WISH LIST: $250: book club books, pens, and journals; $500: emergency clothing gift cards; $1000: 2 computers and 1 printer for the client research center
Despite the various services available to domestic violence victims, serious gaps exist for those who are chemically dependent. Documented "clean time" and rigorous admissions procedures discourage women from accessing help -- or make help unavailable. So, talk about lifesaving work: Ramona's Way began in November 2001 to provide chemically dependent battered women with options and services that Ramona, the founder's mother, never had. A unique program that tackles both problems together, Ramona's Way gives women the help they need to regain control of their lives. Community-based support groups, individual crisis counseling, and case management help women confront their unhealthy environments. From sobriety planning to expressive arts (journaling and relaxation techniques help diminish the sense of isolation), Ramona's Way helps them create strategies of escape and prepares them to access additional services. Along with nine other governmental and nonprofit agencies, Ramona's Way offers care for underserved women at an undisclosed location and at the Domestic Violence Intake Center Southeast (DVICSE) where over 60% of clients who seek temporary restraining orders report the occurrence of drugs and alcohol in their intimate relationships. Winner of the 2004 Washington Area Women's Foundation Leadership Award and the 2007 Celebrating Solutions Award, Ramona's Way hopes to create a permanent home that could empower 200 more chemically dependent battered women. You can be the angel that makes it happen.
1328 Southern Avenue SE, Suite 311
Washington, DC 20032