insure that at-risk populations have the information and care they need to insure their physical and mental well-being. Other crucial services include the Women Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program and assistance with enrollment in public health insurance programs. Mary's Center also offers extensive family literacy, education, job readiness programs, and other social services. The Teen Program serves uninsured, low-income teenagers ages 13 to 21, and the majority of the clients are recent immigrants from Central and South America. Services for the teens include pregnancy prevention and family-planning services, drug counseling, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-prevention programs, HIV/STD testing and awareness campaigns, educational programs and academic support, advocacy and legal services, and general counseling services.
My Sister's Place
My Sister's Place is a confidential shelter (safe house) for battered women and their children located in Washington, D.C. My Sister's Place, founded in 1978 by the Women's Legal Defense Fund, aims to combat domestic violence by providing a confidential shelter, as well as programs, education, and advocacy for women and their children. MSP's central goal is to empower women to become independent and gain control over their own lives. The comprehensive services that the shelter offers also include transitional housing and shelter, with both private and communal living spaces in a safe and secure environment. My Sister's Place also has an extensive children's program offering educational and recreational activities as well as partners with other community agencies to enrich the lives of children at the shelter. Another important component of the shelter is the Support Our Survivors (SOS) Center that offers professional mental health, counseling, and ongoing support services to women and children who have faced abuse.
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW) provides, promotes, and protects the reproductive health of women across the D.C. metro area. The PPMW aims to provide affordable reproductive health-care services, education programs that empower people to make responsible choices and protect the right to make these choices. PPMW provides extensive reproductive health services, teen pregnancy-prevention programs, family planning, breast and cervical cancer screening, mammograms, sexually transmitted disease testing, treatment, and prevention programs. The agency also provides HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, colposcopy, and other women's and men's health programs. The PPMW provides affordable birth control options and annual exams to insure the overall sexual health of women and men. The majority of PPMW's clients qualify for subsidized health-care services, and the costs of health care are covered by the government or private donors. Ninety percent of PPMW's services are preventative sexuality education and family-planning programs for at-risk populations. Planned Parenthood plays an active role in advocacy and public education programs that help educate and protect women's rights and reproductive health.
Established in 1979, Rachael's Women's Center (RWC) provides homeless women and formerly homeless clients with shelter, food, and showering facilities in a homelike environment to assist women in developing their independence. RWC provides extensive case-management services and supportive programs that allow women to manage their own lives and become self-sufficient. In addition to meals and shelter, Rachael's offers mental-health treatment programs and substance-abuse recovery support for those clients battling addictions. The center promotes educational empowerment through education and job-training programs that help prepare women to obtain long-term employment. Permanent supported housing is also provided to insure that women are able to successfully integrate into society. Rachael's also has an extensive street outreach program that reaches out to individuals living on the streets, to encourage them to access services and benefits that are available. The center is a welcoming and nurturing environment where all women are given the opportunity to take control of their personal lives, become a member of a supportive community, and work towards self-sufficiency and personal well-being.
Second Chance Employment Services is a network of human-resource professionals which seeks to obtain long-term meaningful employment for at-risk women. The organization provides employment-placement services for survivors of domestic violence, welfare beneficiaries, the abused, elderly and other financially at-risk women. Second Chance has an extensive network of client and job partners that help women access services they need to obtain employment, confidence, and independence. Second Chance assists clients with all components of interview screening, validation, and preparation to insure that the women are placed in appropriate positions that match their skills and capabilities. The organization also offers assistance in processing interview applications and completing all necessary employment paperwork, as well as providing individualized professional support throughout the interview process. Second Chance staff locate open positions and refer candidates to job partners and help women obtain, schedule, and prepare for interviews. Employment tracking and follow-up services are also offered for up to two years after job placement to insure that clients have obtained meaningful and ongoing employment. Second Chance staff and volunteers also are actively involved in domestic-violence advocacy and awareness campaigns.
Shared Hope is a mentoring partnership network that brings together established mentor partners and local partners to serve the needs of clients across the United States. Shared Hope is a collective network of faith-based and community groups organized to solve the problems of addictions and homelessness. Mentor organizations develop successful models and transfer these successes to local partners by sharing experience, expertise and information that will help the developing organizations establish a similar successful program in their community. In the Washington, D.C., area, organizations like Samaritan Inns serve as the parent mentor that has established local organizations such as the Bethany House and Martha's Place, which are transitional housing programs for formerly homeless families recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.
Suited For Change is a local community organization founded in 1992 that provides professional clothing and career assistance for women seeking employment in the local Washington, D.C., area. The organization provides professional attire as well as career training to low-income women who are looking to obtain employment. These services are offered free of charge, and the program works with local partner agencies that provide client referrals. As a founding member of The Women's Alliance, Suited For Change is a leader in the community, seeking to expand and broaden the number of organizations that provide career clothing and professional development services to women seeking independence. Suited For Change works with over 100 community agencies to provide wardrobe consultations and up to five outfits and accessories for interviewing and job placement. The organization also offers career and professional- development workshops that focus on resume writing, interviewing techniques, workplace etiquette, health and financial management.
The Women's Bureau of the United State's Department of Labor (WB) was established in 1920 by Congress. The Bureau promotes employment opportunities for women and supports the enhancement of their skills and improvement of working conditions. The WB seeks to empower women to obtain more meaningful and satisfying employment and establish a healthy work-life balance. Known as a champion for working women, the Women's Bureau has identified priorities of wider job opportunities, better pay, improved working conditions, and stronger skills-training programs for women. The main charge of the Bureau today is to work with employers and community partners to improve the overall state of affairs for working women. Through promoting professional mentoring programs and supporting the advancement of women in non-traditional careers such as science, engineering, and technology, the WB expands opportunities and recognizes the accomplishments of American women. The Bureau seeks to develop policies to insure increased workplace flexibility and programs that help women obtain a healthy work-life balance. The agency will continue to promote and advocate for the idea that "women's work makes the world work."
WEAVE aims to promote the empowerment and independence of domestic- violence survivors by providing emergency and long-term legal and case management services to women and their children. WEAVE provides comprehensive legal services, representing clients in protection orders, divorce, child custody and support hearings, immigration paperwork, and other domestic-violence-related legal issues. The Client Services Program is also available to help clients organize their finances and overcome economic dependency. In addition to financial support services, social workers help clients secure child care, health insurance, housing, and employment. WEAVE also offers on-site counseling to help women and children deal with the psychological impact and trauma of domestic violence and abuse, assisting clients in re-establishing their sense of self and mental well-being. The organization also supports the Women's Economic Development Fund Project, which aims to bring victims of domestic violence back into the financial mainstream and to help establish sound economic futures. WEAVE also is piloting a new Teen Dating Violence Project that offers direct services to teens who are in violent relationships, to promote education about the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and to increase awareness of available resources for those facing dating violence.
The Women's Center was founded in 1974 to provide counseling, education, and information resources to women and their families. The organization seeks to provide "Healthy Solutions To Life's Challenges," through psychological, financial, legal, and career services. With a staff of over 85 counselors and therapists, the Women's Center offers professional mental-health counseling and supportive services to a diverse clientele. The center provides extensive career services including job-search assistance, interview preparation, resume writing, skill building, and job placement support. Financial counselors are also available to meet with women who are seeking to obtain economic stability and independence. Another central component of the Women's Center is the extensive resource center that is available to clients, providing guides and literature on finances, employment, domestic violence, community resources, and legal assistance. The women's center also offers educational seminars that touch upon a wide variety of topics including career professional development, financial education, separation and divorce issues, parenting, and personal growth.
The Women's Resource Center (WRC) was founded in 1990 as a collective effort of several local Virginia women's organizations that wanted to coordinate and organize services to aid women in the area. Today the WRC provides referral and support services that direct women towards appropriate resources, programs, services, and community agencies. The Resource Center serves as a meeting place to hold programs and educate and distribute information to the community on women's issues. Educational programs focus on the professional, personal, legal and financial development of clients. The WRC supports an Information and Referral HELPLine that offers resources and referrals to community services and agencies. The center also runs divorce and separation support groups, business seminars, and workforce and life transition workshops.
In 1964, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) began as a local Washington, D.C., effort to help women become trained for better paid work and obtain more meaningful employment. With a mission of helping women "learn to earn," WOW's programs focus on literacy, technical and nontraditional skills, welfare-to-work transition services, job readiness, and career-development training. WOW has developed into a national employment organization that has become widely recognized for its skill training programs, technical assistance programs, and advocacy for women. Local D.C. programs work to link community leaders, job-training providers, and women seeking jobs through the D.C. Jobs Council. Other programs work to bring employers, unions, and training programs in the information technology and telecommunications industries together with qualified low-income women who are seeking long-term employment. WOW also works locally to increase job opportunities in nontraditional occupations while assessing the economic impact of September 11 on low-income residents and welfare recipients. WOW works to build community coalitions that help overcome the barriers of employment by providing job training and assistance programs.
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