Mission: The mission of the Women's Center of Jacksonville is to support and empower women by nurturing mind, body, and spirit and by advocating for the dignity and respect of all women.
Programs: Community education: programs and services focused on issues relevant to women and girls. Services include adult literacy services for women including tutoring, small classes, ged preparation; women renewed employment re-entry program for female ex-offenders; breast cancer survivor support, education and advocacy; facilitated after-school girls circle groups; exhibits of women artists; information and referral; personal growth groups, support groups, and education forums on women's issues, and outreach in the community; and lending library.
counseling program: individual and group therapy; couple and family counseling services; and support and personal growth groups. The program is designed with a flexible fee structure to accommodate individuals of varying financial needs. Specialties include counseling for trauma (or post-traumatic stress disorder) and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
the rape recovery team (rrt) offers six core services in duval, baker and nassau counties, including: 24-hour hotline, information and referral, crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment, system coordination and community awareness. In addition, the rrt offers peer-facilitated support groups and long-term advocacy for survivors of sexual assault. Services are offered to male and female survivors and their loved ones ages 12 and older whether they choose to make a law enforcement report or not. Primary prevention programming is offered to elementary, middle and high school youth. Professional training and community education are also provided upon request.
I've been involved with the Women's Center of Jacksonville for over 15 years and have seen it grow from its grass roots beginnings to a mature non-profit offering a variety of coordinated services to women, girls and their families. The Center provides health services that are unique in the community: mental health counseling of a sliding fee scale, services for women dealing with HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer advocacy, support, and education. I have always been impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Center and by the caring staff that is always willing to go that extra mile or two for the clients.
I think it is a great privilege to volunteer with this organization, because the Women's Center of Jacksonville genuinely works to fulfill its mission to support women and to nurture mind, body, and spirit. The support and advocacy this agency provides to sexual assault victims is, sadly, very much needed. Affordable and high quality mental health counseling is even more important than usual in the current economic situation, and so is a program like Expanded Horizons, which helps adult women achieve literacy. When I attended the annual celebration of achievements for the women in this program, their new confidence in their abilities was awe-inspiring.