The Women’s Center Focuses on the Well-Being of the Entire Family

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January 05, 2015

MAXIMUS employees Christine Vaughn Graham and Madison West delivered the grant to The Women's Center CEO & Executive Director, Shirley Clark and Director of Development & Communications, Meg Artley.

Don’t let its name fool you, The Women’s Center serves more than just female members of the local community. Since 1974, the Center has offered a holistic multi-disciplinary approach that includes counseling, education and leadership training to help families in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland improve their quality of life. The Center serves more than 4,000 individuals each year, helping them cope with and get through different challenges and transitions.

The MAXIMUS Foundation grant supports the Center’s Enhanced Access to Mental Health Counseling Program through which more than 60 therapists and social workers provide counseling to uninsured and underinsured, low-income community members. With a sliding-fee scale, participants are eligible for highly subsidized therapy sessions for as little as $5. The Center notes “not only do these low fees make mental health services accessible for our most vulnerable community members, they also have therapeutic value for clients. Paying a minimal fee encourages clients to be more invested and involved in their treatment programs, motivating them to work towards the goals they have set with their therapists.”

In addition, the Center offers workshops to meet the community’s needs. One of the most urgent needs is assistance and support for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Through specialized therapy, workshops like “Family Abuse: What Is It and What You Can Do About It,” and partnerships with Safe Haven and the Fairfax County Domestic Violence and Action Center, the Center strives to make sure survivors of domestic violence never have to face the journey to recovery alone.

The MAXIMUS Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to The Women’s Center through our grant program. Executive Director Shirley Clark shared that she looks forward to serving even more residents as the Center de-stigmatizes mental health services and providing even more tools for personal growth. 

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