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Women's Intercultural Center Inc

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Causes: Adult Education, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Education, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To provide a place for women to learn and work together to develop their social, spiritual, economic and political potential.

Results: To date over 3,400 women annually become educated, empowered and engaged. Results of our work have been published in research documents, books, videos and presented a various conferences throughout the country. For more detailed info on our progress visit our website under participants and the about us section.

Target demographics: Women ages 17 years old and up

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,400 women annually

Geographic areas served: Southern New Mexico and West Texas

Programs: alternative education and personal development, economic self-sufficiency, civic engagement, Border Awareness Experience. In essence we provide our participants the tools and resources they need to thrive.

Community Stories

303 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non profit organization does a very good job with interacting and helping the community with a large variety of problems. It is doing very well as there are always community members present. It could improve by making itself more known to the public.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This profit goes above and beyond expectations. Ms Mary and her son are so helpful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently taking guitar at the center, and have been since September 2018. I have very much enjoyed my experience. The staff are great and very accommodating. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WInC is a community center, beyond what is the most obvious, their ED serves to empower, educate, and uplift individuals one by one so that they can continue to grow and thrive in their families and their communities, but most importantly, for themselves. This nonprofit center has provided and continues to be a safe place for families to gather, learn, and share.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center is such a beautiful place and truly needed not only in Anthony but the world. I can't thank them enough for all of the experiences I had there and to see the impact they are making every day. Truth be told when I first arrived here I was going through a lot of depression. I felt lost and really didn't know what to do with my life. Every second of the day I just thought about it being the last day. I first came to the center as part of a trip for my school. We participated in the border awareness experience program that the center offers. Not really sure why I took the trip and signed up with my school to do it. Trips are randomly assigned so I expected to go somewhere else but I'm so glad I came here.

Upon arriving our group first ended up meeting Saif and little did I know this guy along with another individual would change my life. Just within the first 10 minutes Saif made us feel like we were at our second home and that we were now part of his family. He was so funny and so genuine that we couldn't help but love him. The first day he took us out to see the border highway and scenic drive in El Paso, TX. He showed us where the border was between U.S. and Mexico and a few personal stories of him growing up in El Paso right next to Mexico. Just from this first night alone I knew this was going to be a great week.

The rest of the week we got to meet with Border Patrol, visit a Federal Courthouse and speak with attorneys and judges, met with Las Americas, Human Rights Activists, and more. It was an absolutely incredible experience and I wasn't expecting to see both sides of the issue. My group was primarily one sided but interacting with Border Patrol, the attorneys and judges we definitely opened up our outlook of thinking. We realized we had the power to change what we didn't like and that Border Patrol, Customs, ICE were definitely not the bad guys. They were so open with us and allowing us to ask anything and even shared their own experiences. Immigration wasn't the only issue we touched on because after 5 we had time on our own and while I thought Saif would leave after that time, no he was always there if we needed anything so being able to talk to him was a benefit. By the second night Saif spoke to us about his viewpoints of immigration as a whole but also his viewpoints on other issues. One issue that came up was depression and he talked about someone close to his life suffering depression. At first he believed it was something easy to overcome and never understood why he didn't. He ended up learning that it wasn't an easy thing to overcome and which is why he talks with him everyday and spends time with him checking up on him and doing outings and turning video games into topics of life to overcome depression. Just from talking to him I started to open up to him about my depression and he offered me a few tips of advice which has helped me tremendously. If it wasn't for him I don't believe I would have ever graduated from my university.

Later that week we also ended up meeting Mary the woman who runs the center and if I wasn't already impressed with Saif, I was blown away with her. She was so intelligent, motivational, and so down to earth. She shared with us her story of ending up at the center and all the various places she worked at. She shared with us the importance of understanding both sides of an issue and sitting at the table to make sure our voice is heard and to fight for what we want. She became the type of woman I wanted to be when I grew older. She taught us to speak for ourselves and to speak up, she taught us to love ourselves, she taught us to enjoy life even more just like Saif did.

I could go on and on about everything I learned there, but in the end just know this center changed my life and see them doing that every day with every person that walks through their doors. I was blessed to have come down to Anthony and honored to have met Saif and Mary. Thank you to the both you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Director there Mr. Almuhaibi. This past weekend I was visiting my aunt and I had no idea she was a victim of domestic violence. She told me the story of how she came to the center and he opened up the doors to assist her. She talked about how weary she was to speak to him but how he reached out to her and how kind he was and how patient he was to listen to her. She described him as a saint who was placed there to assist her when she truly needed it the most. Upon more research I found out my other family members have also visited for other services the center provides. I am very impressed with their recycling initiatives and their book lending library to promote reading. I am impressed with the variety of classes they offer and how they work to make every participant feel comfortable and address their needs.

I visited the center on Sunday to attend the Xochitl Town Hall meeting because she was a candidate I voted for and I was very impressed by not only the turn out but an incredible job you all did hosting her. I saw that Mary is now the director and was wondering if Mr. Almuhaibi is still around. I was hoping to possibly run into him and thank him for what he did. Upon further research on the facebook page I learned I could do a review. So in essence I love all the work you are doing and I love that so many women have a place to go to when they are in need. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well: creative, resourceful, encompassing, relevant and real Improve: tie in a compost program and sustainable ag education/surrounding community input

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WINC is a great place to volunteer and help my community out. They are very welcoming and helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women's Intercultural Center helps me interact with other women in my community. They care for the empowerment and betterment of ALL women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women's Intercultural Center is providing my community and fellow women with amazing educational opportunities that are unmatched throughout the region.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud of them for doing, such a wonderful job for the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Intercultural Center is the hotspot of not only Anthony but El Paso, Las Cruces and all of the small towns around them. They offer a variety of programs that help the community from nutrition classes, diabetes class, small business workshops, couponing etc. They also offer classes that help teach you a new skill or uncover a talent you didn't know you had while also being able to share your story with others and they as well. We're talking about Acrylic Painting, Guitar, yoga, reiki, acudetox and more.

They even offer to classes to help you become a U.S. Citizen and even help you with the paperwork. Essentially the center is a hotspot for not only when you are looking for something to do and unlock new talents, but a center you can come to whenever you need. The leadership behind the center works on meeting not only the needs of the community but ensuring every individual has access to him/her overcome their challenges. A huge shout out to Mary & Saif, the innovaters that keep this center running and the incredible programs that not only they bring, but the pure fact of the amount of heart they give to the center and each and every person that walks through those doors. They are powerful leaders that define what is to give back and what is to help people thrive. Thank you Mary and Saif.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience. Our parenting group was always very supported by all the staff of the Women's Intercultural Center. It was a great privilege to have the opportunity of doing our parenting group at this location.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are helping the refugees who need to learn how to pass the immigration test. They are so welcoming and caring, nothing needs to be improved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at this non-profit brings me absolute joy. They truly are the pillar of the community. They offer an incredible variety of classes that I have seen many individuals from the community enjoy. They offer an emergency food pantry along with giving out food every Thursday which is absolutely incredible. When I was there they were usually providing food to 10-15 families. The best part of my experience was talking to the director Sef. (Pretty sure I spelled that wrong, I'm sorry, really sorry, I lost your card with the correct spelling). Talking with him I was able to discover the passion for what I wanted to do with my life. For a while, I was pretty unsure what I wanted to do but I have happily applied for a federal law enforcement job. I just came here to knock out some hours but never expected to meet someone as incredibly inspiring and helpful as Sef. He truly does whatever he can to help the community and take the time with each person and any concerns they may have. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering at the Center. It has given me the opportunity to grow as a person.The staff is very helpful .I look forward to my future with the Center.I want to thank Saif and for the opportunity and knowledge they have given me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I take the citizenship classes and really like the classes. I would like see a day care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to admit when I first walked into this place I was a little worried that the first person i ran into when coming in was a young man. I came here because I was dealing with a domestic violence issue and because my husband held a large threat over me. i had no idea where to go or what to do, all I did was panick for months and stayed in the relationship because I had nowhere to go and because of my two sons.

When i came to the center they were actually already closed, but a young man spotted me at the front and opened the door and asked me if i needed anything. I was taken aback and just wasn't sure how to respond because you really don't expect to see a man at a placed called the women's intercultural center. I had no idea what to do but something spoke to me and just told me to tell this young man what was going on. He told me he would be happy to help and brought me inside and we went to his office so he could help me. THis wasn't the first time I asked for help, i actually went to an organization down the street, but they sent me away saying they could not do anything. I thought this would be the same but this young man had a certain spark about him that just made me trust him. He started making some calls based on the information I provided him and I was able to file a police report with an officer that he trusted, he then made some other calls to help me file some paperwork that would protect me from the threat my husband was holding over my head. He also provided me a place to stay if needed, however, thankfully a friend had already taken me and my kids in. This young man did everything in his power to resolve my issue and because of him I am grateful to no longer be afraid of my husband. There is more to the story, but it is a little personal, but the police were able to gather enough evidence to take in my husband.

after helping me i really wasn't sure how to thank him, he told me he wasn't here for thanks he was here because God put him in this place to assist others that he guides to the Center. It was also at this moment that I found out his name was Saif and he was the executive director of the women's center. I took one of his business cards because there was no way i was going to remember how to spell that name, but i am forever grateful. I leave this review so others can know not to worry if they see a young man at the women's center, because this young man has a huge heart and he really cares.

Thank you!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I arrived at the Center I was unaware of all the services they provided to the community. The community is truly blessed to have staff and volunteers with as much knowledge , caring and understanding .I can say volunteering at the Center has changed me as a person.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Como instructora estoy muy satisfecha con mi clase, con el personal del centro y con mis alumnas. Espero poder seguir ofreciendo mis servicios como voluntaria...es fascinante. Como alumna; me gustaria ver mas actividades....clases de diabetes, Ingl\u00E9s, GED y manualidades diversas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There really good the staff is so helpful, and they greet the staff with good manners. Im so happy to be able to learn how to decorate cakes in this facility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this place! I've learned so much, and made great friends. Great atmosphere, clean place and friendly people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Son muy atentas muy amables y todo esta muy bien organizado

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really like the service given to me , I have been in several Zumba classes and this is one of the best In Anthony . Everyone is very nice and I feel very welcomed, I wouldn\u2019t change anything

Client Served

Rating: 4

I would like to see more classes to benifit ny family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Yo soy de Santa Barbara Chihuahua y tengo 59 anos y 24 anos de residencia en Anthony Nm. Me meta ha sido hacerme Ciudadana de Los Estados Unidos el Centro me ha ayudado a cumplir mi meta ofreciendo classes cerca de mi domicilio y teniendo Una gran maestra que nos ayuda mucho.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do really well with helping their community and people that come in for any particular service and if they can't help them they will do as much as they can to get that person on the right track!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Intercultural Center helps out the community in many different ways. They have counseling services, an emergency food pantry, A thrift store, and Learning programs. They also provide an ESL class for the participants that don't speak English as well as a Spanish Citizenship class that help those that need to get there citizenship. The Women's Intercultural Center provides a safe and welcoming environment for there participants.

Very Helpful & Good Service

Client Served

Rating: 5

They went above & beyond in helping host & advertise our health ed event. Great at communication & eager to find ways to help the local community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The nonprofit is doing amazing at helping out the community. i expressed my need for some beds and they did not hesitate to donate to me some beds

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This non profit is an incredible impact on the community. The leadership does a great job of educating and positively influencing everyone they come in contact with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing amazing things down in Anthony, New Mexico! I went down there for a service and justice trip to learn about the topic oearned so much more. They embody the true goal of a nonprofit hoping one day they will no longer be needed because the problem they aroesn't exist anymore. They are a nonprofit that puts in 110% into anyone that needs their help. They take great care of the people thery well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very very helpful with all their classes

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just came down this week to visit and bring my grandma who needed some help with her citizenship paperwork. It was incredible to see that my old Border Awareness Experience Coordinator Saif Almuhairbi has become the Interim Executive Director. He helped us with all of the paperwork we did not fully understand and ensured that if we ran into any problems in the future, to be sure to call him and he would help us with those barriers. Saif is doing an incredible job leading the Center and I am excited to see the future advances they make under his leadership.

Thank you Saif and thank you to the Women's Intercultural Center for being there for people in need. I also have to say the Center looks incredible and the women look so happy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to learn about the Women's Intercultural Center because I came down for their border awareness experience to learn about the border and immigration issues that they face down in the south. I will be honest what I experienced I truly was not expecting. What surprised me the most when I came and was picked up at the airport was our coordinator for the experience was a guy. I figured since it was a women's center it would be a woman greeting us, but I would have it no other way. His name was Saif and he was a very smart individual who I found out redesigned the border awareness experience and I must give him a huge thank you because he did a great job. He designed an experience that shows both sides of the issue. I was able to meet with organizations that advocated for undocumented immigrants and I even met with the Border Patrol which was especially exciting for me. When I heard about our group taking part in a Border Patrol tour I figured we were just going to get a little presentation at their facility. No what we got was one on one time with the agents and a tour of the different areas that the border patrol covers along with a presentation, and a visit to one of their facilities on the border where they control the cameras and speak to the undocumented that have crossed over. This is an experience that should not be missed out on because I was able to ask questions to the agents that were with us and they answered all of them. I have been trying so long to get my questions answered by Border Patrol and never could, but here with this visit to the Women's Intercultural Center and taking part of their program I was able to speak with the Border Patrol. Every individual that has doubts about them needs to take this experience. They truly opened my eyes and I still remember one of the agents telling me, "Look I know a lot of you probably don't like my job, but if you want a piece of advice and want to change the way we handle things on the border, then change the law and I promise you we will follow it." I was amazed he told us to advocate for others if we truly wanted to make a change. This experience was truly amazing and the organizations that advocate for immigrants truly inspired me to work harder and advocate myself. They taught me how to make a difference as well and now I am more knowledgeable on the issues. If you want to learn about border and immigration issues this is the program you need to choose. They will open your eyes and you will leave with an abundance of information. Also what will also make a difference in your experience is see if Saif can join you because he has a lot of amazing information to provide the group and he is very inspirational. I truly have never met an individual like him and he is one of a kind. The experience he created in top notch.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here for what was called the Border Awareness Experience program. I would have to be honest, at first I really was not interested in immigration, and only came down for the credit with my school. Although, my life was changed forever after I met the Women's Intercultural Center staff, and specifically their new Interim Executive Director Saif Almuhairbi. Saif is truly an inspiration to all of those he speaks to. Not only is he very knowledgeable about immigration, and I was able to learn so much from him, but Saif also inspired me towards becoming an immigration attorney but also advocating for my community. If you have the opportunity to come down for this experience, seriously TAKE IT, the program changed my life and being able to meet the participants at the Center, meet with judges and attorneys at the courthouse, take a Border Patrol Tour on the border, and the opportunity to sit and talk with Saif truly was incredible. Thank you to the Women's Intercultural Center for this experience and I will definitely be back to Anthony. Saif, please continue the incredible work you do, and thank you for being so open with me and helping me tackle some of my fears.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Intercultural Center has an amazing staff that is devoted to improving the quality of life for many people going through the citizenship process. Their knowledge and insight to the immigration process was inspiring to learn from. This non-profit is extremely devoted to their clients and educating others about the work they do with the issues they face. If we had more people like them doing this work, our society would be a much better place. I am beyond grateful to have learned from these amazing people, and have been inspired by them to get involved with the immigration process in my own community.