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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

134 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Daschelle W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started going to the The Women's Center after learning about their MomShare group! It was the best decision I could have made. The saturday therapist for MomShare, Lisa, was super comforting and allowed everyone to speak their minds and really feel like we were being paid attention to. It has been an extremely supportive environment and as a new mom that is definitely something I valued.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started going to MomShare at The Women's Center as soon as I learned about it, early on in my pregnancy. I really value the support, community and validation of my experience that I receive there. As someone with no close female relatives or friends in a similar state of life, it really means a lot to me to be able to come spend time with other moms and hear from other people who are going through or have gone through the same things I am. I don't feel alone anymore. I know MomShare is going to continue to make a positive difference for me as I finish my pregnancy and adjust to life as mother of a newborn and beyond.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful place to meet other women and to get support! I started attending MomShare after my second baby and it was such a blessing. I'd strongly encourage other moms to attend to help connect with others and support each other during the transition of motherhood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people who work at the Women’s Center are some of the kindest people I’ve met. I’ve attended the MomShare meet up for about the past 7 months and I can confidently say it made a huge impact on my life as a new mom. So grateful this center exists.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was really struggling with being a new mom at 5 weeks postpartum, and my therapist recommended me to Momshare. It was exactly what I needed at that time. I met other moms who were either going through the exact thing as me or had already gone past it. It was extremely supportive and all that attended were in the same boat and felt the same feelings. It's hard to be a new mom with little to no family support around. Momshare ladies became my tribe of strong women and I learned that we are all great mothers. I owe Momshare and the women who attend my life. They saved me and I look forwards to giving back.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women’s Center’s moms group has been a great support to me as a new mom. Each session is filled with helpful tips from other moms and relatable stories of challenges and successes. I would highly recommend this group to any mom in the area looking to meet other moms.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Participating at MomShare at the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan helped me find support and community during my struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety. The staff were incredible and I will always be grateful for them!

1 Lindsay V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly don’t know what I would have done with out The Women’s Center of SE Michigan. I depended on the MomShare group after the birth of my daughter. It was the first place I found that was a safe space to share life with other women. The entire center was welcoming and staff were always kind and loving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to MomShare at The Women's Center a few months after becoming a first-time mom. The facilitator is so validating and the other moms offer so much support as well. Snacks and water are always available at each meeting, which is such a thoughtful gesture. I'm so glad I found this FREE resource in our community!

Sara C.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered at the Women’s Center. It was a great experience and a pleasure to have met so many warm, talented professionals who care about their community and value inclusion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my professional role, our company entered into a partnership approximately two years ago to support The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. I thoroughly researched several non-profits within our community. Then, I spent time speaking one-on-one with the dedicated and knowledgeable staff to learn more about this special nonprofit. I was profoundly impressed with the high quality range of services provided to our community by credentialed staff. The volume of women, children and families that have positively benefited from the wide-ranging services and compassionate support that The Women's Center of SE Michigan provide is countless. I was equally impressed with their outstanding internship program for college interns. I am so proud that my company is affiliated with this remarkable organization that is changing lives for the better, one individual at a time. In addition, it has been very rewarding that our team members have become involved with the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, whether it has been through fundraising events and/or by collecting items to donate to clients. We truly appreciate The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan and all of the hard work they perform to enrich the lives of our neighbors! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of SE Michigan is a safe and amazing place for women to go to get help. The women that work and volunteer here are truly genuine and care about everyone who needs their services. This is a must have non-profit in our community. Thye make a difference everyday! I love volunteering and helping in every way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as the resident web designer/developer at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan since early 2019, and it has been SUCH a rewarding, enjoyable, and fun experience. It feels so good donating my time, talents, and energy to an organization that I know is making such a difference in the lives of women and their families in our community. Each and every time I come into the Women's Center to volunteer, I am met with kindness, gratitude, appreciation, and support. I'm incredibly thankful that we have such an amazing resource in The Women's Center in our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is an amazing group of people dedicated to uplifting their community. As an undergraduate student involved with the University of Michigan's HeForShe Chapter, we have been fortunate to work with the Women's Center for several years now. The staff is incredibly welcoming in allowing our members to become actively involved, and we are currently planning to host a Donation Drive for paper products and other in-need items for the Center. I am very much grateful for the work they do in providing a safe, kind environment for those seeking assistance. Their proximity to the University of Michigan campus allows the Center to be an ideal and well-needed space for healing and growth for both struggling students and community members. Thank you Women's Center!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is absolutely incredible! The University of Michigan's Alpha Chi Omega Sorority has been paired with them for countless years and gotten the chance to see them grow as an organization. The support they provide for women, in terms of both physical items such as winter coats and feminine products to the mental guidance through their different therapy sessions, clearly makes a big difference on every single person that walks through their door. We look forward to continuing our work with this amazing nonprofit throughout 2020 and beyond!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a clinical intern at The Women’s Center for a year during my MSW graduate program at the University of Michigan. Over the course of my year with the agency, I could not have felt more welcomed, supported and encouraged by the other interns training alongside me, the supervisors who dedicate their time voluntarily to our learning, and the staff who work tirelessly to provide a safe space for individuals from all walks of life in the Ann Arbor and surrounding community. As an agency, The Women’s Center operates on a model that enables local therapists and interns to provide accessible and quality mental health support to those in need. As a newly graduated social worker now working in the field, I easily identify The Women’s Center as one of the few go-to organizations that provide sliding scale costs in the community, for a wide range of services including individual therapy, support groups, group therapy, financial education, and job coaching just to name a few. Not only does this agency support clients and the community in individualized and unique ways, but the staff and volunteers at The Women’s Center are truly some of the most compassionate and dedicated colleagues I have had the honor of working with. I always recommend this agency to folks looking for referrals. This organization has truly impacted my life professionally in regards to the education and training I received. It has also touched my life personally in regards to memorable takeaways from reflective supervision such as recognizing my own story, what I bring into a space, and how to show up not only for clients but also for myself. I thus highly recommend The Women’s Center and I hope that they will continue to expand so as to provide accessible services to more and more members of our community.

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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.

1

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.

2 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.

2 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!

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!

2 MaryBeth2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been providing computer support (on and off) for the Women's Center for several years. I've witnessed the dedication, passion and commitment that the Center's staff have supporting their mission. Their passion is unflagging and contagious. I am proud to be able to support this wonderful group of staff and volunteers, who in turn provide such a valuable service to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am PROUD to be the new Chair of The Women's Center of SE Michigan. I'm also the 'old'est chairperson as I was a co-founder and first Chair in 2000. This last year has been a very difficult one - financially - and, in fact, we had to briefly close our doors in June. But the tenacity of the staff, volunteer supervisors, interns, and a major donor brought me to my feet and, together, we're taking a stand! We have long recognized the need to become financially more sustainable, but how to do so and not compromise our principles was a difficult hurdle to cross. Together, we are on Journey 2.0. Together, we have developed an additional program, Room To Talk™, where licensed therapists trained by TWC in the past, will be able to provide services to insured individuals and where those who do not wish to use their insurance and/or have the ability to pay a reduced fee will be seen by limited licensed therapists. We hope to have this program fully launched by January, 2015. TWC is also in the process of working toward expansion of its many group programs. We can use your help! Please consider making a donation by going to our website: www.womenscentersemi.org. Thank you!

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful event to honor Jean Ledworth King last weekend! Over 250 people were present to honor her and to support the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, shortly to be renamed the Jean L. King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. The presentations clearly demonstrated the values that the Women's Center represents and the uniqueness of this organization that serves many hundreds of women, children and their families each year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center has been such a wonderful place for not only the clients served but also the interns. The staff provides the most welcoming and warm environment for whoever walks into the door. Working there has been the most beautiful experience for me and my clients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am currently an Intern at TWC from EMU. I was not sure if I was going to do internship over the summer, but the opportunity to interview came up and I decided to go for it. It was THE BEST decision I have made recently.. and I am honored to be a part of TWC. They are not only completely dedicated to the best services available to the community, but also an unbelievable group of women who epitomize strength, knowledge, and dedication to the profession. How fortunate am I to be a part of this organization?

2 Robin114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is a most welcoming place where people can seek counseling, as well as many other services and referrals. Helping people gain strength and healing during times of difficulty.

A unique model which offers service to anyone who can come to the center, and provides valuable intern opportunities for Master's level counseling students. A win/win model!

As a volunteer, I am impressed by the staff, board of directors and interns. The passion of the executive staff and the dedication of the interns is outstanding. I am proud to be part of such a professional organization that serves others with compassion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Intern at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan I had no idea the many different things I would learn about myself nor about my clients. I am utterly amazed at the personal growth I have experienced while working at The Women's Center for only 5 short months. I have learned and began to craft and develop my abilities as a therapist and I am forever in debt to The Women's Center. My supervisor and the supporting staff at The Women's Center has encouraged me to explore different avenues with my clients but ultimately they have allowed me flourish and grow into my role as a therapist. The support here is second to none and I know I would not be the therapist I am now, if it weren't for The Women's Center. Thank you for everything!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for the Women's Center for two years and have enjoyed the interaction I have with the staff as well as our clients. The Women's Center has been very instrumental in reaching out to the community to provide the necessary services needed for the women in this county.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TWC is a great organization that helps women build confidence and independence through programs offered at the center. TWC provides emotional support through counseling services and educational training through job coaching, tax progams and financial counseling. Please endorse and support TWC's dedication of providing emotional and economic self-determination for women, girls, and families.