Sometimes the hardest part of getting help is finding out where to go and whom to ask. WRC staff help women navigate the often confusing network of social supports available in the county. We are often the first place a woman seeks information. We guarantee a friendly voice, a warm smile and a safe environment for those who approach us for help in finding the resources they need.
Drop in any time!
You do NOT need an appointment to visit with a Women’s Resource Center staff person. You can drop in any time we’re open. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
What we’ll do to help you
We believe strongly that if women know about and use the resources in our community, they can help themselves. When you visit us, we will help you to:
- Identify all barriers that are getting in the way of your success;
- Effectively and accurately diagnose, clarify and prioritize your needs;
- Create an action plan for you to follow;
- Connect you to accurate and up-to-date community services they may need;
- Use social services and non-profit community resources so that you succeed.
By providing a holistic approach to resource-referral and problem-solving, we hope to reduce the amount of time and frustration you may spend seeking help on your own, and in so doing, empower you to find the resources you need to take care of yourself and your family. Empowered women who are economically self-sufficient are more able to contribute meaningfully to the community as responsible citizens.
Our Defining Characteristic: How We Accomplish Our Goal
Women’s Resource Center staff and volunteers:
- Continually research, compile, and update information on the community’s hundreds of human services agencies and resources. We believe the Women’s Resource Center has the most comprehensive and up-to-date compilation of community resources and services in Southwest Colorado. Many nonprofit and government agencies send their clients to the Women’s Resource Center because of the depth and breadth of our knowledge about services available in the community.
- Work with other agencies to understand their referral requirements. For example, the Women’s Resource Center invites partner agency representatives to staff meetings each month for in-depth discussions about programs, who qualifies for their services, and the best way to refer women to their services.
- Engage each woman in a discussion about her life and current situation. Staff help women diagnose the root causes of their challenges, then identify at least three resources that they contact themselves as part of a plan of action that we develop with them. We do not obtain resources directly for our clients. Rather, we empower them to obtain direct services for themselves, armed with the information we provide them.
- Connect women with WRC volunteer mentors through our “30-Minute Expert” Program for help with résumé writing or job-search and interview skills.
- Provide women with free access to phones, FAX and copy machines, and a computer to assist with job searches.
- Provide assistance five days a week as the only drop-in resource and referral center in La Plata County. Women do not need to make an appointment or meet any qualifications to receive our services.
Empowering Women, Changing Lives:
As a result of our assistance, clients find the resources they need to:
- Feed, clothe and shelter themselves and their families.
- Develop job-search skills, including résumé writing and interviewing.
- Attain access to job training or continuing education, including completion of a GED or post-secondary education.
- Negotiate the maze of child-custody and divorce laws or acquire other legal services.
- Access health care for themselves or their children.
- Obtain support for sexual assault and/or domestic violence.
- Learn about opportunities to volunteer for other agencies to fulfill community service requirements.
- Find resources to start their own businesses, including consultations in our center with Fort Lewis College’s Small Business Development Center representatives or loans through our own microloan program
- Find the company of other women for support, mentoring or socializing.
- Access the many other community services that they might require to become economically self-sufficient.