Women's Coalition of St. Croix

Helping Those In Need, 24/7/365

aka WCSC, WCSTX   |   Christiansted, VI   |  https://www.wcstx.org

Mission

The Women's Coalition of St. Croix's mission is to support and empower people impacted by violence.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Clema Lewis

Main address

P.O. Box 222734

Christiansted, VI 00822 USA

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EIN

66-0392626

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hurt people hurt people. We are addressing the impact of violence, especially domestic and sexual violence, on the lives of the people in our community. Domestic and sexual violence create cyclical effects on victims, survivors and their families, friends, others in their extended families, and our communities. A child's development is adversely affected from exposure to family violence, especially in the home. They carry the trauma as a result of their experience into adult life. Without trauma-informed care through advocacy, programs and services for healing and empowerment, the cycle continues. Victims and survivors escaping abusive relationships, child survivors of domestic violence, rape victims, incest survivors--all need crisis intervention and opportunities to receive counseling and other supportive services. Safe spaces victims and survivors to heal and rebuild their lives. WCSC provides services that include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and transitional housing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Transitional Housing Program

Our Transitional Housing Program provides secure leased housing and support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or dating violence and their children, for up to 12 months.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Sojourner House provides a safe, nurturing environment to help women and their children escape abuse, begin to heal and rebuild their lives. Residents receive supportive services, including referrals, therapeutic counseling, life and parenting skills training and child care while they attend classes or work.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Infants and toddlers

Trained volunteer advocates meet victims and survivors in crisis at police stations or emergency room to offer support without judgment and remain as long as they are needed. Advocates carry go-bags with toiletries, clothing and light snacks to every call. Advocates are on-call and available, 24/7/365.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Non-Profit Business of the Year 2012

St. Croix Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1990

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Healthy communities are created through healthy relationships between individuals, families, in neighborhoods and businesses. Our goals are to see violence eradicated and support for survivors of violence fully funded and available, when and for as long as it is needed.

WCSC is an extraordinary constellation of service, counseling and education. Key factors in our strategy: to meet victims and survivors where they are in their experience, so that they know crucial help is available, that they are believed and that a life free from violence is possible. We offer 24/7/365 crisis intervention, and maintain partnerships with law enforcement, local human services and other government agencies, and peer social and government agencies on the mainland and in other areas of the world, to ensure that lifesaving services are available when they are needed. Other strategies we use are outreach and focused collaborative campaigns to educate on and prevent domestic and sexual violence, and promote healthy relationships.

We hold volunteer victim advocacy training every 18 months, facilitated by WCSC staff, experts, thought leaders on related subjects and issues, and experienced advocates. We recruit and prepare community members for duty as advocates that are contacted for victims in crisis on our 24/7/365 crisis intervention hotline.
Our staff includes counselors for adults and child victims and survivors
Sojourner House and our transitional housing program are also staffed with case managers for individual assistance and referrals, and child care services for residents who are in school or employed.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People impacted by violence. We offer services to those directly impacted, especially victims and survivors of violence, and those indirectly impacted, including surviving family members of murder victims and those who have experienced abuse. We also offer services to families in need of food, clothing and household goods and other necessary items, through our crisis center and thrift stores.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Women's Coalition of St. Croix

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Hunt

Carolyn Merritt

Dr. Carolyn Merritt, PLLC

Claire Roker

Community Activist

Lisa Harris Moorhead

Attorney

Melbourne Adams

Retired Police Captain

Yemaya Jones

Yemaya's Color Improvisations

Claudette Anderson

Claudette Anderson, CPA

Karen Hunt

Virgin Islands Perinatal Inc.

Venne Williams

Lisa Coates

Cafe Christine

Shannan Calhoun

Kimberly Mills

University of the Virgin Islands

Leslie Stillwagon

Kristin Dare

Dare In The Air

Aisha Webster

VING

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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