Voices of DWC: Remisha
- DWC at Lilith Fair
- Project Home on Schedule
- DWC Volunteers receive  Presidential Award
- Glamour Project at DWC
- Auction Items Needed



Get Involved:

Volunteer Orientation
Monday, Aug. 9
Wednesday, Sept. 15
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Women’s Needs Assessment Survey
Saturday, Aug. 21
Volunteers needed to hand out flyers & conduct a survey
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Friends Cooking Club
Organize a cooking club with friends & provide delicious, healthy meals to the Ladies.
On-going event
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Volunteer Instructors Needed to teach:
- Candle Making
- Jewelry Making
- Basic Sewing Class

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DWC has received a third-consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Only 14% of nonprofits receive this honor three years in a row!

Make a donation to help women suffering from poverty & homelessness.


Beach Trip Wish List:
The Ladies are headed to the beach on Aug. 20.  We need the following items to make their trip special:
- swimsuits (all sizes)
- beach towels
- sunglasses & hats
- boom box/radio
- bottled water, juice boxes
- single servings of cheese and crackers, chips, snack/trail mixes, nuts, dried fruit
- fresh fruit, veggie sticks, and deli meat

Please contact Nicole, at  with questions or donations.


DWC in the News:

Homeless women get Glamour Project makeovers
Watch video on ABC 7

DWC picked as Lilith Fair Charity > Read more: blogdowntown, Entertainment Weekly, Look To The Stars & Ms.

The Ladies of DWC Walk the Runway With Dignity.
Read more in The Beverly Press



Downtown Women's Center
325 S. Los Angeles St.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90013
(213) 680-0600

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Voices of DWC: Remisha
Remisha was struggling with unemployment and facing eviction during an extremely difficult time in her life. She has five children and had a sixth on the way, who tragically passed away.  Coping with this loss while trying to support her family, she turned to DWC’s Continuing Services program - a resource designed to empower women to overcome serious health, mental health, and housing issues. Remisha began to meet weekly with DWC’s Dr. Mina Kedar to plan goals and next steps to move forward.  

Her hard work is paying off. Remisha has completed the first year of beauty school and is pursuing her dream of becoming a licensed hair and makeup artist. She is also working on stabilizing her housing and regaining custody of her children.  She is proud to be supporting her family by doing what she loves, and while she will never forget the challenges she has faced, she looks forward to enjoying the success that lies ahead.

DWC at Lilith Fair

DWC was selected by Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan as the local charity to benefit from the Los Angeles festival. Over $9000 was raised in support of our programs and services by the performers and fans!

“It’s very empowering to have these strong, talented artists support ending homelessness for women,” said Lisa Watson, DWC's CEO.

Speaking on women’s rights, Sarah McLachlan said, “We don’t take our rights for granted, and we should talk about those women who don’t have a voice.”

More Lilith Fair
photos on our facebook page!

Our New Project Home

Project Home is DWC’s expansion to increase Day Center services by 75%, grow permanent supportive housing capacity by more than 150%, open downtown’s first medical and mental health clinic for uninsured women, and launch an innovative social enterprise program —all in a LEED-Certified green renovated historical building! 

Our Grand Opening is set for December, and construction is on schedule. We have refinished the historic façade and restored the windows. Walls are going up, the interior spaces are coming to life, and the rooftop garden is taking shape. Click for construction updates.

How You Can Help: DWC has raised nearly $32.6 million towards our $35 million Capital Campaign goal. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone and are grateful to our supporters! Yet there is still more to be done. We must reach our goal by November 30, 2010 in order to receive $1,000,000 from the Kresge Foundation.
Your contribution, no matter the size, will help us meet this challenge &
 help make Project Home a reality!

DWC Volunteers Receive Gold Presidential Service Awards

During DWC’s annual Volunteer Appreciation event on May 21, we honored several of our wonderful volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Sharon Kipfer and Lynn Hall Russell received one of the highest honors, the Gold Presidential Service Award, for donating 500 or more hours of their time to community service.

Since 2006, Sharon Kipfer has provided a great service to our Case Managers by recording program data. Not only does Sharon help with critical behind-the-scenes work, she is also a mentor through our Moving Partners program.

One day each week, Lynn Hall Russell visits the Residence with cheese, crackers, and an open heart. On another day, Lynn holds a Current Events group in the Day Center. She has also served on DWC’s Board of Directors since 2002 and is a key advisor in the planning and construction of Project Home.

Much thanks to all the 800 individuals who volunteer each year at DWC. To get involved contact or visit our Volunteer page.

The Ladies of DWC get Glamour Project makeovers!


The Glamour Project visits DWC and brings homeless women some much-needed "TLC." It's a makeover that does wonders, not only for their look, but for their soul. 

Lisa Curtis's smile says it all. She lost her job and home. She said she's forgotten what it felt like to look so good. "It makes me feel really good and confident." 

Watch News Video about the Glamour Project on ABC 7.

Auction Donations Needed

Year after year, our unique Live Auction, Silent Auction and Raffle at our Annual Fundraising Gala are crowd-pleasers that help us raise much-needed funds for our programs and services. We have received many generous donations of special items for this year’s Gala on Sept. 20, yet we still need more. If you are able to donate restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, or other items, please contact Stephanie Patterson, Director of Development at or 213-680-0600 xt 219