Support Women Experiencing Homelessness

By Giving List Staff   |   April 14, 2023

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively focused on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness. Each year, DWC serves over 5,700 women. DWC had a very active March, which is Women’s History Month. We partnered with many groups to celebrate women in Los Angeles who touch our lives and create a better world for women experiencing homelessness.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), DWC was delighted to host Superstars from the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) group in advance of WrestleMania at Sofi Stadium. The group prepared hygiene kits that are distributed for daily showers at the Center. WWE Superstars also met with advocates from DWC who shared their experience of homelessness and how DWC has assisted them with employment and housing. The visit culminated in the presentation of a grant to support refurbishing the Day Center where women receive three meals a day, access to showers and counseling to help place them in housing.

On the last day of Women’s History Month, DWC co-hosted a forum on women’s homelessness with Mayor Karen Bass, inviting leaders from the City and County of Los Angeles, local community organizations, and the business sector to gather and discuss the most effective strategies and programs for supporting women experiencing housing insecurity.

Throughout the month, DWC partnered with Beyond Yoga and Car Pros to launch a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $100,000. The campaign featured Tyana, a woman who was placed in a job and housing with DWC. Watch the video of Tyana’s story here:

Thanks to our incredible community – we met and exceeded our fundraising goal! Help us keep the momentum going beyond Women’s History Month by contributing to DWC today. Click here to donate.

Thanks to our incredible community – we met and exceeded our fundraising goal! Help us keep the momentum going beyond Women’s History Month by contributing to DWC today. Click here to donate.


The Downtown Women’s Center

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(213) 213-2834
Director of Donor Relations and Events: Holly Hight


The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) envisions a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Its mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.

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I take this work very personally because it pretty much saved my life. I love that I’m able to train women that were just like me and guide them. So I’m gonna be here forever. It’s my career now, that’s how I look at it.
Alexandria Pineda
MADE by DWC Associate

Let Your Legacy Be Saving Women’s Lives

The Downtown Women’s Center recently launched its legacy circle. Thus far, 36 people have joined, writing the life-changing nonprofit into their bequests. 

For Vikki Vickers, a one-time DWC resident, it’s about the best investment you can make. 

“Ninety eight percent of women housed at DWC never return to homelessness,” Vickers says. “In giving money to DWC, you are saving a life, changing a life, giving them a foundation, support, and someone to trust. You’re not just giving money, you’re actually saving a life.”

Please consider making the Downtown Women’s Center part of your legacy. 

Key Supporters

Otis and Bettina Chandler Foundation
Maria Bamford
Carla Barboza
Joanne Kozberg
Eileen Goodis and Eric Strom
Billie Greer
Lynn Hall Russell and L. Michael Russell
Kellie Hawkins Davis
Shelli Herman and Stewart Gleischman
Elizabeth Karatz Faraut
Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg
Tiffany Mayberry
Christy and Stephen McAvoy
Linda Griego
Elizabeth Naftali
Marylouise Oates and
Robert Shrum
Eleanor and Glenn Padnick
Brenda Levin
Silton Family Foundation
Andrea Van de Kamp
Weingarten Family
John and Marilyn Wells
Cindy Starrett