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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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 profits over people and truly cares 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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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?

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is dedicated to "self-determination" and expresses that in their service delivery, attitude toward clients, and volunteers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit consultant I work with many organizations, and The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is as good as they come. JLKWC has a strategic vision of where it wants to be and the staff and operational volunteers to see it through to fruition. Its commitment to mission and ongoing review of everything it does to avoid "mission-drift" is noteworthy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be the Board Chair of The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. TWC provides its services on a sliding scale fee structure, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. It is a vital community resource that is not a nonprofit luxury -- it is a community necessity. Along with our professional staff and cadre of volunteers, the Board of Directors is doing everything possible to ensure the long term sustainability of TWC so that it remains part of our community landscape for years to come. Everything we do at TWC is guided by three fundamental principles: increase confidence, increased competence, and increased connections. These principles are my constant motivation in my work with our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. One of the things that makes me most proud of TWC is the efficiency with which TWC raises the funds necessary to keep its doors open for clients. There is no unncessary "overhead" -- there is space where our staff and volunteers serve clients directly and there are minimal staff salaries to deliver the services to clients. When an individual makes a donation or a funder makes a grant to TWC, they can be confident that those funds are used efficiently to make a difference in the lives of clients. I am grateful beyond words for the staff, interns, volunteers and my board colleagues who give so much of themselves in order to make the work of the Center possible.

Erin L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was an intern with The Women's Center during my MSW program, and I can't imagine a better environment in which to develop myself as a therapist. The Women's Center's mission of empowering women and girls is apparent is all aspects of the organization, and it helped me to develop a therapeutic style that is genuinely centered around my clients' goals. The Center fosters an atmosphere that inspires confidence in everyone that walks through the door--staff, interns, volunteers, and clients alike.