You never think that in 12 months, the way you live your life and interact with people can completely change. The Women's Center was more than an internship. It was a home or should I say is a home. I can honestly say that TWC, in addition to my parents, had a hand in raising me into the strong woman I am today.
Being a part of the TWC community is like falling in love with your soul mate. One day you cannot imagine how you moved through life before meeting the other. All you know is that you never want to go back.
May TWC continue to be a home to the staff, interns, and countless community members we have reached. May we all feel TWC's love for many years to come.
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.
I had the privilege to work as an intern for The Women's Center (class of summer 2012). TWC provides a truly unique environment where both clients and interns can feel supported in their goals. It was a great place to work and I learned so much from fellow interns, supervisors, and clients. I am so grateful for TWC and encourage anyone in need of compassionate, competent, and supportive services to give them a call.
I'm a former intern (class of 2011) who returned to the center to help in anyway I could. The Women's Center is a safe place that I needed after leaving a very toxic job. I offer my help in anyway I can and the organization warmly accepts me and my efforts. The Women's Center does so much for so many! We offer counseling to those who are truly struggling. We have job coaching for those who need help with resumes and interview tips in this hard job market. If a woman is struggling with the end of a marriage or long-term partnership, we offer educational groups and a support group. When I had the privilege to offer counseling through The Women's Center, so many of my clients showed their appreciation for the therapy they received. The Women's Center does all it can to truly fulfill it's mission and I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to continue to support this wonderful organization!
I am currently an Intern at TWC from EMU. I was not sure if I was going to do internship over the summer, but the opportunity to interview came up and I decided to go for it. It was THE BEST decision I have made recently.. and I am honored to be a part of TWC. They are not only completely dedicated to the best services available to the community, but also an unbelievable group of women who epitomize strength, knowledge, and dedication to the profession. How fortunate am I to be a part of this organization?
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.