The YWCA works with a variety of community partners in order to ensure that women, children and families who have experienced trauma, violence or other difficult life experiences, overcome these challenges, heal, and feel empowered.
Art with Patty
Patty Villegas is a community volunteer who has been organizing art projects with the families of the YWCA of San Diego for several years. We are so thankful for the work that she has been doing with our families and her commitment to the organization.
A.R.T.S. A Reason to Survive
Transforming Kids' Lives Through Free Arts Programs. Founded in 2001, ARTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization driven by people who believe in the power of the arts to heal, inspire and empower. ARTS focuses their services on children (age 3 to 18) facing many types of life challenges. ARTS does this with a growing staff and dedicated volunteers - these creative, committed and passionate people have allowed ARTS to help more than 25,000 kids in its first 6 years. ARTS currently serves thousands of kids annually throughout San Diego County at the Pat D'Arrigo ARTS Center and various partner sites. ARTS services are FREE to children who qualify. There is no charge to a child, family, partner site or service provider. For more information, please visit www.artsurvive.org.
As a way to promote literacy and develop a network of support, the YWCA hosts a book club where clients read a variety of genres: poetry, fiction, self help, inspirational/motivational, historical, romance, biographies, science fiction and mystery. Discussions are then held to promote a wide variety of expression and ideas
Instructors of all forms of dance, from modern to Zumba, work with our clients to help them express themselves,reach a higher level of fitness, meet new people and have a lot of fun!
Integrative Health Night
Specialists in acupuncture, energy healing, and massage therapy offer our clients a holistic and therapeutic way to heal the body.
Tish McAllise Sjoberg, M.A., Expressive Arts Therapist, uses the arts with women and teens to help them communicate, build relationships, and find resources within themselves to create change. Expressive Arts offers a vacation from the stresses in life, by building skills in using the art materials that help build creative confidence, and providing a pleasurable vehicle to work with every day challenges. Expressive Arts Therapy and Coaching is a discipline of helping and healing that uses all the arts (visual, movement, writing, drama and music) as its basis for discovery and changing lives. For more information, please visit www.ArtHelpsArtHeals.com.
Specialists work with our clients one-on-one to help them achieve conscious relaxation and stress reduction through meditation.
The Rainforest Art Project
The Rainforest Art Project is a nature-based, educational, healing arts program that inspires children; building a sense of pride and ownership through the creation of permanent ceramic and mosaic art. Children’s participation in mission based art activities encourages creative growth by allowing them to take part in developing their own artistic vision for their community. When students create art that is installed in a prominent public location, they develop a sense of pride and ownership. The Rainforest Project wants to encourage a new way of thinking, and broaden the younger generation’s perspective of the world; art as a way of life, not only as an expression. When students have a greater understanding and appreciation of nature, their minds and hearts open and they gain a greater sense of self and empathy for others. For more information, please visit www.childrensrainforest.com.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society Animal Safehouse Program
Created in 1997, the award winning Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) was the third program of its kind in the nation. Their life-saving program is committed to breaking the cycle of violence. Victims of domestic violence and their children will often stay with a batterer because they fear their pet will be neglected, injured or killed if left behind. Concern for a beloved companion animal's welfare prevents or delays more than 50% of battered individuals from escaping domestic abuse, continuing to endanger themselves, their children and their pets. The Animal Safehouse Program provides a support service to domestic violence shelters which are unable to accept pets. They provide temporary shelter for the pets of victims of domestic violence, allowing battered individuals to escape abuse and seek safety. Because of this assistance, no one is forced to choose between abandoning a beloved pet and staying in an abusive relationship. With help from the Animal Safehouse Program, survivors and their children can seek shelter, medical treatment and counseling, knowing their pets are safe. For more information, please visit www.rchumanesociety.org.
Resounding Joy, Inc.
Resounding Joy, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which provides recreational music and music therapy services throughout San Diego County. Their mission is to promote emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being through supportive music. Resounding Joy uses principles and approaches developed from professional music therapy practice to train non-musician volunteers (Joy Givers) to provide supportive music services to adults and children with special needs (Joy Receivers). Resounding Joy builds partnerships among faith-based and community-based organizations and accepts Joy Receiver referrals from any source. Resounding Joy’s Noelle Pederson, MT-BC, has facilitated Resounding Joy music therapy sessions since January 2008. For more information, please visitwww.resoundingjoyinc.org.
The Soul Care Project
The Soul Care Project supports women affected by domestic violence and homelessness. They exist to remind these women of their beauty and strength, and to create energy for change by inspiring hope and restoring dignity. They do that by offering a variety of events, classes and workshops which focus on creative expression, physical health, psycho-education, relaxation, meditation and social interaction. These activities are lead by women (professionals in their fields or experienced volunteers), who share their perspective that, whatever our life circumstances, we are more alike than we are different. We are mothers, wives, women, each with our own story and struggles. The goal is to offer a safe, authentic community of supporters, who walk alongside, equipping and empowering women in need.
Speak For Success Women’s Leadership Institute
The Speak for Success Women's Leadership Institute provides coaching and training to domestic violence survivors to help them rebuild their self-confidence, self-esteem, and rediscover their direction and purpose in life. By learning public speaking and other important communication skills, graduates of this program can stand up and speak out as advocates for the prevention of domestic violence and other important issues. Through their monthly community outreach programs, they educate and empower others and are inspiring role models for their families and women everywhere. The Women's Leadership Institute is proud to partner with the YWCA to help empower women to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.speakforsuccesswomenleaders.org.
Yoga is offered to our clients as a way to attain relaxation, improved health and well being.