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The mission of the Downtown Women's Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.
Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides 75,000 meals, 71 permanent supportive housing apartments, and a wide array of health, education, and other supportive services to more than 4300 homeless and very low-income women each year. The Center meets our mission by offering a warm, friendly atmosphere that encourages homeless women to commit to their own betterment and healing process. Our supportive community and much-needed resources allow homeless women to reconnect with their sense of self, reclaim goals lost in the day-to-day struggle for survival on the streets, and move toward self-sufficiency. In the local Skid Row community, the Downtown Women's Center is the only resource that is exclusively for and singularly dedicated to serving the unique needs of this population.
DWC is committed to providing every individual woman with the personal support she needs in order to acknowledge her self-worth and dignity. Each woman is cared for and treated with a high level of respect. The Center is nationally recognized as a prototype for unique and effective programs serving homeless women.
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