Creating a safe, healthy community in Skid Row
Health & Wellness Program
Our Health & Wellness Program includes a Day Center, our Women’s Health Clinic, and our Bridge Housing Program services.
DWC Day Center
Our Day Center is the entry point for our women-centered services and the hub of our healthy community. It provides a safe space for women in the heart of the Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Women who come through our doors have access to:
- 3 nutritious meals daily.
- Clean bathrooms and showers.
- Changes of clothes, including clean socks and underwear.
- A mailing address to receive mail.
- A safe place to rest and socialize with other women.
- One-on-one case management, provided through our Clinical Services Program.
DWC Women's Health Clinic
Our Women’s Health Clinic, operated in partnership with the John Wesley Community Health Institute (JWCH), is the only women’s clinic in all of Skid Row. We provide primary care, STD and HIV testing, tuberculosis and cancer screenings, vaccinations, mammograms, and physical as well as mental health assessments.
Our exceptionally-trained staff also focus on preventative care to reduce diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and other chronic diseases. Clinic offerings are further supplemented with self-care and health education workshops, fitness classes, and enrichment activities.
Women experiencing homelessness frequently have unique healthcare needs that are unmet by existing healthcare systems. Providing these services in a women-only environment is critical not only to ensuring that women receive the necessary care, but also to reducing the chance of re-traumatization for women who have experienced violence at the hands of men.
Bridge Housing Program
Launched in August 2019, our Bridge Housing Program provides critical overnight housing to 25 single, unaccompanied women who are in the process of securing permanent housing. Every night, staff and volunteers convert the Day Center into an area where the women can comfortably eat dinner, relax, and sleep indoors. One extra cot is always made available for emergency cases, while the other cots are reserved for the same 25 women each night.
Every woman in the Bridge Housing Program is paired with a Housing Case Manager with whom she meets regularly. Once someone secures permanent housing and moves out, another woman is able to take her spot!
IMPACT IN 2019
“I’ll never forget the day that I received my key to my new home. I opened the door to a clean, beautiful apartment that took me months to believe it was actually mine.”
VIKKI, A DWC RESIDENT