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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 80 years. Through interactive, supportive programs, Walnut Avenue Women’s Center seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well being of all families in Santa Cruz County.

Although our mission has not truly changed over the last eight decades, it has expanded to address the changes in women’s, children’s, and families’ lives. Much of this expansion is in response to the evolution of the many forms of our community’s cultural, economic, gender, and ethnic diversities. Issues such as lack of access to childcare, parenting, economic security, teen pregnancy & parenting, youth development, domestic violence awareness & prevention, and advocacy are now our primary focus. Walnut Avenue Women’s Center takes a pro-active stance in reaching under-served populations. Many of the women who come to Walnut Avenue Women’s Center are from under-served populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness and/or domestic violence.

Walnut Avenue Women’s Center provides a kaleidoscope of programs and services through its departments: Early Childhood Education, Youth Development Services,  Domestic Violence Services, and Community & Resource  Development.