Downtown Women’s Center Recognized for Leadership in Ending Homelessness

By Giving List Staff   |   May 30, 2023
(Left to Right): Martha Saucedo, AEG; Stephanie Graves, Lee Andrews Group; Elex Michaelson, Fox 11 Los Angeles; Raul Anaya, Bank of America; Curtis Stone & Lindsay Price Stone; Edgar Khalatian, Mayer Brown; Julie Uhrman, Angel City Football Club; Amy Turk, Downtown Women's Center; Nella McOsker, CCA.

Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) was honored for its outstanding leadership in addressing women’s homelessness. DWC, along with esteemed partners Angel City Football Club and celebrity chef couple Curtis and Lindsey Stone, was honored by the Central City Association (CCA) as a “Treasure of Los Angeles.” Additionally, DWC CEO Amy Turk was recognized at the Pioneer Women Awards 2023, hosted by the LA City Human Relations Commission and LA Civil Rights Department, for her nearly 20 years of service.

The first accolade bestowed upon DWC was the “Treasure of Los Angeles” award, presented by CEO of the Lee Andrews Group and CCA Board Member Stephanie Graves. This recognition highlights DWC’s trailblazing role in developing comprehensive homeless services specifically tailored for women. DWC’s remarkable firsts include opening the first permanent supportive housing site in the country and the first, and still only women’s clinic, in the Skid Row community. Such initiatives have been instrumental in creating safe and empowering spaces for homeless women, ultimately helping them rebuild their lives.

At the award ceremony on May 18th, DWC CEO Amy Turk highlighted the award as collective victory for women and the community that has supported the agency. Also in attendance were DWC Board Chair Elizabeth Karatz Faraut, Board Chair of Finance Ruth Edwards, and Board Secretary Catherine Collins, as well as Board Members Vicki Curry and Justine Gonzalez.

In another momentous recognition, DWC CEO Amy Turk was honored at the Pioneer Women Awards 2023. This award acknowledges individuals who have been tireless advocates for gender equality and who have empowered women and girls in Los Angeles. Turk’s nearly two decades of dedicated service exemplify her commitment to fostering transformative programs. Her leadership has been instrumental in creating sustainable solutions, raising awareness, and championing the rights and well-being of marginalized women.

Downtown Women’s Center continues to be at the forefront of addressing women’s homelessness in Los Angeles. DWC’s innovative programs, combined with its commitment to comprehensive care and community collaboration, have set a precedent for addressing the unique needs of unhoused women. Through its exceptional leadership, DWC is making a tangible difference in the lives of countless individuals, offering hope, stability, and a path towards self-sufficiency.


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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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As a devoted advocate for the empowerment of women, I find tremendous purpose in supporting the Downtown Women’s Center. Witnessing the unwavering strength of the women it serves, my heart swells with gratitude for the opportunity to play a role in their journey towards healing and self-renewal. The upcoming opening of Oatsie’s Place, a permanent supportive housing site named for my dear friend and ardent DWC supporter, Marylouise Oates, fills me with immense joy and hope. Oatsie’s Place will serve as a haven, where each woman can embrace her worth, unlock her potential, and discover newfound independence.
Andrea Van de Kamp
DWC Advisory Council Member

Your Support Can Help Get Every Woman Housed

The increasing rates of homelessness for women in Los Angeles County have been outpacing men since 2013. Yet, resources to provide for these women still remain limited. Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is using your generosity to change lives. 

In the next year, DWC is opening two new residential developments, one in North Hollywood and one in Van Nuys. With your help, up to 100 more women will have safety and security, receiving case management services and peer support. For $15,000, you can fund all the services to support a resident for an entire year and empower a previously unhoused woman to start a new, more empowering chapter of her life. 

Key Supporters

Elizabeth Karatz Faraut
Marylouise Oates and Robert Shrum
Scott and Diane Weingarten
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Vera R. Campbell Foundation
Joanna Perlman
Crawford Family Foundation
Eleanor and Glenn Padnick
Eileen and Bob O’Leary
Silton Family Foundation
The Ronus Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Shelli Herman and Stewart Gleischman
Sara and Sam Brenner
Wendy Lees and Tom Boyle
Kristen Stewart
The Rose Hills Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Maria Bamford
Wurwand Foundation