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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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.

Jo Ann P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeast Michigan is one of the finest organization it has been my privilege to work with. Their care and concern for the community of women, children and families of all kinds is unsurpassed. Every action that they take is for the people they serve, and they are a true resource for women in need. I mostly work with Kim Cumming, but I see and feel her leadership and passion reflected throughout the organization in the way each one contributes their time and care for others who need it. We need to be there for each other in times of need. This organization does that.

Karen B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I experience the extreme dedication of individuals (staff, volunteers, board members, interns, donors) associated with the Women's Center. This dedication results from a tremendous sense of assisting the women and girls we serve in accomplishing important changes in their lives. In addition, individuals also really enjoy their involvement and interaction with the Women's Center's like-minded, compassionate community. As the lead of the board's strategic planning committee, I am proud of our history and our plans for the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Women's Center as a member of the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Steering Committee for our May fundraising event. I also just became a Board member. I have a strong background with non-profits in both consulting and board roles, and am very impressed by the Women's Center. The quality of the programs and the people is very high and very professional. The environment is very welcoming and serves our clients' needs well. We also play an important educational role with interns.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on the board 2004-2010, as chair for the first three years, and continue as a volunteer, most recently as a co-chair for the Power of One event celebrating Jean Ledwith King. The Women's Center is unique and essential to our community, providing a safety net of comprehensive critical services under one roof and making them affordable. No one is turned away. The Center's work consists not only in providing human services, but more importantly in implementing a vision of social justice in terms of gender and socio-economic class. In spite of the current economy, the Center continues to deliver high quality services because, in part, it draws in professionals who volunteer their skills and time, which have a dollar value of 1.5 times the annual operating budget. In addition to direct programs and services, the Center has created a General Resources document in order to provide accurate responses to callers (3000 annually) needing critical information about food, shelter, medical care, etc. As a result the Center has become the go-to organization for other organizations that need to know how and where to refer their own callers and clients. The Center is unique and essential in our community in addressing the emotional and financial challenges of women who have nowhere else to go.

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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.

jenncornell

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment has 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. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience for me being part of this hard working and seriously focused group of people striving to make The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan flourish and grow. This is presently a local group in Ann Arbor helping women find a new direction for their lives from professional staff and many volunteers.

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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.