For my Tikkun Olam project for my Bar Mitzvah I chose a non profit called the Downtown Women's Center because they are helping women with mainly finding a stable home, helping with legal matters and healthcare but they do so much more. They call it a “Housing First model” that ensures that they are equipped with the tools they need to remain housed in an effective, trauma-informed way. They have 2 apartment buildings with about 114 residence that are helping homeless women to get back on their feet.
The trauma informed model means that the DWC is aware that a lot of the women there have had trauma in their life which can cause them to be hyper vigilant or completely shut down so the DWC maintains full transparency and trust to ensure that the client feels safe.
Homlessness is a huge issue especially in California. More people die in California to exposure then New York. One of the key factors of homlessness is rent prices. In the past decade the national rent prices have gone up by an average of 36% compared to California where rent prices have gone up 65% in the last decade. That’s almost double the national average.
So I have created a fundraiser page for the DWC and this is where I call on you, the community, to donate anything you can spare to help these women because every single one of your donations count and they will all help me reach my goal of raising $2000. So please, if you can, consider donating to this important cause.
Any amount helps.