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June 13, 2012

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June 13, 2012

The Women's Center is dedicated to "self-determination" and expresses that in their service delivery, attitude toward clients, and volunteers.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 12, 2012
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June 12, 2012
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When I started as an intern at the Women’s Center, I was told I was competent and that my supervisor and other staff members believed in me. Initially, I took my supervisor’s encouraging words as just a nice comment said to every intern. I did not realize that she did believe in me, and that I was competent. Over the course of the semester, I learned that I am competent and I now believe in myself. One of the greatest things I learned through my work at the Women's Center is that therapy is not a science, or perfected performance. It is an art and an exploration of our client’s lives and our own. Whether you are an intern, volunteer, donor, or client of the Women's Center, you are part of a special place that empowers you to achieve your best and be your best. I did not know I was not whole until I embarked on this journey with the Women's Center, but I am grateful to know I am leaving whole.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 30, 2011
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May 11, 2010

I am honored to be the Board Chair of The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. TWC provides its services on a sliding scale fee structure, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. I... more

March 30, 2011
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As a nonprofit consultant I work with many organizations, and The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is as good as they come. JLKWC has a strategic vision of where it wants to be and the staff and operational volunteers to see it through to fruition. Its commitment to mission and ongoing review of everything it does to avoid "mission-drift" is noteworthy.

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

Watching everyone who gets involved with the Center become a passionate advocate on its behalf.

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

Help them raise more money so they could hire additional staff which would enable them to do even more!

May 11, 2010

I am honored to be the Board Chair of The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. TWC provides its services on a sliding scale fee structure, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. It is a vital community resource that is not a nonprofit luxury -- it is a community necessity. Along with our professional staff and cadre of volunteers, the Board of Directors is doing everything possible to ensure the long term sustainability of TWC so that it remains part of our community landscape for years to come. Everything we do at TWC is guided by three fundamental principles: increase confidence, increased competence, and increased connections. These principles are my constant motivation in my work with our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. One of the things that makes me most proud of TWC is the efficiency with which TWC raises the funds necessary to keep its doors open for clients. There is no unncessary "overhead" -- there is space where our staff and volunteers serve clients directly and there are minimal staff salaries to deliver the services to clients. When an individual makes a donation or a funder makes a grant to TWC, they can be confident that those funds are used efficiently to make a difference in the lives of clients. I am grateful beyond words for the staff, interns, volunteers and my board colleagues who give so much of themselves in order to make the work of the Center possible.

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

Hearing from clients whose lives were changed by their experiences at TWC.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

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.

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

The personal growth shown by my clients.

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

Grow!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

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.

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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.

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

Give them more money!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

I've worked on financial statement audits of Women's Center for several years, and have always found them to be good stewards of donated funds. They take internal controls seriously, and have implemented our suggestions for improving controls.

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

Discussions with staff and board members.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

The Women'Center of Southeastern Michigan is an awesome agency! First, they serve clients in a caring way that is rarely seen in public agencies these days. Second, they offer our counseling students wonderful opportunities to work with clients, to receive ourstanding supervision, and to experience all levels of how an agency functions. They are remarkable!!

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

My experience with this organization is more indirect and direct. I see the results through my students who serve as interns at the Center. I hear about their clients' growth and I see their growth, both personally and professionally.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

This is an easy place for both women and men to get help, even though the programs are designed specifically to empower women. I first came to The Women's Center because I was feeling stuck. Over the years, I have seen that this is not unusual. Many of us feel stuck for any number of reasons: relationship problems, care-giving challenges, strained finances, overwhelming responsibilities, and limited decision-making power. The results are the same: Emotional paralysis. Anger. Depression. Anxiety. Identifying our strengths is the first step in getting "unstuck." Women's Center volunteers and staff are committed to helping people build on their best qualities, and this encouraging attitude is evident in their relationships with program participants and with each other. Many volunteers are former clients like myself, who know how critical low-cost, accessible support can be.

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

the growth I see in clients, interns, volunteers, and staff. the privilege of working with wise and resilient colleagues. the evidence that women who claim their power can change the world.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

The staff and director of the Women's Center I met are dedicated, talented and persistent in their work to improve the lives of their clients. They have a range of services and expertise to help with anything from obtaining life skills in areas such as job hunting to counseling, to empowerment workshops. It provides a great launchpad for a woman looking to improve her life.

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

Referring clients who have told me great things.

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

The energy, enthusiasm and attention to clients provided by the director and staff.

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

Diverse, talented, and dedicated.

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

Reach out to many more women and provide them with great ways to boost their personal skills, economic earning potential, and confidence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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