Lisa Watson Works to End Homelessness for Women

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Lisa Watson has received awards for her outstanding contributions to the community in which she lives, including being named "woman of the year," which is fitting tribute for someone who has made a career of protecting and caring for women. In the 1990s she traveled to both Croatia and Kuwait, setting up supportive services for victims of sexual assault. Once back in the states she used that experience as the director of a rape crisis center. Later, while working at the YWCA, she started a drop-in center to provide job training, childcare and domestic violence protection services to women living in extreme poverty. Most recently, and for the past 10 years, Watson has been the head of the Downtown Women's Center, which is "nationally recognized as a prototype for other programs put in place to meet the unique needs of homeless women." It's estimated that the Day Center provides meals, housing, health, education and other services to 2,500 women per year, making it possible for them to heal and helping them to gain control of their lives and setting them on the path to self sufficiency. Find out more about origin of the Downtown Women's Center, including how one woman "withdrew her life savings" to make the center a reality and how you can get involved or give to this worthy organization.

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