Human Services

The Women's Collective

  • Washington, DC
  • www.womenscollective.org

Mission Statement

The Women’s Collective (TWC) is a leading community health and human service agency in Washington, D.C. providing culturally-competent, girl- and woman-focused, and family-centered HIV/STD prevention, education, care, support, and advocacy services. Our mission is to empower women, girls, and their families by providing them with the skills and linkages to meet their self-defined needs, increase their access to care and support, and engage them so that they are best equipped to ‘own’ their health outcomes, improve their quality of life, and protect their rights.

As the only women- and girl-serving agency in the area, we are experienced at working with low income, disadvantaged, and marginalized women and girls ages 12+ across all wards of the District. TWC grew out of the life experience of the Founder/Executive Director, Patricia Nalls, a woman living with HIV/AIDS who used her personal story to create this unique organization and model of care. Since 1992, The Women’s Collective has engaged women and girls living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS in a variety of ways that respect their expertise, ideas, voices, needs, and experiences.

Main Programs

  1. Policy & Advocacy
  2. Care
  3. Prevention

service areas

District of Columbia

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ruling year

1995

chief executive

Ms. Patricia Nalls

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co-chief executive

Dr. Jennafer Kwait

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Keywords

HIV/AIDS, women, families, prevention, social services, advocacy, empowerment

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EIN

52-1929922

Physical Address

1331 Rhode Island Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20018 3706

Also Known As

TWC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

AIDS (G81)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Our model of service delivery and advocacy relies on the interaction and teamwork of each department and program within the agency and reflects our focus on moving clients along the continuum of care from early diagnosis to improved health outcomes. We evaluate programmatic outcomes on an on-going basis to ensure that we are achieving their stated goals and objectives.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Policy & Advocacy

The Women's Collective provides a broad range of services under our HIV Care Management and HIV Prevention programs, which include: Family-centered case management services; PWP, our prevention with positives program; Primary and secondary prevention interventions for Black women ages 12 and up; Comprehensive Risk Counseling nd Services; HIV counseling and testing; among others. In addition, TWC has developed a policy advocacy division that addresses local, state and national policy, which affects women and families. (More programming detail can be found at our website www.womenscollective.org.)

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Budget

$170,000.00

Population Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

People Living with HIV or AIDS - PLWHA

Blacks

Program 2

Care

Care programs at TWC entails a comprehensive array of services provided in support of women and girls living with HIV/AIDS and their families. It includes but is not limited to: medical case management services; prevention with positives program (skills building and one-on-one sessions); para-professional substance abuse counseling; peer-based support groups; treatment adherence support; health education sessions; family activities; and more.

Category

People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS

Budget

$400,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Blacks

None

Program 3

Prevention

Prevetnion programs at TWC entail the provision of several major efforts that include: HIV testing and linkage to care services; community health worker navigation servicesr, community level outreach for CTR recruitment and prevention education; skills building and risk reduction groups targeting young women ages 12+, often including kinship networks to enhance communication on sexual health; the provision of STD screening in conjunction with the Department of Health and the DC public school system; among other activities. All are designed to encourage women, girls and their partners to know their HIV status and take control of their health-with the goal to remain HIV free over their lifespan.

Category

At-Risk Populations

Budget

$450,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The five main goals of our integrated programs are to: 1) prevent new infections, 2) identify HIV-positive individuals sooner, 3) bring newly identified HIV-positive individuals into high quality care sooner, 4) support retention in care, and 5) reduce disparities among women and girls who are disproportionately affected by HIV disease via advocacy. Our model of service delivery and advocacy relies on the interaction and teamwork of each department and program within the agency. We evaluate programmatic outcomes on an on-going basis to ensure that we are achieving their stated goals and objectives.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We offer a wide range of services and programs across the prevention-to-care continuum that we have developed as strategies to meet our organizational goals.
    Our care department houses a variety of programs and support services, including medical case management (MCM); prevention with positives programming (PWP); community health worker (CHW) services to develop women’s readiness for, access to, and maintenance in appropriate HIV care services; treatment adherence support; peer-based mentoring; peer-based support groups; emergency assistance support; health education and health literacy skills-building; community kitchen and pantry; scholarships for higher education; and a resource room.
    Prevention focuses on the early identification of individuals with HIV setting in motion effective linkages to and retention in care and support via community health worker navigation services, while educating the community on prevention strategies and the importance of testing. Care provides comprehensive wrap-around services that include medical case management (MCM); treatment adherence support; peer-based mentoring and support groups; among others that address basic needs and support for a range of health and social issues. The policy and advocacy department takes a service-informed approach to effect change at local and national levels.
    We ensure that we provide services in a space that is woman- and girl-friendly environment, non-judgmental, is supportive and open because we know that culturally-rooted biases of all kinds can inhibit clear communication and may lead to adverse health outcomes. In communities of color, outreach, public information, workshops, and presentations have proven to be effective interventions when the program staff are peers who have similar backgrounds as the target population and if the programs are culturally-sensitive and appropriate. TWC provides services that are gender-specific and culturally-appropriate for the diverse women and girls served. We have learned from the women we serve how to improve our ability to reach them because we ensure our staff is diverse and our programs are peer-based in order to enhance effectiveness.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our vision and values shape who we are as an organization and helps to define our mission, philosophy, programs and services. Our collective vision and values drive all programmatic planning and decision-making. We are a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization led by women living with HIV and their allies/advocates. Our collective was created by and for women and girls living with or at risk HIV/AIDS. We are unique among AIDS service organizations in that we are woman-visioned, woman and girl-focused, woman-managed and woman-led. This means that we are an organization that has been conceived and brought to life by women, and that our energy and resources are focused on improving and empowering women’s lives. It also means we manage our day-to-day operations, and our programs and services are implemented by women for women whose lives have been dramatically changed by HIV/AIDS.

    Our philosophy is that every woman who walks through our door is equal, whether she is a client, staff member, Board member or volunteer. Women are not judged on the basis of their educational achievements or credentials, or their socio-economic background. We are comprised of women from all walks of life who have come through our door to be served as clients, or to serve in the role of staff or volunteer. Whether women have “book knowledge,” “street knowledge,” or both, their contribution to our work is genuinely valued. As a collective, we are motivated by a common interest, and we work together to achieve a common goal of serving the needs of women of color living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

    Staffing is diverse in terms of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, social economic status, educational level and professional experience. It includes women with a wide range of life experiences, skills and professional expertise, and includes those living with HIV/AIDS. Staff members possess a mix of technical, administrative, outreach and advocacy skills, as well as first hand knowledge of reaching out to women and girls. It is not unusual to find that women who started out as clients become a part of the staff. This is an example of the self-empowerment theme that we live out each day as part and parcel of our organization’s ethos.

    Many of the women and girls who work and volunteer at TWC are HIV positive and know firsthand how HIV/AIDS impacts women and their families. As peers, they bring a wealth of wisdom and sensitivity to the issues women face. As an organization, we are also supported by committed Board Members who are actively involved with the organization. They bring expertise, experience, creativity and wisdom to help staff reach greater numbers of women in need of support and care.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

District of Columbia

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Funding Needs

Funding for general support is always needed to sustain the work of the agency. In addition, funding for emergency needs of women and families and for our onsite Kitchen Pantry (food shelf) program is also needed.

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THE WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Women's Collective

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Patricia Nalls

co-chief executive

Dr. Jennafer Kwait

BIO

The Women's Collective is a unique organization, one created by a woman living with HIV/AIDS and run by women living with HIV/AIDS and their advocates. Ms. Nalls has been an advocate locally, nationally and internationally for women living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and their families. She has worked tirelessly to create a seamless web of services that are peer-based, woman-focused and family-centered. She has received dozens of awards and recognitions from the community and is a strong spokesperson for the issues women and families face when threatened by this disease.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"We are committed, first and foremost, to serving women, girls, and their families in an environment in which they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. We believe that each woman and girl is unique. With that uniqueness come individual issues and circumstances that affect her life that must be respected."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marcia Ellis

Retired-Academy for Educational Development

Term: Feb 2009 - Jan 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?