Women of Nations
Founded by Native American women and initially serving the Native community exclusively, Women of Nations (WON) has been in operation for 26 years. It began as a community advocacy program, assisting abused women in obtaining Orders for Protection and advocating on their behalf with law enforcement, the judicial and social service systems and other entities as needed in the seven county metro area. Since then, the agency’s programs have grown to include: Family and Native Youth Crisis Line and Crisis Intervention, responding to 680 calls annually; emergency Shelter and Case Management Program, providing safe sanctuary for over 600 women and children each year; Community Advocacy Program, providing advocacy and support to over 1,100 individuals yearly and Street Outreach Program for Youth, making over 300 street outreach contacts per month. WON operates with a 25 member staff and an annual budget of $1.45 million.