The Women's Center Of Southeastern Michigan

Rating: 4.99 stars   84 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Job Training, Human Services

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 36-4338567
734.973.6779
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Rating: 5 stars  

TWC is a great organization that helps women build confidence and independence through programs offered at the center. TWC provides emotional support through counseling services and educational training through job coaching, tax progams and financial counseling. Please endorse and support TWC's dedication of providing emotional and economic self-determination for women, girls, and families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeast Michigan is one of the finest organization it has been my privilege to work with. Their care and concern for the community of women, children and families of all kinds is unsurpassed. Every action that they take is for the people they serve, and they are a true resource for women in need. I mostly work with Kim Cumming, but I see and feel her leadership and passion reflected throughout the organization in the way each one contributes their time and care for others who need it. We need to be there for each other in times of need. This organization does that.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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As a board member, I experience the extreme dedication of individuals (staff, volunteers, board members, interns, donors) associated with the Women's Center. This dedication results from a tremendous sense of assisting the women and girls we serve in accomplishing important changes in their lives. In addition, individuals also really enjoy their involvement and interaction with the Women's Center's like-minded, compassionate community. As the lead of the board's strategic planning committee, I am proud of our history and our plans for the future.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I recently joined the Women's Center as a member of the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Steering Committee for our May fundraising event. I also just became a Board member. I have a strong background with non-profits in both consulting and board roles, and am very impressed by the Women's Center. The quality of the programs and the people is very high and very professional. The environment is very welcoming and serves our clients' needs well. We also play an important educational role with interns.

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

Observing the students and their satisfaction with their educational experience. First hand knowledge also relates to my experience in roles indicated earlier.

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

Like many non-profits, I would like to see a larger budget to expand the organization's offerings.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I served on the board 2004-2010, as chair for the first three years, and continue as a volunteer, most recently as a co-chair for the Power of One event celebrating Jean Ledwith King. The Women's Center is unique and essential to our community, providing a safety net of comprehensive critical services under one roof and making them affordable. No one is turned away. The Center's work consists not only in providing human services, but more importantly in implementing a vision of social justice in terms of gender and socio-economic class. In spite of the current economy, the Center continues to deliver high quality services because, in part, it draws in professionals who volunteer their skills and time, which have a dollar value of 1.5 times the annual operating budget. In addition to direct programs and services, the Center has created a General Resources document in order to provide accurate responses to callers (3000 annually) needing critical information about food, shelter, medical care, etc. As a result the Center has become the go-to organization for other organizations that need to know how and where to refer their own callers and clients. The Center is unique and essential in our community in addressing the emotional and financial challenges of women who have nowhere else to go.

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

I have had the honor and satisfaction of being a part of a community of women serving other women, with amazing commitment and passion and innumerable hours in being sure clients are well served.

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

I would find more funding in order to continue and expand the Center's work.

 
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I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment has deepened the more that I learned about it and the work it does in our community. TWC helps women and families through affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Its doors are open to individuals who want to change their lives emotionally, professionally, and financially. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs.

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

As a board member and volunteer

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

Help it become better known to more people. It's our community's unsung heroine.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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

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

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!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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

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

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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9 people found this review helpful

A wonderful experience for me being part of this hard working and seriously focused group of people striving to make The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan flourish and grow. This is presently a local group in Ann Arbor helping women find a new direction for their lives from professional staff and many volunteers.

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

my ability to raise funds. To talk to people I know and those I don't about the job the center is doing and how small the overhead is so that their donations and support will go directly to helping the women who need it.

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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9 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment deepened the more that I learned about it and the work it does in our community. TWC helps women and families through affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Its doors are open to individuals who want to change their lives emotionally, professionally, and financially. Although its work is primarily by and for women, we also welcome men and boys. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs. I'm also impressed with its ability to help women in a way that develops life skills inherent to thriving families.

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

my role as a volunteer on its marketing committee and, recently, as a board member.

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

make it easier to collaborate, perhaps using tools like Google Docs. If there was an easier way to share successes and challenges, it would help to keep everyone's eye on the ball.

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

the accountability. When people say they'll do something, they do it. That's a huge change from other non-profits I've worked with in the past. I've also enjoyed the strong connection between board, staff & volunteers.

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

Social workers, volunteers for professional programs (legal and tax help, for instance) and others who provided services to clients. They were universally kind and supportive of TWC's goals.

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

help more women and families in our community. Currently, there are nearly 100 people on the waiting list, but because of budget, TWC can only help so many at once.

Ways to make it better...

we weren't starting from scratch. But, the organization hadn't had a marketing committee before the initial group that I joined was formed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

A tough economy and more community needs than time or budget will allow it to meet.

One thing I'd also say is that...

TWC fills a really important need in the community. No other organization helps with the nuts and bolts of women's well-being -- like affordable counseling & skills like tax & legal services.

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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