Trauma from abuse is often tightly interlaced with women’s negative self-concept and feelings of fear, isolation, and self-doubt. WOTM is a place for women to begin the healing journey. Program coordinators, facilitators, and counsellors, strive to build a supportive and trusting environment where women can grow, share, and thrive.
The women are supported in their exploration of career options, job searches, and entrepreneurial goals, financial literacy and in setting education and employment goals – using self surveys and career assessments to encourage self-reflection, awareness and understanding.
The Redwood and the WOTM program foster the development of women as leaders and educators, supporting women to gain confidence in the expression of their voices, opinions, and perspectives. Providing opportunities for women to apply what they have learned through WOTM, The Redwood sees facilitating community workshops, speaking about their experience to audiences at community events, and developing and facilitating topic-specific workshop for participants.
WOTM is a place of community, connection, respect, and growth – all of which are aspects of a woman’s life and self, which can be severely undermined by abuse.
Maggie Bras – President, The Bras Family Foundation