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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.

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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.