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Thank You for Making Our 40th Birthday Celebration Memorable!

In celebration of our 40th Birthday, the Women’s Center of Rhode Island hosted a birthday party with special friends at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on Monday, December 1st.

Approximately 75 guests joined us to celebrate 40 years of service to the community by providing hope, healing and comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence in their journey to becoming survivors.

While guests enjoyed the festivities, they also had an opportunity to learn more about our organization, our mission and our services from a special video presentation, along with testimonials delivered by survivors.

With a birthday cake and candles symbolizing each year of service, we sang Happy Birthday together, and thanked all our supporters for helping us bring light, hope and healing into the lives of domestic violence survivors.

You can still join the celebration by making a gift to honor our birthday today!

Together, we will continue to make a difference and light the way to safety, independence and a brighter future for the individuals and families we serve.

Thank You for Making Great Strides in Helping Others!

The Women's Center of Rhode Island would like to thank our Honorary Chair Km Zandy, our sponsors, community partners, volunteers, donors, walkers and friends for stepping out to support the Third Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence at Pierce Stadium on October 18th.

You were the "heart and sole" of this annual fundraising event and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Every step taken and every donation made will help us make great strides in our life saving work of helping victims of domestic violence become survivors.

If you were unable to join us for the Walk but would like to support the event, you can make a donation today! 

Thank you for helping us make great strides in helping victims of domestic violence take the steps they need to become survivors!

A Special Note of Thanks to Our Sponsors and Community Partners for Taking a Giant Step to Support This Year's Walk!

2014 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon

The 12th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon was held on Friday, May 2, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Providence Marriott Hotel.

This signature fundraising event provides the Women’s Center of Rhode Island with an opportunity to honor exceptional women who have overcome adversity, achieved success and/or unselfishly opened doors for other women. We wish to congratulate our 2014 Awardees:


 

All proceeds from the luncheon directly fund the life saving programs and services provided by the Women's Center of Rhode Island.  You can still make a donation if you were unable to attend!



News & Events

 

  Your Generous Gift Will Help Make Holiday Wishes Come True During This Season of Hope!

 

As we prepare for the winter solstice and the many winter holidays celebrated throughout the season, the universal message of Hope resonates in the crisp winter air.

While many families and friends gather together to celebrate the Season of Hope, many of our clients experience additional turmoil, stress and increased fear for their safety and their children's safety.

One of our clients Sandy told us that she endured verbal, emotional and physical abuse for a very long time before the situation escalated and threats of physical abuse were made "while her children were watching, wide-eyed in their pajamas at the foot of the stairs."

Terrifying as it would be to face the unknown, especially during the holidays, she found the courage to leave, called our 24-hour helpline and took the steps she needed to walk through our door to safety.

For many clients like Sandy, the holidays can be anything but hopeful, but thanks to the generous support of our caring donors, the Women's Center can provide hope, healing and vital services for women and children who find the courage to escape domestic violence and walk through our door to safety.

 Please help us extend a reassuring hand to the many individuals and families who turn to  us for help by sharing the gift of hope and making a donation today.

Your generous gift will help make holiday wishes come true for our clients during this season of hope and throughout all the seasons of their lives.

On behalf of the Women's Center of Rhode Island, we wish you hope, peace and joy this holiday season!

 

As an essential part of our mission, our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator Brandolyn Fluke works collaboratively with local school districts, educational programs and community agencies to help prevent the occurrence of violence and to educate the community about the dynamics of violence.

In collaboration with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and the Providence School Department, Brandolyn facilitated the "Young Women's Lives" program for 25 young people enrolled in PASA’s Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) during the spring semester.

This 10-week program offers students an opportunity to earn graduation credits for learning that takes place beyond the classroom with a focus on building relevant real-world skills. As part of Young Women's Lives, this multidisciplinary curriculum included topics about healthy relationships, positive self-esteem, body image, masculinity and femininity, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, racism/sexism/oppression and the impact of technology and social media.

According to Brandolyn’s students, HUB Expanded Learning Opportunities and Young Women’s Lives earned an A+ for “their instructor and the exciting topics that allowed them to discuss issues that were important to them, especially the impact of technology and social media on their self image”.

The 10-week program culminated with Demo Day in May, which provided an opportunity for the students to showcase their projects and demonstrate what they learned during the semester. Following their presentations, the students, ELO providers, facilitators and panel celebrated with refreshments and lively conversations about the past semester and plans for the summer.

While “school’s out for summer”, the lessons they learned continue. Many of the students said they plan to read books from Brandolyn’s book list, while others mentioned that they’ll take time to figure out what they want to do with their lives, develop a personal plan for healthy living, and become better friends with women in their families.

 In addition to PASA and Providence schools, Brandolyn worked with Year-Up Providence, City Year Rhode Island, local school districts and community agencies, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern New England and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence during this past academic year.

Our collaborative partnerships enable us to reach out to hundreds of youth each year by providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to recognize and avoid harmful behaviors associated with unhealthy relationships, identify healthy relationships and develop effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

Community College of Rhode Island Volunteer Service Team Made a Difference at the Women's Center.

 

Committed to making a difference by responding to community needs, a group of faculty, staff and students from the Community College of Rhode Island volunteered for a day of service at the Women's Center as part of CCRI's Annual Community Service Day.

This dedicated volunteer team worked diligently to organize and clean our childcare room, and they rolled up their sleeves to scrub our dining room, kitchen and pantry from top to bottom. Everything they touched sparkled when they finished their work.

Following a morning of cleaning, they gathered together with our residents and staff for a pot luck luncheon and provided valuable information about CCRI's programs and resources that would help our residents continue their education.

This resourceful presentation provided hope for our residents by helping them realize that accessible and affordable educational opportunities are available for them to explore and utilize.

Community College of Rhode Island President Ray DiPasquale and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Greg Lamontagne stopped by to meet the volunteers and WCRI staff. They shared their passion for the Women's Center's work and expressed an interest in fostering a relationship between the Community College of Rhode Island and the Women's Center.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Community College of Rhode Island for their volunteer spirit, hard work, enthusiasm and passion for making a difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.

We look forward to working with them on future projects.