We Are All LA: a socially conscious business network to end women's homelessness through jobs

submission by Downtown Women's Center

About Your Organization

Organization name(s):

Downtown Women's Center

Organization website:

http://www.DWCweb.org/

Organization Twitter handle:

http://www.twitter.com/DWCweb

Organization Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/DWCweb

Organization Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com@DWCweb

Describe your organization (check only one):

Nonprofit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Individual

Please Describe Yourself (check only one):

Solo actor (just us on this project!)

Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)

Collaboration (partners are signed up and ready to hit the ground running!)

IN ONE SENTENCE, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES.

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DWC transforms women’s lives through permanent supportive housing, helpful resources, and advocating for ending homelessness.

In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.

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DWC leverages the power of for-profit/non-profit partnerships to work toward ending homelessness for women in Los Angeles.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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A diverse city deserves a diverse workforce. @DWCweb connects local businesses to give homeless women a second chance. #WeAreLA

DOES YOUR PROJECT IMPACT LOS ANGELES COUNTY? Check only one.

Yes (benefits all of LA County)

Yes (benefits a region of LA County)

Yes (benefits a population of LA County)

No

Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit? Check all that apply.

Central LA

East LA

South LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South Bay

Westside

Other:

If other, please specify.:

Skid Row

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA/PROJECT IN MORE DETAIL?

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The homeless population in LA County is 58,000 and growing. Concentrated in large part on Skid Row, nearly 1/4 are women.

Many of these cases of homelessness can be solved with employment. Through our Education and Job Readiness Program, 25 of our participants have re-entered the labor force just in the first half of 2014. We have achieved this thanks to strategic partnerships with businesses in downtown LA.

Because we know that the creative power of the non-profit/for-profit partnership is great, our proposed strategy is to create a coalition of socially conscious local businesses that will lend its strength to one of the city's vulnerable populations.

WHAT WILL YOU DO TO IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA/PROJECT?

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1. Build a business coalition
2. Place participants in jobs
3. Provide support to employers and employees to ensure job retention

In order to facilitate employment opportunities for women who have experienced homelessness, we will launch a DWC-led business coalition. We will leverage our established partnerships and cultivate new relationships with local businesses who understand that a strong economy is necessarily inclusive. Together, we will proactively shape the economy our community wants to see in Los Angeles in 2050. DWC’s business coalition will serve as advocates to end homelessness in the Downtown Los Angeles community, train and/or employ homeless women, and leverage their networks to grow the coalition.

We will catalyze action among business leaders through convenings that will facilitate dialogue and brainstorm business-smart solutions to employ program participants. The collective of social-conscientious and business-savvy leaders will help us ensure that we train our participants in the skills most in demand, and that we approach job placement in the most effective way. Our partners will provide job opportunities for our women, provide participants with specialized training in specific industries, and help us expand our network. We will hold a quarterly convening for prospective local business partners to meet with our long-time partners and learn of the strategies and benefits of employing DWC participants.

To support these efforts and put more women back to work, DWC will also grow our extensive Education and Job Readiness programming. Homeless and extremely low-income women will participate in enrichment classes that ignite their creative and enterprising spirit such as product design, candle-making, and the art of baking. We will also offer job counseling, and workshops that promote technological proficiency and teach essential skills like resume building and critical thinking.

DWC will not only connect women with employment, but provide ongoing support to participants and employers to ensure job retention. Participants will be hired and/or trained in our café and boutique and also by diverse partners like Bloomingdales, the Music Center, and local small businesses like the Pie Hole and Groundwork Coffee. Additionally, places like LAX and Bloomingdale’s will carry products created by our participants, MADE by DWC. Over the next 12 months, we will aim to place 60 women in jobs or internships.

HOW WILL YOUR IDEA/PROJECT HELP MAKE LA THE BEST PLACE TO CREATE TODAY? IN 2050?

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The core of creation is the exercise of agency. DWC’s Education and Job Readiness Program empowers women to exercise their agency while our proposed local business coalition encourages businesses to emerge as leaders in the community by effecting positive change. The task at hand is to create the city we envision for 2050 and this project represents a strategic way to engage the wielders of power and the disenfranchised to move forward—together—to make a better LA.

In addition to job placement in creative enterprises, DWC’s Education and Job Readiness Program offers a variety of opportunities for participants to express their creativity as they ready themselves for the workforce, engaging in artistic activities such as the repurposing of old books into journals, creating charming tea-cup candles, manufacturing scented soaps, and other hand-made products that are then sold as the MADE by DWC product line. We have also recently launched a new creative initiative for our participants in which women create designs featured on products like tote bags and prints with the guidance of professional artists. As part of our social enterprise, these products would be manufactured locally and distributed nationally to help sustain the very enrichment programs that yielded the designs. By 2050, our social enterprise alone may be employing dozens of DWC participants in the designing, manufacturing, and distribution of our MADE by DWC product line, and our business coalition will have powered the employment of the women who currently avail themselves of our services.

WHOM WILL YOUR PROJECT BENEFIT? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.

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This project will directly benefit homeless women on Skid Row. There are 58,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, and most of that population is concentrated in downtown Los Angeles. Women make up almost a quarter Los Angeles’ homeless. The women DWC serve include war veterans, older women who find themselves homeless after their spouse passes, victims of the economic downturn, and trauma survivors. The 2013 Needs Assessment, conducted by the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition, surveyed women on Skid Row to get a better idea of the services needed. Employment opportunities ranked among the highest needed resource in Skid Row. Computer classes and educational opportunities also ranked high on the list of needs for women in our community.

DWC aims to provide safety and basic needs to all our participants, and once those urgencies are met, we also want our participants to strive to thrive. Our proposed program provides targeted services that meet the specific educational and vocational needs women have voiced. We believe in them and believe that more empowered women means a stronger society, and more self-sufficient women leads to a stronger economy.

Our proposed solution is the beginning of what we believe to be necessary long-term, systemic change, involving the community as a whole and not just service agencies. Businesses who partner with us will benefit as they take positive action toward a better future while gaining networking opportunities and receiving one-on-one support from DWC and other experienced business partners to help them manage employees from this unique population.

The greatest benefit in the long run, however, will be for Los Angeles as a whole, as the city cannot hope to prosper with 58,000 of its people languishing in extreme poverty. We are all LA.

How will your project impact the LA2050 "CREATE" metrics?

Employment in creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high-growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates at local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Other:

If other, please specify.:

Rates of homelessness

Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.:

This program creates access to jobs for the most vulnerable population in Los Angeles, shrinks they Gini coefficient by targeting the most extreme poverty, and empowers local businesses to shape the culture and economic growth in downtown Los Angeles.

We do not limit our project to the impact metrics stated, however. This project will build community among downtown Los Angeles businesses and bridge the gap between them and growing homeless population on Skid Row, very positive first steps in achieving a more equitable Los Angeles and a more socially conscious city economy. Furthermore, the impact on the individuals participating is immense as this programming not just helps place women in employment, but lays the necessary groundwork for any future endeavor: self-efficacy and self-worth. Connecting with the larger community and learning new skills changes the world for a participant.

Our project also fulfills many of the metrics in the “Live” category because for our target population, the needs for housing, healthy food, and mental and physical healthcare need to be met before any higher-level needs can be pursued. This year, DWC will provide more than 100,000 meals, 119 units of permanent supportive housing, and a wide range of supportive services to more than 4,000 homeless and extremely low-income women on downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

DWC also meets metrics in the “Connect” category. In 2013, nearly 4,300 individuals volunteered over 30,000 hours, an amount equal to almost 15 full-time employees and over half a million dollars. Groups from dozens of corporations come to volunteer as teams for service days, meal preparation, and enrichment workshops. Our proposed business coalition, like our greatly successful volunteer program, will not only be creating a network of local businesses but also a bridge between two disparate communities: homeless women and business leaders.

PLEASE IDENTIFY ANY PARTNERS OR COLLABORATORS WHO WILL WORK WITH YOU ON THIS PROJECT.

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Confirmed partners include Strategic Action for a Just Economy, Groundwork Coffeee, Bloomingdale’s, Evy, UCLA School of Nursing, Dr. J’s Vibrant Café, The Pie Hole, ROC-LA, and LA Kitchen. We are aiming to forge partnerships with Farmer John, Charlie’s Brownies, Sonax Behrouzon’s Printing Company, Povertees, Nancy Clark (Designer), The Giving Keys, Wells Fargo, Dean Management, LLC, Manifesto Café, Wurstkuche, and Piece by Piece.

We have worked with our established partners in a variety of ways. Some partners offer specialized training in their industry, others offer paid positions or give special consideration to our participants in their staffing searches. We are looking to expand these past partnerships as well as create new partnerships to help us improve our job readiness programming, amplifying our impact in terms of job placement, and offering the added benefit of networking and creative brainstorming among our partners as they seek to grow themselves.

In harnessing the power of collaboration for our business coalition, three factors will be critical to our success. The contribution of expertise and network of our current partners is of utmost importance to the success of our initiative, as is effective and engaging training and workshops that help women stay on track in their personal stability and in their path toward self-sufficiency. Lastly, because a growth initiative like this one often takes a backseat to programming upkeep, funding for this innovation is crucial.

PLEASE SELECT WHICH OTHER LA2050 GOALS ARE RELEVANT TO YOUR PROJECT OR ORGANIZATION (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY):

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to CONNECT

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

LA is the best place to PLAY

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE YOUR PROJECT.

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We will measure success by evaluating the following: the number of participating businesses, number of positions made available for women, and number of women who become employed. During the grant period, we will aim to place 60 women in jobs or internships and connect with 20 new business partners. 75% of women placed in full or part-time employment will stay employed for six months or longer; 50% of those women will stay employed for at least a year. 90% of women placed in training will complete their programs.

DWC program staff have systems in place to meticulously track all our participant numbers and meet regularly to discuss benchmarks, challenges, and successes. In addition, we also measure the success of a program based on the progress of a participant. That progress is tracked through one-on-one case management sessions, in which certain key areas are evaluated. Our Impact Metrics evaluate participants’ progress in basic needs fulfillment, utilization of medical services, income management, presence of social network, sense of self-worth/ purpose, and management of mental health and/or substance abuse. Measurements of these areas are based on observational data gathered at the start of receiving services and every six months subsequently.

WHAT TWO LESSONS HAVE INFORMED YOUR SOLUTION OR PROJECT?

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Solutions must be integrated into the fabric of the economy—not just stand outside aiding those who have been expelled from it. DWC has been advocating for homeless women since 1978. We know that permanent supportive housing and wraparound services are effective long-term solutions. We also know that it is monumentally important to foster a sense of dignity and respect among our participants and that systemic change is required for a permanent end to homelessness.

As mentioned above, we have a number of current businesses who partner with DWC to employ women who have experienced homelessness. We have found this experience to be mutually beneficial, as the women enter the workforce with the support of DWC and their employer, while the employer has an opportunity to continue to grow their business while working toward reducing the impact of homelessness and extreme poverty in their community.

In addition, one of DWC’s volunteer-led enrichment programs, Whole Women Saturdays, has been a tremendously successful endeavor that allows participants to go out into the community to meet business leaders. We have found that this aids not just in increasing a sense of community, but also in better understanding where resources in the neighborhood are, and in igniting the spark of enterprise through conversations about the successes of local businesses. The enthusiasm our participants have shown for this program has encouraged us to seek more opportunities to connect participants to businesses and has hinted at how business leaders might help empower our participants to move forward on their paths toward self-sufficiency.

Furthermore, we have learned that businesses are very interested in supporting us because we see their active participation through volunteerism in a wide range of capacities: from tutors to cooks, individuals and groups from prominent businesses in Los Angeles volunteer at DWC every day to make its day to day workings run smoothly. Just in 2013, 4,300 people volunteered over 30,000 hours, which is equal to almost 15 full-time employees and over half a million dollars! And our volunteer groups constantly express the desire to do more. If we have the ability to harness the power of volunteerism to this degree, we are confident that we will be successful in channeling that energy towards a local business coalition that can have such a meaningful impact on the lives of our participants and effect truly systemic change in our community.

EXPLAIN HOW IMPLEMENTING YOUR PROJECT WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS IS AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL.

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DWC has been a pioneer, creating what is now considered the best-practice model for serving homeless women. Our recent successes includes expanding our permanent supportive housing from 47 to 119 units in 2010, and in 2013, obtaining the California’s “Nonprofit of the Year” title, conferred by Governor Brown for our ability to leverage volunteers in service of our organization.

In addition to our 36 years of experience, we have been successful in implementing our Education and Job Readiness Program, reaching over 1,000 women in 2013 through offering 90 computer classes, 83 job readiness classes, and 344 job counseling sessions. We have also already secured the support of 10 business organizations, among which are Bloomingdale’s and Strategic Action for a Just Economy. We are confident that in the 12-month grant period, we will be able to exponentially increase the number of business partners and their buy-in, thereby resulting in more jobs helping formerly homeless women move toward personal stability.

PLEASE LIST AT LEAST TWO MAJOR BARRIERS/CHALLENGES YOU ANTICIPATE. WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY FOR ENSURING A SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION?

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Through our business coalition, we aim to overcome the challenge of businesses being unwilling to consider women who have been homeless for employment. In the execution of this project, we anticipate facing challenges that typically affect our population because of the nature of their situation: housing instability, health problems, difficulties with performing, and emotional roadblocks. To overcome these challenges, our Job Development team will provide assistance both to the employer and the employee, facilitating dialogue and problem solving in situations of conflict. We will provide trainings for new business partners, and connect them to long-time partners within the business coalition who are also able to offer peer support. We will thus leverage our current partnerships to help efficiently create new and successful ones. Lastly, because our proposed project makes part of a larger net of services provided to homeless women, the support we give to participants of this project will always be holistic and address the multi-faceted challenges that go along with extreme poverty.

WHAT RESOURCES DOES YOUR PROJECT NEED? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Discussion
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THIS is what our community really needs! DWC does such amazing work in the downtown community and for each and every woman who walks through its doors. Help DWC open new doors! The job training program is uniquely designed to break barriers to employment in this community.

by runitsnui
over 1 year ago

WE

by lixacornejo
over 1 year ago

This is most necessary. Thank you DWC for the work that you are doing. A community is that much stronger when it's women feel empowered. Volunteers needed email and I'd love to assist where I can-constancejaquay@gmail.com

by constancejaquay
over 1 year ago

DWC empowers and advocates for thousands of women a year. They are changing the face of homelessness for women and changing their lives everyday, either by finding them a new home or finding job or finding them a job. This place changes lives of women in need!!

by laureem
over 1 year ago

The most cost effective way to "get to work" is telecommuting, especially for anyone who doesn't own a car. Vulnerable women may also benefit from distance from coworkers with questionable social skills, who are better on email than in person. Unfortunately I've known a few startup-wannabe brogrammers who are better just kept away from all female coworkers altogether. We should all work professionally together!
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by jaredhardy
over 1 year ago

I

by dwcginam
over 1 year ago

More jobs for more women=everybody wins!

by angie.kamel
over 1 year ago

Thanks again, DWC, for all of the hard work that you do!

by AmyFaye
over 1 year ago

DWC is working daily to end homelessness for women.

by ellen.tatum.3
over 1 year ago

The Downtown Women's Center vision to support the employment of hundreds of homeless women by securing job opportunities with local small businesses WILL directly strengthen the growth of Los Angeles' economy in 2050. #BuildYourWorldofGOOD #WeAreAllLA #BeAGOODMaker

by VeroConSalsa
over 1 year ago

I think it is such a great idea to collaborate with businesses and business-minded folks to solve social justice issues! And the idea of having women design tote bags and other goodies is AWESOME! Yay DWC!

by mariagguerra
over 1 year ago

DWC is an incredible organization- VOTE DWC!

by biancad1234
over 1 year ago

I love DWC! They are doing their part to end homelessness and empower women!

by steese
over 1 year ago

When this video was filmed, there were 25 women who had been hired with the support of DWC...now it is 34!!!! #itisourtime #morejobs4women #jobs #createjobs

by Zanetas
over 1 year ago

Although the competition is quite stiff this year I am confident that all the good work that the Job Developer is doing at DWC is sure to secure 1st Place
Perhaps even 2nd place as well

by cindybirchall
over 1 year ago

I love DWC!

by teressapercell
over 1 year ago

Our DWC's mission is to creating future and hope for women to be off the street and build self-sufficiency.

by ampaipantanwong
over 1 year ago

Go Team DWC! Keep up the good work!

by zanin
over 1 year ago

I am proud to cast my vote for DWC!

by munirepak
over 1 year ago

I have worked directly with this organization I can attest to the fortitude of the women they serve and how eager they are for advanced #opportunity. #WeAreAllLA

by jenna.a.stevenson@gmail.com
over 1 year ago

It is so exciting to see individuals excitement and pride as they return back to the workforce!

by downtownl
over 1 year ago

I am privileged to be apart of a life changing organization.. I am proud to say I work at DWC!!!!.... What a great way to give back....I couldn't think of a better cause!!!

by DanaC1978
over 1 year ago

DWC brings hope to the community!

by veena.manohar.16
over 1 year ago

An amazing organization that is so deserving of this award. ONE LOVE DWC

by danidublinski
over 1 year ago

Can't think of a better cause! The two women in this film are so inspiring! Thank you DWC for making a difference in so many lives.

by amyturk
over 1 year ago

I love DWC!!

by elizabethn
over 1 year ago

I am proud to support the great work of DWC - an organization that is ending homelessness for women through housing, jobs, and so much more!

by mollymoen
over 1 year ago

I am so proud to cast my vote for MADE by DWC which is clearly changing women’s lives in downtown LA!

by jasmina.zuljevic
over 1 year ago

This video had me in tears -- so privileged to support this great cause and the women who are finding jobs thanks to MADE by DWC.

by carlamaria
over 1 year ago

This is a heartwarming video, clearly backed by a passionate team of advocates who are truly invested in making a difference in LA and the world. I'm happy to vote for an organization that embodies the hope and mutual respect that will guide LA into a better and brighter future for ALL of its people.

by juliakdopp
over 1 year ago

I was so inspired by this video and Norma's story! Thank you DWC for the work you do to light up our city. Sharing the link now so others can vote!

by Ann-SophieM
over 1 year ago

A few months back, I took a tour of DWC and served lunch there. I was very impressed of how they come alongside women, no matter the circumstances, to create sustainable change in their life!

by kswat87
over 1 year ago

If you've ever walked into DWC, you are immediately taken aback by the warmth and community that has been built there. The work that they do truly changes lives, and this award would give them so much more momentum to continue doing the good work! I wish I could vote over and over for DWC!

by camillec123
over 1 year ago

I am a proud part of the DWC community!

by SarahCMSW
over 1 year ago

DWC stands by their mission and values and IS ending homelessness one job at a time! Keep up the excellent work :-)

by stephaniesteese
over 1 year ago

Such a beautiful and heartwarming video! You have 100 percent of my support in ending homelessness. Keep up the excellent work :-)

by stephysteph
over 1 year ago

This is such a touching video. I elect DWC with the utmost confidence that with our support they will reach their goals of bringing more job resources and opportunity to women seeking employment in Los Angeles.

by denarie
over 1 year ago

This is such a touching video. I elect DWC with the utmost confidence that with our support they will reach their goals of bringing more job training and placement opportunities to the women of Los Angeles.

by denarie
over 1 year ago

Although there are many deserving organizations and projects in this category, I am privileged to cast my vote and encourage others to vote for DWC. They are doing an important work and the fruit of their labor is evident. I have hired a few of the women who are in their career development program, and I could to be more pleased or proud about my decision. They are all delightful, hard working and driven employees who are spirited, humble and gracious...valuable additions to our staff. We will continue to support DWC in concrete ways, I wish them well in this endeavor and hope they receive more funds to continue their empowering work and service.

by carole.vanbrunt
over 1 year ago

Yay for DWC!!

by redisalive84
over 1 year ago

I am thrilled to support DWC. They have transformed so many women's lives through the work they do. Thanks to them, I truly believe that we can end homelessness for women. And initiatives like this one can and WILL help make it happen!

by Sweetsoph
over 1 year ago

The Downtown Women's Center is such a huge light in the center of our city. I am amazed by the compassion and heart I have seen in this organization - and I have every confidence that with a grant like this they will not only continue to make LA a better place, but also play a huge role in ending homelessness for good!

by samchaffin
over 1 year ago

Such power and effectiveness!!!!

by southernmuffin
over 1 year ago

The Downtown Women's Center and MADE are proven, effective organizations and I have tons of confidence in this program. Good luck!

by rozmurph
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for your support, runitsnui! Don't forget to share #WeAreAllLA!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Hi constancejaquay - thank you so much for voting and reaching out! We'd love to have you volunteer with us! Please visit www.dwcweb.org/volunteer to find more information about how you can get involved, and fill out our online application to be contacted with opportunities. Thank you for your interest and support!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for your vote, laureem! Don't forget to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for your vote, angie.kamel! It's true, everybody wins! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank YOU, AmyFaye, for your incredible support and your vote! We hope you'll spread the word online and off to all your friends!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Yes we are! Thanks so much for your vote, ellen.tatum.3!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for your vote, VeroConSalsa! We love your enthusiasm, and hope you'll spread the word on Facebook and Twitter! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for voting, mariagguerra! We're so excited about collaborating with our local businesses! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you for voting, biancad1234! Don't forget to tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter to vote for us!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for your vote, steese! We hope you'll spread the word using #WeAreAllLA!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

YES! We couldn't be more excited about it!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, cindybirchall! We're so happy to have your vote!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for voting, teressapercell! We love you, too!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you for voting, ampaipantanwong! We are so grateful for your support.

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks, zanin! We're glad to have your support, and we hope you'll share this voting page with your friends and family!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for your vote, munirepak! Don't forget to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for voting, jenna.a.stevenson! We're proud to have you as part of our team. Don't forget to spread the word about voting on- and off-line!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you so much, downtownl! Our ladies are inspiring to us every day, and we are so proud to see all they accomplish! We hope you'll spread the word via Facebook and Twitter!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

We are privileged to have you, DanaC1978! Thank you for your vote, and for all you do!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for your support, veena.manohar.16! We hope you'll spread the word on social media about voting this weekend! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for voting, danidublinski! We love that - #OneLoveDWC! (P.S. don't forget to share this page with your friends on social media!)

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you for your vote, amyturk! We are proud to have your support. #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

We love you, too, elizabethn! Please don't forget to share with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter! Every vote helps!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for voting, mollymoen! We appreciate all you do for DWC and our amazing women.

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, jasmina.zuljevic! We are proud to have your support! Don't forget to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks, carlamaria! We are privileged to have your support.

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you so much for your support, juliakdopp!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing, Ann-SophieM!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, kswat87, for visiting and voting! We are so grateful for your support and kind words - and we hope you'll return to our center soon and invite your friends!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you for your amazing support, camillec123! And don't forget, you can help us get more votes by sharing with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

We're proud to have you, SarahCMSW! Thanks for your vote!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks, stephaniesteese! We're so happy to have your support! Don't forget to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter using #WeAreAllLA!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks, stephysteph! We love having you on our team of supporters! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, denarie! We so appreciate your support, and we hope you'll share with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Carole.vanbrunt, we are so encouraged by your words, and we truly value your support - both for our LA2050 submission and in our workforce development programming. Thank you so much, and we hope you will share your DWC experience with your friends and family, and encourage them to vote!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks for your enthusiasm, redisalive84! Don't forget to share this page with your friends on Facebook and Twitter using #WeAreAllLA!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thanks, Sweetsoph! It's because of supporters like you that we are able to continue to fight to end homelessness for good! #WeAreAllLA

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, samchaffin! We work hard every day toward a future without homelessness, and your vote will help get us there!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, southernmuffin! Don't forget to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

Thank you, rozmurph! We're so happy to have your support!

by Downtown Women's Center
over 1 year ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Submission Ended
Thursday, July 31, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Voting Began
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Voting Ended
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Streetcraft LA
Streetcraft LA

Winner Announced
Tuesday, September 30, 2014