Human Services

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children Inc.

  • Jefferson, LA
  • www.mcwcgno.org

Mission Statement

Mission statement: To break the cycle of violence and aid survivors of family violence and sexual assault through advocacy, intervention, empowerment, and transformation.

Main Programs

  1. Metropolitan Center for Women and Children
Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

Metropolitan serves the Greater New Orleans area (Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Plaquemines Parish) and other parishes in southeast Louisiana (St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, St. James Parish).

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Darlene Santana

Program Director since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Rebecca Rainey

Keywords

Self-reported

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, Stalking, Dating Violence

Notes from the Nonprofit

Metro provides free and confidential services to Spanish-speaking and Vietnamese survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault.

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Also Known As

Metropolitan Battered Women's Program, Inc.

EIN

72-1062244

 Number

7753147454

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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?

Overview

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Top Accomplishments for 2014
Served 635 domestic violence victims and their children in 2014 (unduplicated count)
Served 189 new primary sexual assault victims
Added services for stalking victims
Received a clean financial audit every year since inception.
Operates three counseling centers in areas of great need and without easy access to the main office.
Provides counseling services in English, Spanish and Vietnamese
Presented, through community educator, public awareness sessions.
Maintains an endowment at the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Programs

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

Program 1

Metropolitan Center for Women and Children

The service delivery plans of all programs are designed to fulfill the mission statement by addressing advocacy, intervention, transformation, and empowerment. Job descriptions of the direct staff for each program reflect this mission. Research indicates that “nearly one-third of women report being physically or sexually assaulted by their intimate partners.” (Quality Assurance Standards, Louisiana Office on Women’s Policy) With an estimated population of 1,030,363 in Metro’s service area, this translates into approximately 171,727 women who are at risk. In 2007, local law enforcement agencies in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes reported that there were 6,116 instances of domestic violence requiring police action.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Louisiana

Metropolitan serves the Greater New Orleans area (Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Plaquemines Parish) and other parishes in southeast Louisiana (St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, St. James Parish).

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Funding Needs

Metro needs unrestricted funds to maintain shelters and satellite offices; funds to maintain and enlarge the number of advocates we employ to serve our underserved populations; and funds to maintain and enrich programs for training, career/financial counseling for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and human trafficking, and resources development.

Accreditations


Since 2009

Affiliations + Memberships

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

External Reviews

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Financials

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METROPOLITAN CENTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN, INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Metropolitan Center for Women and Children Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Darlene Santana

Program Director

Ms. Rebecca Rainey

BIO

Darlene Santana has worked in the non-profit field for 17 years, some of those at Metro. She has returned to Metro because she is passionate about Metro's mission. Darlene has a BA in sociology from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from Phoenix and brings not only comprehensive managerial skills to the agency, but a keen intelligence and vision.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As the Executive Director of an independent non-profit agency in the Greater New Orleans area, I oversee the day to day operations to provide shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. “Metro” serves both males and females of all ages and strives to create an atmosphere which is welcoming to persons from very diverse backgrounds and cultures will find both welcoming and comforting.
Metro serves persons needing to hide from their abusers by providing safe and hidden housing at one of three shelters at scattered sites in the city and surrounding suburbs. Approximately 250 women and children are housed each year. Men requiring safe haven are placed in motels. Other victims who do not need shelter come to one of Metro’s seven outreach offices for counseling, advocacy, legal services, and support.Working in a shelter system is both challenging and rewarding. No two days ever seem the same as we try to provide community education, train law enforcement personnel, grocery shop for persons from vastly different cultures, and provide educational and recreational activities for the children and the adults. The idea is to support and strengthen the victims seeking our services in any way that will empower them to become independent and able to be self-sufficient. Over the years, I have seen victims return as volunteers. I have seen terrified women reclaim their lives and then speak out in the community against the violence. I have seen children literally blossom in an abuse-free environment.
All the services are both free and confidential. Another aspect of my job is to find the financial resources to sustain the program. This is accomplished through fundraising, grant writing, and soliciting donations. The support that the community provides is truly amazing."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marty Bordelon

Business Owner

Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2015

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

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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