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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

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women's center is an amazing and much needed resource in our community. They help to fill a large gap in resources and support services for the underserved communities, and they do it in a welcoming and inclusive way. I have the most direct experience with their work supporting new mothers by hosting a free, no questions as Mom Share group. They have partnered with other organizations, including the University of Michigan hospital to provide a comfortable and welcoming space to host weekly support groups that bring new moms together to help navigate the transitions into motherhood. There is else nothing like it in the community and it has been an invaluable resource to help with difficult issues such as post-partum depression and anxiety, confidence, stress reduction, and relationship issues. I particularly love the "come as you are" mentality and the safe space created by the social worker and other staff at the center.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being new to Michigan with no family/friends around and having delivered my baby in the middle of a tough winter, I think I faced a little more than "baby blues". I learned about MomShare through my ObGyn and made a goal to attend a meeting as soon as my son was at least a month old. I was nervous to take him anywhere by myself, to drive in the snow, to put myself out there, etc, but knowing that this support group existed really helped me get through a tough postpartum period. I'm thankful for this group and for Lisa Anderson for organizing it, as the time after giving birth can be very lonely and isolating.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I reached out the Women's Center when a local mom's group discontinued. In partnership with 2 other community agencies, the Women's Center whole heartedly took on MomShare, a support group for new mothers that I am now so happy to be facilitating. They provide a cozy environment, space for moms and babies to stretch out, snacks and drinks. They have the most wonderful front desk staff who make all of our moms feel welcome and cared for. There is no other free, open group like this one, providing support, resources and connection to moms in the area. Thanks for always being open to innovative and cooperative programs for women and their families!

1 Daniela Gauna B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first time experience here was with my 1month old son, and I was nervous on so many accounts. Weather was in the single digits, first time driving myself after pregnancy, first time alone with baby, unsure of myself on how to handle a crying baby, and not sure if I would even like the Mom Share group. My anxiety was lifted so quickly walking in, and seeing a calm, comfortable, cozy and friendly place and greetings. Water (which I forgot to bring ) was provided, toys for baby, snacks for mom, and a understanding and knowledgeable group of women made me feel safe, welcome, and appreciated just for coming and doing my best. Thank you to the Women's Center for this boost of confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great privilege to volunteer for eight months with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. It is amazing how much of an impact TWCSEMI has had on its surrounding community. Not only do they provide mental health services, job coaching/training, human services but they provide a place for people to feel safe and know what it’s like to be truly loved. I am very impressed with this organization and they have my full trust as an international student and lesbian identified people of color.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan! Their entire team and organization are beyond resourceful and amazing. From the moment I was in the door, I am greeted by smiles and warmth. I discovered The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan by recommendation from my OBGYN after I had my baby in July. I was referred to a social worker because of some postpartum issues I was having. Thankfully I was introduced to Lisa Anderson who runs a Mom Group (MomShare) out of the The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan office. This group literally changed my life, thus changing the lives of my family. I was able to find my Village here. I could literally go on and on about my love of MomShare, which provided me with the support, love, tools, friendship and compassion I needed after the birth of my daughter. The support I feel from the second I walk into the building to the time I leave is huge! By visiting the Center weekly (MomShare) I was able to meet other staff members at the office, and discover the rest of the resources offered at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. I now know where to turn to for so many things. I have referred multiple women to the Center in hope to pass along this resource.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My student organization has partnered with the Women's Center for multiple projects and, in the process, has learned so much about the hugely important work that they're doing. Cannot say enough about how wonderful the people are at the Center!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Women's Center has been a great ally to all women in the area, offering incredible advocacy efforts and compassionate care. The people who work there are truly an inspiration, and their efforts to offer education and resources to women in this area are vital to the health, well-being, and safety of everyone. Truly a wonderful institution full of dedicated advocates.

1 Emma M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to volunteer with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan to complete a project for my final college class. Not only did I gain valuable experience and learn more about the inter-workings of a nonprofit, I was welcomed and immediately made to feel at home among the employees and fellow volunteers. It is easy to tell that The Women's Center not only cares about the people it's serving, but also the wonderful people who work and volunteer there. Ann Arbor, and the entire southeastern part of Michigan, is lucky to have such a wonderful center right in their backyard.

1 Rima M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at The Women's Center for a few weeks and absolutely loved getting to know everyone there. The staff and other volunteers were so welcoming and kind and I could tell they were all very passionate about helping people. They made sure I was comfortable and included me in activities and meetings just as much as the full-time staff. They really exceeded my expectations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel beyond blessed to be completing my field placement for my Master's in Social Work at The Women's Center as my experience has been incredibly transformative, enriching, and replete with valuable developmental growth opportunities both personally and professionally. There is a tangible warmth that can be felt throughout The Women's Center that is strengthened by the charisma and passion of all the staff, volunteers, and clients who are touched and changed from their positive experiences at this special place. The counter of snacks, freshly picked flowers, and free coats, toiletries, and books all add to the inviting and welcoming nature of the space and all those within it. I have greatly enhanced my self-awareness and worldview through the phenomenal supervisors who are eager and enthusiastic to teach and grow alongside clients and interns like myself. The supportive network within The Women's Center is so viscerally felt that I already feel at home when I enter the space each week and my experience has been so positive that I hope to continue to be connected with The Center after I graduate and to incorporate the values and felt experience into all future work and interactions I have with others.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 ecao

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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!