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The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Services, Job Training, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

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.

Results: Thanks to community and volunteer support, we helped: o 948 individuals connect with a counselor, job coach, financial adviser, or divorce specialist. o 192 lower-income clients with 2,300 sessions of personal counseling, problem-solving and advocacy at fees they could afford. o 540 callers with 852 community resources that they qualified for – such as dental services, housing, legal aid, primary care – in addition to our own. o an estimated 467 children, who benefited from the improved emotional and financial health of their mothers. Workers spent 104 hours in-person or on the phone in crisis counseling, suicide prevention, safety planning, and resource navigation.

Target demographics: Women, transgender folks, men, and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Daughters, mothers, sisters, friends who experienced inequity related to gender, race, disability, income, and/or immigrant status.

Geographic areas served: Seven counties in the Southeastern Michigan area

Programs: Low-cost personal counseling, job and financial coaching, divorce support services, and help with community resources

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful agency that provides clients a safe/welcoming space to explore concerns! The Women's Center is a valuable asset to the community and helps individuals who would otherwise be unable to seek services due to financial barriers receive quality mental health/supportive services from compassionate professionals/interns!

Arielle5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning at the Women's Center while completing my Masters degree in Social Work. I had no previous experience doing therapy, and felt beyond terrified going into this new field. I felt immediately comfortable and welcome at The Women's Center and received a lot of support and encouragement from the supervisors and staff who work there. The Women's Center fills a huge gap in mental health services for those who cannot afford to pay for services out of pocket or don't have adequate health insurance. I loved interning there because The Women's Center values helping those on the margins of society who often need our help the most. I truly believe they carry out their mission with dignity, providing consistent respect and support to their clients, staff, and interns.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who seeks to find a community within the workplace, The Women's Center has been a wonderful fit. Not only do I play a role as a therapist but I am fulfilled by my colleagues and the amazing women who walk through our doors. This agency has proven to be committed to serving the most vulnerable with open arms, no questions asked. It is an empowering experience to be surrounded by people who are supportive and determined to overcome any challenges. The Women's Center is more than a workplace, it is a family.

Kimmy A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't have been more blessed to have stumbled upon this agency. i was going through a rough time with my girlfriend and she suggested that I seek help. I have always wanted to as an adult, but felt apprehensive because of finances, judgement, etc. I met my counselor, who is currently seeking her MSW, and I thought... oh no... is this going to be okay.... because I actually already have my MSW. I was so completely elited after my first visit. I have never felt so supported, empowered, and understood. As a co-worker and I say, I've even had many lightbulb moments. I know that they say therapy isn't forever but I literally worry about what's to happen when she leaves because I have grown so much as a woman, a worker, etc. She always greets me warmly, offers tea or snacks that are available, and assures to meet my needs I want to work through each visit. So thank you for your affordable, awesome, and non-judgemental environment.

I also have to say that the front desk staff is also so kind. So thank you! Thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have this organization in our community. No other place will serve women regardless of their ability to pay and no other organization will continue seeing clients until the client decides she's done. That said, our community has to support the work financially and/or with volunteer hours.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is one of the rarest sanctuaries you would think of finding. It was genuinely founded on the most authentic principles of creating a safe space for women in need of therapy, job coaching, as well as other resources. I have had the privilege of volunteering and interning here. I have found in the Women's Center a model of what a non-profit should feel and function like to those who come there for resources in the greatest time of need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is an amazing resource for the community. Staff and volunteers are committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment for women. Through the use of a sliding scale fee, TWC ensures that affordable care is available for everyone. This is a safe and supportive center that offers hope to women through: one on one personal counseling, divorce support group, job coaching and financial counseling. There is no place like the Women's Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women’s Center of SEMI, has been an incredible resource and blessing. Several years ago, I was facing many heavy challenges from being unexpectedly laid off, going through a divorce, lost my home, and my cash assets were quickly depleting, amongst many other trials. I do not have any family nearby and did not want to burden my friends. I felt like I was completely on my own, until I found out about The Women’s Center. The Women’s Center had wonderful therapists who provided a great listening ear, and guidance. I always looked forward to my counseling sessions as it was refreshing to be able to talk to someone unbiased, caring, and have a non-judgmental ear to lean on. Being that I was unemployed, they worked within my budget to determine an amount I could afford to obtain the counseling I needed. I had to use most of my funds to pay rent and couldn’t afford food on a regular basis either. The Women’s Center had a pantry at the time where I was able to gather canned goods. Now, that I am in a much better place, I’m excited for the opportunities to pay it forward to The Women’s Center and others in need. William Shakespeare said, "A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow." They were not only a resource, but a much needed friend and incredible support system. I consider The Women’s Center of SEMI, my friends for life.

1 Andrea176

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with the women's center was as a client in 2013, coming here for the divorce education class. I don't know of any other place where women can get such incredible resources surrounding divorce and other big life changes. I began volunteering here in 2016 as a way to both give back and to gain experience as I prepared to apply for social work graduate school. I'm happy to report that I've been accepted to an MSW program and will be starting in the fall! The women's center is a soothing, comforting, empowering environment. I love being here. I feel safe and supported whenever I walk in the door. There is a rotating collection of art by local artists on the walls, the staff and interns are trained to support people through grief and trauma, there is an atmosphere of trust and respect for each client, and always a pot of hot coffee to drink out of real mugs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with The Women's Center for over a year as an intern and volunteer. The space is beautiful and inviting, the staff and interns are committed to creating respectful partnerships with clients, and the programs are specifically designed for the needs of women in our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the moment you walk in, The Women's Center has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. There is always a volunteer at the front desk to greet you, there are fresh flowers everywhere, free toiletries and coats for those in need, and a kitchen with snacks for everyone! The Center provides therapy and other services to people who may not be able to find it anywhere else. This is a place that puts profits over people and truly cares about the people they are serving. As an intern, I feel very supported by staff and supervisors. With each new client, I see the change that The Women's Center is creating in the community. It is an honor to work here and I know I will stay connected even after I leave.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at The Women's Center of SEMI in 2013, and have gradually become more involved. I love that The Women's Center of SEMI is the sole provider within a 60-mile radius of women-only groups and education for divorce or break-up of long-term relationships. The Women's Center of SEMI provides affordable and accessible services for women, girls, families, and some men. I'm grateful for this much-needed resource in our community!

1 halward

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Women's Center serves a unique role in the community, providing vital services on a sliding scale fee. Our dedicated volunteers, staff, interns and donors are committed to opening the doors of possibility and changing lives. The atmosphere is welcoming, comfortable and inclusive - a safe place to build hope.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I had a great experience here with an Intern therapist, Amanda, (Mar.-Jul2015), but she graduated so I had to transition to another therapist. I was put on a waiting list for another therapist in mid-July before Amanda left. However, I never got a call so I followed-up in mid-August and was told that they could not find my application at all. I was told that I would have to reapply and be put on the approx. 30 day waiting list. I reported how unprofessional this was and after finally reaching a supervisor was given a therapist the next week.
However, the therapist I was given turned out to be an extremely invalidating intern and ended up betraying my trust by misunderstanding info. I gave her. After, leaving me in crisis she never contacted me again for a follow-up visit or to check on me.
She had a few good suggestions at my initial visit but never followed up on anything she said she'd check on for me.
I don't know how this place is funded but the funders might want to take a 2nd look at the quality they are getting from the staffing there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Women's Center has a niche market/clientele that find peace and guidance wrapped in the wise direction of those that work at the Center. All of the adminstration, staff and volunteers understand the unique qualities that the Women's Center possess for anyone walking in off the street struggling with where to go next in life, in their careers, in their personal lives.
Having been involved with the Center since the first day they opened 14+ years ago, I have served in many capacities. I've been on the Board, volunteered in different capacities to assist for various programs and on an ongoing basis have donated time and money.
I am always humbled by the good people who work to provide a stable, steady, kind and nurturing atmosphere for all who enter. Please take some time to stop by and be amazed and dazzled by the work of the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan.
Andrea KD

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally been involved with this organization since its inception. I knew 2 of the founders personally and have gotten to know Kim (the current Executive Director) since she started with the Women's Center. These are amazing women who started the center and Kim, who continues to run The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan! They give their heart and soul to make everyone who is impacted by the center, feel like they have an extended family. When life is challenging enough, this group helps keep people grounded and able to find a new starting place or know that they can move on better than before. Everytime I visit the center, I am constantly reminded of the warmth of the staff and the caring way they help each client who comes in the door--whether it is for basic tax filing, job coaching, counseling thru tough times, or financial/legal support. It's truly an honor to be a part of this wonderful organization!

2 Aesha M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Danielle62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former intern (2004) returning to the community after many years away The Women's Center has been an amazingly supportive and grounding space in helping to reestablish connection and a career in our new home. Over many years it has been wonderful to be part of this group virtually/electronically and now to be able to come together with a group of insipiring women to support the community in a meaningful way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Maissa O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center is a lot more than a place for service, it is a community, a home. The staff, the supervisors and the volunteers are all embodiments of the centers values of acceptance and empowerment. I am more than proud to be associated with it

3 Ruthie S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!