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General Agency Information
Name:Walnut Avenue Women's Center
Alternate Name(s):Walnut Avenue Womens Center
Address:303 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-426-3062
Fax Number:831-426-3070
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:The Walnut Avenue Women's Center is a 501(c)3 public benefit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families in the local community for over 75 years. Through interactive, supportive programs, WAWC seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well being of all families in Santa Cruz County.
Mission:To provide high quality support and services so that women, children, and families will have to opportunities and skills to thrive.

24-Hour Bilingual Crisis Hotline: 1-866-269-2559
Community Education
Emergency Interim Shelter
Legal Advocacy
One-on-One Peer Advocacy
Support Groups


Life Skills Workshops:
The Healthy Relationship Workshop
I Decide- a comprehensive sex education program
Phlight Club-Students come together to learn to identify and measure their web of support, and how they can self-activate it.

One on One Mentoring
Youth Adventures Club(YAC)-a weekly summer adventure program

Gender Specific Support Groups:
Girl Talk
Wise Guys


Downtown Children's Center: serves children ages 2.5 to entering kindergarten.

TAPP Infant Center (Teen Age Parent Program): serves infants of teen parents who are students in the Santa Cruz City School District.
TAM Infant/Toddler Center serves ages 2 months to two and 1/2 years. This site serves both teen parents and community parents. 429-3050


African American Community Health Project:
"Healthy for Life", a series of health education lectures promoting healthy choices including nutrition, disease prevention and maintenance. Includes:
"Sisters Reaching Sisters" & "Reaching Brothers", tailored peer outreach promoting early cancer detection & screening.
"Juneteenth Health Fair", annual community health forum including general health information and free health screening held at Louden Center
Resource Library, support groups, 1 to 1 trained peer health outreach workers, university interns, community, church and salon outreach.
Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 9-4pm
Meetings: 1 Friday evening per quarter 7pm

SMART Single Moms Alliance for Resources and Tools
to support and inspire single moms to identify their goals and take action to achieve individual success, confidence and economic independence.

The California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care program trains professionals and provides information and support to social service agencies to help them better understand the impact of trauma on the brain, decision-making and coping, and design programs, policies and procedures to respond effectively to traumatized individuals and populations.

Daily operations (including the Front Office, Food Pantry and Basic Needs Support for WAWC Program Participants)
Fundraising & Marketing
Information systems
Corporate & Community relations
Volunteer recruitment & training
Special Events
Agave Agape, Tequila Tasting & Auction Fundraiser
Strawberry Festival
Back to School Drive
Turkey Drive
Adopt A Family

women’s spirituality, creative writing, body image, legal issues for battered women, financial issues, women’s history, lesbian battering, parenting issues and women’s health issues.
Volunteer Info:see website or call (831) 426-3062
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:Call for Information
Fees:Call for Information
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz

Julie Macecevic, Ph.D
Executive Director
831-426-3062 ext. 204

Related Agencies
Child Agencies:Walnut Avenue Women's Center Domestic Violence Services
Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center Early Childhood Education
Subject Headings
 Book Loan
Breast Cancer
Child Abuse Prevention
Domestic Violence Support Groups
English as a Second Language
Families and Individuals Needing Support
Family Counseling
Family Literacy Programs
Health Related Support Groups
Parenting Education
Parenting/Family Support Groups
Private Nonprofits
Teen Parent/Pregnant Teen Education Programs
Teen Parenting Education
Teenage Parents
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Development
This record last modified May 23, 2016