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Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center


Organization Mission

Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center provides support and services so that women, children, and families will have the opportunities and skills to thrive.

Programs in child care, youth development, parenting, domestic violence prevention, and advocacy are our primary focus. Many families served are from underserved populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness and domestic violence. Their economic, physical and emotional well-being are our mission.

The Big Idea:
Financial Empowerment Education for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Financial abuse remains one of the most common ways of keeping survivors of domestic violence trapped in abusive relationships. Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center would like to offer two series of workshops on financial management to participants in our Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence programs. The curriculum was established by the Allstate Foundation specifically with survivors in mind. Our goal is to provide survivors with the financial management skills that will increase their likelihood of not just “getting by” but actually thriving after an abusive relationship.


These groups have had a lasting, positive change on my entire family and I am so grateful and I attribute my success so far to the programs Walnut Avenue makes available. Having access to the Friday food distribution program has supported my children and myself when other means of income and food gathering were unavailable to us. This is such a valuable and necessary program…

— Ashley Gregory, age 45, Santa Cruz