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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: Women of nations provides culturally specific emergency services and support to all who have experienced trauma and domestic, sexual, and dating violence, and empower native american communities to put an end to all forms of violence through education and prevention.

Programs: Eagles nest shelter - eagles nest shelter provides crisis intervention, shelter, and advocacy for all women and children.

community advocacy program - community advocacy program provides education to the public on domestic abuse issues, particularly as they affect american indian women.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Hostile work environment. Feels like a warzone. Very stressful. Not only are the residents fighting but staff are fighting amongst each other.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Women of Nations has a management staff that only cares about itself. The residents do not have the materials they need and the support staff has slowly been cut to almost nothing. This means the residents do not have the adequate amount of staff to support its residents.

Review from Guidestar

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women of Nations Staff is dedicated to helping our clients recover from the trauma of ongoing abuse. They advocate for women and children and assist them with finding jobs and housing as well as help for whatever other issues they may face. Working in a domestic abuse shelter, or any area involved with health care or that serves clients with mental or emotional issues, sometimes chemical dependency, is very stressful in itself - it is just a stressful environment in which to work. All organizations have some areas that they could improve on, and WON is no different. There was mention of the E.D. being out for herself and being President of the Board therefore being her own boss. This is simply not true. She is a dedicated person, duly qualified for her role as E.D. She is Board President because she is the one that is listed as having fiduciary responsibility for the organization. There isn't another person that could be held financially accountable for the proper administration of funds at W.O.N. It isn't a Board member duty - therefore, there is nobody else. Being E.D. means that yes, you are in charge - someone has to run the day to day. However, being President of the Board is a title only for the reason previously stated. She is not a voting Board member. The Board sets the overall direction for the organization, they also conduct her performance review and determine her salary and the HR Director salary. The HR Director did marry Della's daughter about a year ago, therefore, he is her son in law; however, the Board is aware of this and the Board carefully reviews financials and information to ensure proper operation to the best of their ability. I hope this information is helpful to those that take the time to read and consider it.

Review from Guidestar

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Women of Nations is a stressful and unhealthy environment to work in. Women of Nations does not provide the necessary training to work there which unfortunately makes many of the staff unqualified. For instance the crisis line is a suicide hotline but while I worked there no one was trained to provide advice and counseling to suicidal callers unless they received training from outside resources not provided by Women of Nations. The website has false information on it. The survivor story is an exaggeration of someone who use to work there. She no longer works there and as far as I know did not run the Domestic Violence 101 group. She has not been involved with Women of Nations in anyway for a year or more. Also it says there is 24 hour Trauma informed care. This is not true. The only workers there 24 hours is the advocates and they are not trained in trauma informed care. As far as I know the only person trained in Trauma informed care is the ED and maybe a supervisor.

Review from Guidestar

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality. We feel that the road to technology.... has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth. Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to spirituality represents the slower path that the traditional native people have traveled and are now seeking again? The earth is not scorched on this trail. The grass is still growing there."

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There's two sides to a story, then there's the truth. Leave it at that.

Plus this just dumb. It basically became a contest of who can whine the most.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Disappointedparent- You say you want peolple to lead by example and stop the blaming. Maybe you should lead by example and not point fingers at what is being posted. You do not know who is posting anything on here. Just like nobody knows. I've been volunteering at Women of Nations for almost two years now. I collect over 500 hygiene items for the women and children there. After reading some of the positive and negative reviews I will agree that there is a problem in the organization. Employees need to stop using family dynamics as a scapegoat. Like any organization, if an employee has a problem they need to write down the FACTS, and report them to their supervisor. Once after reporting the problems, if the issues are not addressed, then go the next person in charge. Employees that do no report issues are just as much to blame. Management needs to stop using the union as a scapegoat. Management needs to sit down with their employees and find out what the issues are that they have with their staff and figure out a way to solve these issues. Both employees and management can not help each other if neither side is willing to speak. If neither employees and manaments are willing to do this, then perhaps they need to look for employment elsewhere, and management needs to make this a top priority. I strongly encourage all of you to come together as one to better the lives of women and children in crisis. And for all employees that are unhappy with their jobs, I encourage you to look for employment else where. To the former employees that post negative reviews on here, move on and let the organization grow. I will give Women of Nations a 5 star rating, because of the work they do! For my fellow members of the community that read these reviews, remember that is a social forum and have all the facts before we judge.

Tracy

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
You've got a friend in me
Yeah you've got a friend in me

You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You got troubles and I got 'em too
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you
We stick together, we can see it through
'Cause you've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me

P.S. Little Bo Peep wants to be an advocate too!!! She wants to know if you allow pets? She would need to bring in her sheep, they can't be left unattended.
Buzz Lightyear says he'll fly her in everyday so attendance won't be an issue.
Also, I agree with the reviewer before me. You should hire John Smith...he's a fine gentleman.


To infinity...and beyond!!!!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

You think I'm just an ignorant savage
And you've been so many places; I guess it must be so
But still I cannot see, if the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you don't know?
You don't know...

You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name.

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once never wonder what they're worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle in a hoop that never ends

How high will a sycamore grow?
If you cut it down then you'll never know
And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountain
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind

You can own the earth and still
All you'll own is earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women of Nations is a safe haven for many women who enter through their doors. Many are on the run from their abusers, leaving with nothing but the clothes on their back and their frightened children in hand. The shelter provides shelter, meals, clothing, and most importantly a safe place where they can begin to put their lives together. The Staff is friendly, compassionate, and dedicated to what they do. Many of the Staff identify with the women and are able to connect with them and provide support as they move forward. This organization is based on Native American Culture, using traditional teachings and ceremony’s to help these women and children heal. I was surprised to learn that this is the only Native based shelter not on a reservation; making it a rare gem. I have personally seen many success stories come from women of nations. Women of Nations is an organization dedicated to its clients; providing them with whatever they can to help.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fly high like the eagle. Listen to the drum of our Native People, and move on bad spirits.

Winawaste shinsutakze.

MPLS Indian Center.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the " crab mentality" phrase. Describes perfectly how some people deal with others successes. How are people like that suppose to help others? Thank goodness for the management otherwise those Union employees will ruin that place if they ran it. Always out to get others I see, making personal attacks on other employees, then you go after their families? I hear they're harassing that management staff, then they talk about abuse of power.
So what's the next bad review going to be about? Management? HR? ED? Nepotism? Family? Power? Harassment? Abuse? Only people who get reprimanded use those excuses. Never mind these are suppose to be adult women who act like children who basically act like they got their hand caught in the cookie jar.
If any of this is an issue, then why are they still there? Honesty and love will prevail over all evil.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here spring 2014. I enjoyed it! I'm studying abroad currently and look forward to coming back and volunteering again. I look forward to the 5k this year as well!

Thank you WON, you've opened my eyes to a lot of things in this world. Not sure what this Union business is about, but don't let it get ya down.

Miss you all! :)
Namaste

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Has anyone heard of "crab mentality"? Crab mentality, sometimes referred to as crabs in the bucket, is a phrase that describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither can you." I feel as though some of the employees can't get over the fact that maybe they just weren't a good fit (or are not currently a good fit) for Women of Nations, and perhaps didn't support that mission there. So therefore, if it's not working for them, then it can't work for anyone else. Some employees hide behind the Union to get away with not showing up on time, talking back to all staff members (like the 2 senior advocates), and perhaps they are being encouraged by their Union representative to make it a hostile work environment there, (they are all friends on Facebook) and we want to talk about abuse of power? They are all friend with the president of their Union on Facebook. They think they're united when really they throw their own under the bus, because they think of no one but themselves. This is what Women of Nations is trying to fix!!!! Hands are tied because the Union pretty much supports bad behavior. And why would they do this to a little nonprofit, Abuse of power maybe? Everyone knows who these two workers are, and it's sad that they are TRYING to make everyone miserable. To be honest......if any of the negative statements that were made in the previous reviews were true, do you really think they'd still be working there? Think about it? No matter how much these few disgruntled employees try to sabotage Women of Nations, everyone in the community knows that these are honest hard working employees. There is a reason why that place is still standing and running successfully. Union strong, or JB??? There's a reason why you're not there. I'd like to say Management strong, that's why they're there, they will continue to be there, and will be for years to come. Some of the employees may support the union being in a small organization, but the community and Native community see what Women of Nations deals with on a day to day basis. The management and board have full support of both.
Have a great day!!

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am currently an employee at WON and I truly love my job. It's pretty sad that people are so miserable that they need to hide their faces behind a site and on the internet. Women of a Nations has been open for 32 years and has been going strong and making changes in families lives since day one. We have a 44 bed shelter and anyone can check our records we are always full and we have nothing but success stories from the families we serve. I think if you are so unhappy, like to tell nasty lies, and have hatred in your heart you should leave and find peace and happiness. You don't deserve working with families in crisis and struggling with real life hard ache and pain. Go find another job where you can be happy.

If you are no longer an employee at Women of Nations go find peace in your life and move on. If you were unhappy for whatever reason and you decided to leave be happy with your choice and few up. Maybe focus on your current position or struggles in life and move on. Women of Nations is an amazing agency and the management team has done an amazing done as well as our new advocates who are happy and part of the team. If you work at Women of Nations currently and your unhappy think about ending your employment and finding something that will hopefully make you happy. Stop spreading lies and rumors about individuals you barely know.

Thank you to those that have given great reviews and told the truth about a passionate agency that truly cares about our families and employees.

Those disturbed, untruthful, nasty, and ungrateful individuals get a life and good luck finding true happiness.

I love my job and I am extremely passionate about what I do. Keep up the great work Women of Nations

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Volun101 is current or former employee of Women of Nations. And here is why. They said their last experience with WON was in 2013. I am currently employed at WON I have been with WON since 2009. And in 2013 managment was not in the process of getting rid of Union employees. The union was not involved until 2014. Also as a former member of the ''union'' not because I want to be, but because i was required to pay a fee in order to work at WON. I have seen many people come and go during my time their, not because of termination. Because they moved on to other jobs. When I was an advocate i never saw my union rep, never. But they certainly collected their dues from my paycheck. Women of Nations continues to work hard. Obviously if their were wrongful terminations within the organization union or non union positions, they certainly would be looked into right? Management staff continues to work hard, and we will not let the comments of former or current advocates affect us.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's great to see an organization represent and give support to women and children of the Native Community here in the cities.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep pushing Women of Nations. I'll support you every step of the way. You have a great team, and don't let those bad influences stop you from what you're doing. I'm so proud of the work you're doing, I hear nothing but good things from the community and I'll help out anyway I can.
You have lives to save, at the end of the day, that's all that matters!!!

-Tracy

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to comment on my experience with David and an unknown resident of the Women of Nations. I had just bought a brand new cell phone ($400) with my hard earned money and lost it within my first couple weeks. I was devastated. I was forced to use my old, broken phone until I could save up to hopefully by another new phone. About four weeks went by and I received a message from David stating that one of his residents had found my phone and turned it into him. Whoever this woman was, thank you so much and please know I strongly believe good things happen to people who do good things for others. David went so far beyond kindness by helping me get my phone packaged and delivered to me because I was unable to get to him to pick it up. I just received my phone today and it was wrapped like a Christmas gift...which it truly felt like it was. So, thank you. You have made someone very happy with your generous kindness.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I used to work at WON for a year. I NEVER had an issue with any of the management, supervisors, or any other staff. They were all my teachers! I learned how to listen, be empathetic, relate, and try to make these women believe that they have the power to do anything. I learned so much during my time there and the only reason I moved on was because I found something that was closer to my home. It's sad to see other people talking so negative about this place, and they don't see it for what it is. It's a place where a woman can seek another chance and change. That's why people work at Women of Nations. I hope nothing but the best for this place, and honestly, ever since the "ED" came in, that place has done a complete 180, FOR THE BETTER.