Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

DWC is recognized as a pioneer in ending homelessness for women. We’d love to share some of our recent accolades with you.


Alston & Bird 2015 Featured Nonprofit Organization

Los Angeles Business Journal presents the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Award for DWC’s Women’s Health Center

National Association of Professional Organizers’ “Organizing Excellence in Community Service” Award

Peace Over Violence’s 2015 “Collaborate Over Violence” Award – Associate Director of Health and Wellness Programs Sarah Callender

Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH)’s Bright Lights “Resident Services” Award – Senior Resident Manager Tanja Dinwiddie


California Preservation Foundation’s 31st Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation – Project Home

Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation’s Halo Award – DWC Volunteer Program and Volunteer Lisa Napoli

Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s “Woman of the Year” – Board Member Kathy Suto

Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH)’s Bright Lights “Resident Services” Award – CTI Program Manager Martha Delgado


California’s Nonprofit of the Year – Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award

Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH)’s Bright Lights “Unsung Hero” Award – Senior Resident Manager Angelia Pettiford


Downtown News’s Central City East 11th Annual Downtowners of Distinction Award

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)’s inaugural Community Partnership Award

Los Angeles Magazine’s Top 50 Women Changemakers – CEO Lisa Watson


Los Angeles Business Journal’s Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Corporation for Supportive Housing’s California Quality in Design Award – Project Home

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Award – Project Home

KCET Local Hero Award – CEO Lisa Watson

2011 Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Awardee – CEO Lisa Watson


Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow – Executive Director Lisa Watson

Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute Fellow – Senior Director of Programs & Community Education Monica Martinez


Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Neighborhood Builder Award

Friends In Deed in Pasadena opens a drop-in Day Center modeled on the Downtown Women’s Center, joining organizations in San Francisco and San Jose, California, Amarillo, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, who have utilized DWC as a prototype


Downtown News’s “Best Way to Help the Homeless” – Volunteering at DWC

Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s “Woman of the Year” – DWC Executive Director Lisa Watson


Downtown News’s “Best Philanthropic 2 Hours” – Volunteer Cooking Club

Sunshine Lady – Continuing Services Director Mina Kedar recognized for her work with survivors of domestic violence

DWC Awards