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The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

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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

144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it is a very warm, welcoming place. Provides a great raaprt with other women. A truly inspiring place and am proud to supprt such an organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff and director of the Women's Center I met are dedicated, talented and persistent in their work to improve the lives of their clients. They have a range of services and expertise to help with anything from obtaining life skills in areas such as job hunting to counseling, to empowerment workshops. It provides a great launchpad for a woman looking to improve her life.

5

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center and it's director, Kim Cumming, set a standard for me. I spent a year working as an intern therapist while in graduate school. During that time, I learned not only the skills to become a good therapist, but also gained an image of the ideal. The Women's Center is the kind of organization that allows interns, clients and staff to feel empowered, respected and important. As my supervisor, Kim taught me how to empower people to change their own lives. I learned that this allows for lasting change, rather than the impulse to provide for or

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people that work at the woman's center are friendly, helpful and supportive. They welcome you with open arms and appreciate anything that you can do for them. When I helped them move to there new home they were open to everyone's ideas and opinions. They just wanted there new home to be the best that it could be. Not only have a been a volunteer but I was a client as well. It was a honor to show them how much they helped me by giving back to them.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing group of professionals who provide much needed service and support to the women of SE Michigan. It is a critical resource for our community.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) has been, and continues to be, excellent. My initial contact with this organization was as a Generalist Social Work Intern. Following my internship committment, I have remained involved as a volunteer. The Women's Center provides a warm and supportive atmosphere in which student interns are nurtured and their knowledge is expanded. Creativity and individual expression are encouraged, and positive modeling and interactions with staff are every day experiences. Volunteers are appreciated, and offered the opportunity for continuing meaningful experiences with TWC.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

On many days, the distinction between client and staff was not clear- all were treated with a level of courtesy and respect that is rare in mental health settings.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Working for the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan was one of the most positive emotional and education experiences I was fortunate to have as a young adult. The supervisors at this Center encourage full participation, and cohesiveness amongst all staff members. Real world instruction is provided to the developing therapists, to assist them in becoming skilled professionals in the counseling and non-profit field. Group supervision is provided on a weekly basis, where interns and supervisors alike are able to contribute their unique ideas and/or challenges regarding specific cases, and receive constructive feedback. And last, but certainly not least, all staff members are provided with a plethora of emotional support, allowing them to be the most available and engaged counselors for their clients as possible. The Women's Center is chock full of men and women who truly want to provide emotional and practical economic services to the people of their community, especially those who could not afford such services without the help of sliding scale fees. The staff and interns at this agency are carefully selected to ensure that services rendered to clients are of the highest caliber possible. I was fortunate to begin my professional career with this agency. Thanks

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women’s Center is a place that has been home to me for the last six weeks. During that time the staff, fellow interns and volunteers have been supportive, positive and determined to service the community in the best possible way. The people there are open, honest and hard working. I cannot think of a better place to be an intern or for a client to be helped using a totally holistic approach. We care about the emotional, mental and physical well being of everyone who comes through the door or contacts us in any way. The Women’s Center is generous with their time and limited resources. I feel blessed that I am a part of this wonderful team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment deepened the more that I learned about it and the work it does in our community. TWC helps women and families through affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Its doors are open to individuals who want to change their lives emotionally, professionally, and financially. Although its work is primarily by and for women, we also welcome men and boys. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs. I'm also impressed with its ability to help women in a way that develops life skills inherent to thriving families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working toward my MSW degree at the University of Michigan. The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan has been a great place to learn how to do therapy. It is an incredibly supportive environment, and everyone who works there works incredibly hard to serve TWC's clients well. It's one of the only places in the area people can get counseling on a *true* sliding scale (many people are priced out of sliding scales that bottom out at $40). TWC continually gets clients calling for counseling because our reputation within the professional community grows; other social workers I know smile when I say I work for TWC and tell me that many of their clients they've referred to TWC were greatly helped. It's a truly amazing place.