The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

Rating: 4.99 stars   84 reviews

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Location: 510 S. Maple Road Ann Arbor MI 48103 USA

Mission: The Women’s Center promotes self-determination for women and families by providing professional services that build confidence, strengthen connections, and create positive change.
Target demographics: women and families
Geographic areas served: Southeast Michigan
Programs: personal counseling, job coaching, divorce support services, workshops, and resources/referrals.
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EIN 36-4338567
734.973.6779
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the world of mental health care approximately 80%-90% of the publicly available funds go to programs that help approximately 10% of the most severely impacted people. That leaves a very large number of people in need of care and support but who cannot afford private practitioner rates. The Women's Center is one a very few agencies that help to fill that gap.

I came to the center as an intern while working on my MSW and found the Center to be one of the most amazing agencies I'd ever encountered. After finishing me degree I found I did not want to leave the Center, the experience had been so fulfilling and the work they do being so important in the community. I have since returned as a volunteer therapist to continue helping in the great work the Center does.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In completing my internship last year I had to end sessions with all of the clients I had been seeing. Each and every one of them expressed appreciation not only for the work we did but for the Center being able to provide those services, where they would not have otherwise been able to receive the help they were looking for.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Center functions well and effectively as it is. I cannot imagine needing to make changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was an intern with The Women's Center during my MSW program, and I can't imagine a better environment in which to develop myself as a therapist. The Women's Center's mission of empowering women and girls is apparent is all aspects of the organization, and it helped me to develop a therapeutic style that is genuinely centered around my clients' goals. The Center fosters an atmosphere that inspires confidence in everyone that walks through the door--staff, interns, volunteers, and clients alike.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The personal growth shown by my clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow!

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a true honor to be associated with such a meaningful organization that is truly impacting our community. I've seen many people's lives changed through the varied programs offered by The Center. They're really making a difference!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching people achieve their goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find a permanent source of funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

The women's Center is an phenomenal place to be! It is such a great agency that helps thousands of women and men a year. I've been an intern here for 2 semesters and I absolutely love the place. The Women's Center really has a high respect for clients and volunteers and everyone here tries to create a welcoming atmosphere for any one who walks in the door. It's an amazing place for the community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing therapy for clients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have more intern therapist to help with the long waiting list!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I was an intern at The Women's Center 3 years ago it has been my life's mission to make the whole world more like this organization! There is simoply no place I have found that provides such supportive, dignified services in such a genuinely caring and respectful manner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The exceptional training I received there as well as results I have seen for women who receive services at the center.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Center (TWC) of Southeastern Michigan provides services that are otherwise sorely lacking in the community, and in some cases in the surrounding region. The small paid staff, troupe of interns and bevy of volunteers create an atmosphere of acceptance and empowerment that I have experienced no where else.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By taking advantage of the many program offerings, I have become more informed about issues that serve to disempower women, and what steps I can take that will made a difference in my own life, and the lives of those around me!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money! These hard working women and men are going incredible work here!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been an admirer of the Women's Center since it's embryonic days. I had the good fortune to serve two terms on the board, and have recently served as co-chair of an event that celebrated one of our nation's heroines--Jean Ledwith King--and the center's new name. In my years working with and on-behalf of the center, I've worked closely with the executive director Kim Cumming, gotten to know the staff and interns, and have seen first hand the powerful impact the center has made on our community. Drawing from its feminist values, the center is a fount of creativity, good will, brilliant management of limited resources, and unflinching dedication to the women, girls, and families in our community. The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan embodies the values and deep commitment to justice that Jean King's life exemplifies. I am proud of the Center and hold it out to all of us as benchmark for non-profits that truly 'walks its talk' and makes good things happen.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work with the staff as a consultant and board member as well as my awareness of the remarkable number of women and families whose lives have been measurably psychologically and economically enhanced as a consequence of their connection to the center.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd double their budget and double their staff. What they accomplish with their existing resources is remarkable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the front desk volunteer I see many women (and some men) come in for counseling looking glum or apprehensive and leaving with a smile on their faces. Clearly something is working right during their sessions.

The Women's Center also offers financial counseling and my heart goes out to the clients when I hear their needs requiring financial help. The Jobs Workshop also serves many people each week with help regarding resumes and job searches.

I am glad to be able to help such a worthy organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing clients before and after counseling sessions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more interns to shorten the wait for counseling.

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6 people found this review helpful

I came to The Women's Center when I was a mature student in a Master's of Social Work program with an idea for a program the community didn't have, information about the Earned Income Tax Credit and the assistance to help folks access this important tax credit for the working poor. A few years later I was hired and now am a staff member. The program is in it's eighth year, has a stable group of committed volunteers and scores of loyal and new clients every spring. This year we are establishing year round access to income tax preparation assistance. Individuals and families can electronically file current taxes with the support and encouragement of a knowledgeable, committed volunteer. Although it is a little more difficult we assist folks file past year taxes as well. I serve as the volunteer coordinator and we literally could not run our agency without our loyal, responsible, generous, and committed volunteers. I cannot say enough good things about them. I have been a social worker for over 30 years and this is one of the most responsible, concerned, committed agency I have ever worked at. I feel lucky to be employed at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. We help women change their lives everyday and I find great joy and gratification from that fact.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of calls, letters, donations we receive from women who are SO thankful for the assistance they received from TWC as they worked to change their lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy and gratification I feel when I hear or see the women (and men) we have helped!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and generous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

relax a little bit!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering at the Women's Center of SEM a few years ago, and I was a little nervous about working the front desk where calls would come in from sometimes desperate women who needed help; help with living expenses, help with a divorce or abusive spouse, help with taxes, help with a legal problem,help finding a job. You name it,the Women's Center received the calls. But there are so many resources out there, and if the Women's Center staff, volunteers and counselors couldn't actually provide the help needed, we were able to connect callers up with someone who could. It was very rewarding work, and I often left for the day feeling like I had really helped someone in need. I think the staff is fabulous and very caring, and they show every day how much they value volunteers. It's gotta be the best place in town to volunteer!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

preparation of my income taxes and those of my mother

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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