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Leadership Development, Community Engagement, and Avocacy.

Founded in 1988, the DWDC’s mission is to empower women and communities to achieve gender equality and social justice.  The DWDC provides direct services and programs for all women and families that are affected by any form of oppression including racism, sexism, classism,  domestic and other forms of violence (such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, incest, and human trafficking). We are also mindful of the institutional inequities our families face, including inadequate access to quality education, housing, healthcare, employment, mental health services, substance abuse, and rehabilitation programs, among others. We at the DWDC, fight these injustices through advocacy, direct programming, special events, marches, rallies, and demonstrations. We are committed to improving the lives of not just the women that walk through our doors, but all women.

Our programs and services provide a holistic approach to the needs of women.
We advocate for:

DWDC Programs

The DWDC provides holistic programming and recognizes that participants are coming to the DWDC with multiple needs and seek not only educational or economic opportunities, but also look for the space and support to share their experiences with their peers.


English as a Second Language Classes equip participants with basic English writing and conversational skills and provide them with information and guidance in support of their participation in mainstream American society.
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Nuevo Amanecer

New Dawn
The Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn Anti-Domestic Violence program is one of two domestic violence service providers in the New York City area designed by and for Latinas. For over 23 years, our program has provided culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Latina and other women survivors of intimate partner violence.
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Mamá Tingó Early Head Start

The Home Based Mamá Tingó Early Head Start Program is designed to be responsive to needs of children 0-3 years old within our diverse community. Mamá Tingo’s mission is to promote school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development in accordance with the Early Childhood Head Start Act. Our program’s environment supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, and physical skills utilizing a myriad of approaches to teaching and learning.
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Health Promotion

The mission of the Health Promotion program is to empower our community with the education and tools they need to make better and more informed decisions about their health.
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Healthy Families
of Washington Heights

The Healthy Families of Washington Heights program helps parents reduce life stressors and support their family goals. Trained family support workers provide home visiting services about parenting, child development, healthy parent-child interactions, healthcare, and access to local community resources.
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Mamá Tingó Childcare &
Learning Center

The Mamá Tingó Childcare & Learning center provides quality childcare and early childhood education services to children 2-5 years of age to prepare them to succeed in school and in life. Additionally, we promote parents' engagement to nurture their children’s educational, physical, and emotional needs and put to practice the concepts learned in school at home.
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Youth Center

La Sala is an LGBTQ Youth Drop In Center for Homeless/ Unstably Housed 14-24 years olds where they can find a safe community space to shower, get clothes, get dressed, and attend to their appearance. The center also provides holistic support and opportunities to participate in educational and recreational activities.
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