Women's Intercultural Center Inc

Rating: 4.73 stars   207 reviews

Issues: Education, Human Services

Location: PO Box 2411 303 Lincoln Street Anthony NM 88021 USA

Mission: To provide a place for women to learn and work together to develop their social, spiritual, economic and political potential.
Results: To date over 3,400 women annually become educated, empowered and engaged. Results of our work have been published in research documents, books, videos and presented a various conferences throughout the country. For more detailed info on our progress visit our website under participants and the about us section.
Target demographics: Women ages 17 years old and up
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,400 women annually
Geographic areas served: Southern New Mexico and West Texas
Programs: alternative education and personal development, economic self-sufficiency, civic engagement, Border Awareness Experience. In essence we provide our participants the tools and resources they need to thrive.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in the Border Awareness Experience at the Women's Intercultural Center. It was truly a life changing experience. I went down to the border not really knowing what to expect. In all honesty, I thought I would only see one side of the immigration-border argument. However, the WIC did a terrific job of showing all aspects. Perhaps the best thing that I got from the trip was learning about the culture. Everyone was so proud of their heritage, and wanted a better future so badly. It was inspiring, and gives me hope that in the future the border area will less troubled by conflict.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Intercultural is such an amazing influential place. There is absolutely no other place like it. I visited the Center for a program that my university offers known as the Border Awareness Experience. This was not my first time coming for a Border Awareness Experience as in the past we did the program with another organization in El Paso, TX. This year we did it with the Women's Intercultural Center. I have to say that I was very happy that we decided to do it with them because it was truly different and more educational. Now what made this program different was a couple of things. 1. I got to see both sides of the issue from both pro-immigrant groups and governmental entities including law-enforcement which was an unbelievable Border Patrol Tour. The other experience we went with did not offer this and I have no idea why. Through this experience you learn you have to understand both sides of the issue before you can advocate for anything. Trust me you want to know both sides because what you are seeing everyday on the news, is most definitely not what is happening down at the Border in Anthony and El Paso. 2. The second reason this experience is amazing is because the Women's Intercultural Center really has it going on. Who knew that an organization that only started from a 2 car garage and a house would now be serving over 3,000 women. All of the staff and participants truly made an impact on my life just by talking to them. I will be honest I was expecting to see victims that were hurt by immigration or the law, but this is not what I saw, what I saw was educated and empowered women who are stronger than some of the women I see everyday back home and we cry over the littlest things. These women have been through a lot but the Center has created a way for them to overcome any problem they face. This brings me to the best lesson I learned from the Executive Director Mary Carter which was that we cannot view another person as a victim. If we view them as victims and treat them as victims they will always be a victim. Instead treat them as an equal and help educate them on the issues so they can empower themselves and light that spark inside of them that helps them overcome anything they face. These were inspiring words and I took them back home and share them with everyone. Finally the ultimate best thing that set apart the experience was their Border Awareness Experience Coordinator Saif. This amazing young man planned our program and made sure our agenda was full of a ton of educational visits and also set aside some leisure time to visit museums or go shopping. He's also very smart, as I remember the first day he told us he would be happy to answer any questions we had on the Border and Immigration and he nailed everyone I threw at him. I threw in a couple of trick questions to stump him, but no he answered every single one correctly. He made our experience worthwhile and one to remember. My school is going to keep bringing students because of this amazing person. If you are going to come down for the program you have to ask for him. Learning from him was truly inspiring and being able to organize all of these exclusive tours and presentations takes a lot of connections. I thank him for giving me opportunity to speak one on one with Border Patrol, to visit the Federal Immigration Court and see that Judges and Attorneys are a lot different than I pictured. and I thank him for giving us one on one time with him to get to know more about the Border since he has grown up here all of his life. This man will change the world because I truly believe he is destined to. I will remember this experience because of the influence of the Center and this man.

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

take my time to read my whole review and you will see how much they changed my life.

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

Nothing but I already told Saif I want to hike the mountain the next time I come and visit.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Through the Spring Break Alternative Programs offered at my University.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I answered this in my review. They changed my outlook on life at the Border and Immigration.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to learn about the Women's Intercultural Center because I came down for their border awareness experience to learn about the border and immigration issues that they face down in the south. I will be honest what I experienced I truly was not expecting. What surprised me the most when I came and was picked up at the airport was our coordinator for the experience was a guy. I figured since it was a women's center it would be a woman greeting us, but I would have it no other way. His name was Saif and he was a very smart individual who I found out redesigned the border awareness experience and I must give him a huge thank you because he did a great job. He designed an experience that shows both sides of the issue. I was able to meet with organizations that advocated for undocumented immigrants and I even met with the Border Patrol which was especially exciting for me. When I heard about our group taking part in a Border Patrol tour I figured we were just going to get a little presentation at their facility. No what we got was one on one time with the agents and a tour of the different areas that the border patrol covers along with a presentation, and a visit to one of their facilities on the border where they control the cameras and speak to the undocumented that have crossed over. This is an experience that should not be missed out on because I was able to ask questions to the agents that were with us and they answered all of them. I have been trying so long to get my questions answered by Border Patrol and never could, but here with this visit to the Women's Intercultural Center and taking part of their program I was able to speak with the Border Patrol. Every individual that has doubts about them needs to take this experience. They truly opened my eyes and I still remember one of the agents telling me, "Look I know a lot of you probably don't like my job, but if you want a piece of advice and want to change the way we handle things on the border, then change the law and I promise you we will follow it." I was amazed he told us to advocate for others if we truly wanted to make a change. This experience was truly amazing and the organizations that advocate for immigrants truly inspired me to work harder and advocate myself. They taught me how to make a difference as well and now I am more knowledgeable on the issues. If you want to learn about border and immigration issues this is the program you need to choose. They will open your eyes and you will leave with an abundance of information. Also what will also make a difference in your experience is see if Saif can join you because he has a lot of amazing information to provide the group and he is very inspirational. I truly have never met an individual like him and he is one of a kind. The experience he created in top notch.

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

Just read what I have posted above.

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

None.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Found the information about their Border Awareness Experience online.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This organization has taught me the importance of advocating for others and to change the law if we do not like it because it is the best way. It has taught me that what happens down in the south does not just affect them but it affects the rest of the country as well. I also learned everything I am seeing on the news is not as true, especially because I saw the truth for myself coming down to the border. El Paso is not a war torn unsafe city. It is beautiful, full of culture, and when I came down it was the safest city in the country. I am not sure if it still is but I would not doubt it. I thank the Center and Saif for providing this program which has changed my life. I plan on visiting in the future and doing some volunteer work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came here with my college through the Border Awareness Experience Program and I must say my life was changed forever. I never knew how the Border and Immigration Issues could affect our entire nation. I didn't know everything that these people go through working so close to the border. Everything that happens across the border affects their city. We got to learn from different organizations and learned how they viewed the border and immigration issues. Best part is we were also given a tour by the U.S. Border Patrol and were able to talk with them one on one. I mean how many people can say they've done that. They took us all around the border and showed us their operations it was amazing just being able to ask them any questions we felt we wanted an answer to. There wasn't one question they wouldn't answer and they were very open with us as well. I loved the experience and our coordinator Saif was amazing he was very knowledgeable in immigration issues and he had grown up on the border all of his life. Just hearing his experiences and what he believes could help the issue was amazing. Learning from him was an incredible part of the experience as not only was he very open and honest, but he was funny and was always willing to make this our experience the way we wanted. Thank you to the Center and Saif for being so amazing.

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

I took on their Border Awareness Experience and it turned out to be more than I bargained for. It was amazing everything I pictured they shattered my mind and showed me something different. I got to see both sides of the story. I got to hear the Border Patrol/Law Enforcement side of the issue, and I got to hear from Immigration Advocates and hear their opinions about the Border. This experience is unbiased and I love them for that. Not only that but the staff is incredible they made me feel at home.

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

None the staff was amazing and our coordinator was a truly unique individual that made our trip worthwhile.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through my college.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To always hear both sides of an issue because you can never properly make up your mind until you heard both sides.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came down to learn about the border and immigration issues through the Border Awareness Experience offered by the center. Hands down it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I have to highlight the best parts were the professionalism and how much the center does to meet the needs of the community, the experience was perfectly designed to show two sides of the issue anti and pro immigrant. It was amazing learning about the law enforcement and governmental hardships that are faced when dealing with the border and immigration. I saw a face of Border Patrol and the Justice System that does not appear on the news at all. Everyone should take an experience just like this so they can learn more about what happens on the border because it affects us on a national level. My final comment deals with what was the best part of the experience and that was dealing with the Border Awareness Experience Director Saif. I have never met any individual like this as he was very knowledgeable on the issues affecting the border and immigration. He went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with the experience and added anything we needed. His values were exceptional and if you come down to take part in the program ask for him and you will never regret it. Saif is an inspiration and I hope to one day meet him again when he runs for politics. Good luck to the future of the Center.

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

hands down the Center is the place to be to learn about Border & Immigration Issues. I was able to see all of the Hispano culture that is in Anthony and El Paso. It is this culture that can truly make an impact on the rest of the country. Learning from such an experienced individual like Saif who designed the experience, I learned that it is important to know both sides of the issue. I learned how to change the law if I see that it is wrong or unfair. A huge thanks to WinC and Saif.

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

None but don't let Saif leave.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Through my university.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has encouraged me to learn about both sides of an issue before making a case or decision. It has also taught me that in order to advocate for those in need you need to change the laws. Meeting with all of the organizations I know now what I want to do in the future when I become an Immigration Attorney and later run for politics.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's the first time that I belong to a women's organization. Everyone is so amiable.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kirstin taught me how to lay tile and make designs as well as do construction work. Coming to this Center was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was given great opportunities which led me to attain a job. I did enjoy my time here and learning from Kirstin...she was a great person! I'm thankful for having the opportunity to return as a volunteer and am looking forward to learning new things.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

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Rating: 4 stars  

Here for training - Very nice place - Great food! It got better and better. They went out of their way to help in any way. Thanks!

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

I watched people from the community coming and going all day. Wish I could live in this area to use their services. I really enjoyed their friendliness and helpfulness. The staff and volunteers were great! I know you could have so many activities if only they had more funding.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

Was here for the TMC conference. They're the best! Very nice and pleasant people.

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

The positive impact on the community and the abiliy to help and support.

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

Do the exact same thing they are doing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was here for a 3 day training. The staff is friendly and the food was good.

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

Very friendly.

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

I'd get more comfortable chairs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

People are great hostess, always with a smile ready to help in all the ways. Food was Excellent

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

Saw first hand the positive impact they have on the community. Plus the great service they provide. The staff is great!

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

I would let more people know about this Center and get more corporations to donate to them.

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