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The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

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Nonprofit Overview

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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last many months, I have become so impressed by the staff, interns and volunteers at The Women's Center. The services provided there are centered around the support, encouragement and empowerment of women, and the commitment to this mission within the organization is shown in the quantity and quality of their offerings, programs and events. The atmosphere is warm, nurturing, and welcoming, yet always professional, and operations in the organization are organized and efficient. The value The Women's Center provides to women - and therefore society at large - in our area is immeasurable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women’s Center is a safe place to claim our worth and imagine our futures. My introduction to the center was a class with Sibel Ozer using the process of painting to reflect on the seasons of life. It was such a supportive small group for times of transition that I enrolled in several sessions. Later, when I approached the center to volunteer, I received a warm welcome and the immediate opportunity to use my skills and talents. The staff and volunteers live the mission of self-determination for women with authenticity and integrity. They embody the philosophy of counseling focused on women’s strengths. They do life-changing work and educate and inspire new helping professionals. The Women’s Center is an effective nonprofit with dedicated and dynamic leadership. They know how to steward their resources to make the most impact for brave women who want to grow stronger.

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 16 years ago I was in desperate need of a therapist who could work with someone with severe and persistent mental illness. I stopped in at The Women's Center. The receptionist confirmed that TWC worked primarily with women who had less serious mental illness or issues. As I turned to leave, someone whom I hadn't seen behind the counter which was quite high stood up and said she would be interested in talking with me. We agreed to meet to see if we could work something out. I ended up meeting with her regularly until she retired in 2017. During that time I witnessed the move to the current facility which now now no longer has a high counter.. I have always felt comfortable at TWC and recommend it to others. I am glad my new therapist sees me at TWC.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I wanted to return to clinical social work after years of working as an administrator, one of my colleagues recommended the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. I met with the directors and explained that although I had my certification to practice social work, I wanted more support and education. The directors invited me to attend the weekly Community of Practice, during which experienced social work gave supervision to graduate students and also shared best practices. I enjoyed learning from the Community of Practice and soon felt like I had come home.

After a year,I am now a full time psychotherapist at Room to Talk. I appreciate the support of my colleagues and mentors, and I relish the opportunity to share my learning with students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former volunteer and intern, every year deepens my appreciation of what a uniquely warm, collaborative, and nurturing space that the women's center provided for its volunteers as well as it's clients.

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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 people over profit; they truly care 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is a dedicated organization that serves individuals who have been silenced. Their focus is to empower them to help achieve better life opportunities. The staff is welcoming, sweet, and truly dedicated to their clients. I truly enjoy volunteering and contributing to the mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is a community hub of psychological, emotional and spiritual sustenance. It supports, empowers, and lifts women and families, absolutely practicing social justice and holistically serving those in need with the dignity and respect they deserve. When you are at the Women's Center, you are home in some fundamental way.

As a transgender woman struggling to find her voice, the Women's Center has helped embolden my spirit and strengthen my steps, so that I find myself more confident in my inner-song. In finding support I have learned to support; in becoming empowered I have learned to empower. And the Women's Center has been essential to this journey of hope and possibility.

I cannot say enough about the Women's Center--it is what every community needs and far too few have. For those between havens, it is a shelter; for those between rivers, it is a well; for those between blessings, it is a prayer. Thank goodness for the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I completed a six-week internship at The Women's Center as an undergraduate student, and was incredibly impressed with the dedication, warmth, and professionalism of the therapists and other staff members. The facility itself is comfortable and welcoming, and there is an immediate feeling of community and support as soon as you walk in the door. The therapists here are extremely committed to their work and to supporting each and every one of their clients. The environment is one that encourages learning, growth, and empowerment for everyone, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for such an amazing place!

Connie M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I felt very welcomed the very first time that I walked into The Women's Center. The atmosphere is soothing and cheery. I started out as a volunteer and then joined the staff. We serve such a diverse clientele from in and nearby Washtenaw County. The staff, therapists, and interns are great to work with. I can truly say that I love coming to work since we are able to touch the lives of so many people.

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.