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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Domestic Violence, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Job Training, Mental Health

Mission: To provide safety and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development.

Programs: Shelter - provides safe, confidential, short-term housing and support to women and their children in imminent danger of domestic abuse. During 2014, the shelter helped 281 women and children and took 5,897 crisis calls on the hot line.

transitional living - this programs helps women and children transition from an abusive environment to independent living by providing safe, affordable housing and support services. After clients leave the shelter they can spend up to two years in the transitional living program. During 2014, the agency provided services to 65 women and their children.

counseling - provides short-term individual or group counseling to women and children survivors of abuse. During 2014, the agency provided counseling services to 285 women and children.

child abuse prevention - offers parenting classes and short-term family counseling to teach positive ways to deal with stress. Employment - outreach service to enable women to return or enter the workforce. Education - provides a community educator who presents programs to local schools, community groups and others.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard about the Waukesha Women's Center when it was in the planning stages, because one of its founders, Bonnie Martin, was a good friend of mine. Bonnie was a social worker and saw a great need for the Center in Waukesha County.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever need the services of the Waukesha Women's Center. But, after a series of business losses combined with the devastating economic depression I found myself suffering from depression and disturbing memories of childhood abuse.

Several times during my adult life I had struggled with depression, but no therapist had ever found the root causes of the depression. Remembering long buried events is like peeling an onion, and it took a long time to uncover memories of abuse I suffered from infancy through childhood.

My therapist at the Waukesha Women's Center helped me understand what happened to me, and how I was able to bury those memories as a good way of coping. She helped me more than any other therapist; over 25 years I saw 3 therapists. They taught me coping skills to deal with depression, but really didn't find the cause of my angst.

I liked the way the Women's Center is set up so that it is a safe place to visit, and my problems are treated with confidentiality and respect. When my therapist left, the transition to a new therapist was handled easily. I enjoyed attending some of the group events, and appreciated learning techniques of art therapy.

The Center makes a big difference in the lives of the women affected by abuse, and I am very grateful to my old friend Bonnie for its creation and to my new friends at the Women's Center for improving the quality of my life by helping me come to terms with what happened to me as a child.