During this time, we would like to remind the community that Womankind is still here for you! Even though the delivery of our services has transitioned to phone and email (with the exception of our Residential Programs), we are committed as ever to continue providing the same high-quality critical services as before. Going remote allows us to collectively protect our staff and survivors’ mental and physical well-being as best as we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out.If you or someone you know is feeling unsafe, please reach out to our free and confidential helpline via call, chat, or text. Our team is standing by to serve you.
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While Womankind's headquarters and community offices are still closed until further notice, our staff continue to deliver undisrupted critical services virtually. Our Residential Programs have an intrepid team working on-site around the clock to ensure all residents are well supported and taken care of.
- The two emergency residences remain staffed and emergency services continue.
- For those seeking help for the first time, please call the helpline for details on available services. We encourage current survivors to contact their advocates directly.
- The Pathways to Healing group for survivors of sexual violence is now running virtually.
- Womankind has disbursed emergency cash assistance to many survivors and families in need.
- We have distributed food and personal protective equipment to survivors and frontline staff thanks to the generous contributions of in-kind donors.
- The legal team continues to assist with family law and legal immigration cases.
- The Pathways to Empowerment program is helping survivors avoid eviction and navigate rent-freeze requests.
- Active volunteers or those interested in volunteering can email Tiffany Zayas, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Care + Wellness Activities
For those of us who are finding ourselves suddenly spending more time than usual with our children or family, this period of social distancing and isolation can feel very overwhelming. Having such close contact throughout the day can create opportunities for frustration, misunderstanding, or even violence.If this is the new normal for you, try these activities our staff is doing to help maintain healthy relationships in the household. Please check back often for more ideas and resources!
From Rahnum, Helpline Manager
"As a working single mother of two children ages 10 and 13, I definitely find myself feeling quite overwhelmed, not only because I’m trying to balance my work and personal life, but also because I'm unable to maintain my usual routine. At times, this has made me feel very emotional, and I've had to raise my voice at my children.
To overcome these feelings and to maintain a healthy household, my children and I came up with an idea to turn my bedroom wall into a feelings wall. Every day, we draw and jot down our individual feelings and thoughts on a piece of paper. Then we post it on the wall and discuss.
We plan on doing this throughout the entire time we must social distance. The goal is to look at the wall when this is all over and reflect on how we were able to share our feelings and spend quality time together in a healthy way as a family, while being a part of a world dealing with a pandemic.
There are many parents out there who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home and earn income like me, but I recognize there are also many parents who have lost this ability due to the nature of their jobs. No matter what your situation is, I recommend practicing self-care and do positive activities together, so that you can help reduce stress and bring your family closer."