The Women's Group of Mt. Vernon, Inc.

The Women's Group of Mt. Vernon, Inc. Peer Support Group meets every 1st and 3rd Friday at the Mt. Vernon Police Station (2511 Parker's Lan Vernon, Inc. in 2004. The Women’s Group of Mt.

Recognizing the lack of local area resources for domestic violence in the Mt. Vernon area, Mattie Palmore and Kari Warren founded The Women’s Group of Mt. Because of logistical complications with daycare, transportation, and working hours, many of the women in the Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County, Virginia, are unable to seek the support systems located elsewhere in the county. Working as Family

Advocates for a homeless transitional housing program, Mattie and Kari saw firsthand the need for this type of support group in a local arena. Today, we work with victims in all echelons of our society in a confidential environment. This fellowship for women, men, and teens was established to provide community peer support and education in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual violence and other women’s issues. It is provided as an adjunct victim service to law enforcement, court advocacy, educational programs, and victim services provided in this area. One of the key elements of these meetings is validation. In a setting of peers, people learn to embrace themselves as they are and to move forward in their lives. Using other survivors as a sounding board, members are able to identify their needs, seek resources, and establish friendships. Since its inception, nearly 250 members of our community have attended our bi-monthly meetings. You may see members distributing mirrors with the slogan, “I Love Myself—I Know I’m Grand!” These mirrors are meant to build positive reflections and are a central part of our theme. No matter what has happened, it is the movement forward that matters most of all. Heralding this premise, members come to an acceptance and love of themselves. “I Love Myself—I Know I’m Grand!” has become a trademark theme of the Women’s Group. produces an annual “Women’s Day” conference—a day of pampering and empowerment, preceded by a candlelight vigil on the eve of this event. These events are coordinated with local government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, licensed clinicians, and ministers. Working with a nominal budget and the generosity of our community, we are able to provide a conference which includes motivational speakers, educational workshops, clinical and spiritual counseling and the biggest draw of all--massages and make-overs! All of this is at no cost to the participants. The goal is to educate, motivate and empower the women in attendance. Thus far, the average attendance has been over 130 women, with their children enrolled in the daycare facility provided by local volunteers. Guest speakers have included: Cathy Lanier (D.C. Chief of Police); Yvette Cade (domestic violence burn victim); Mildred Mohammed (former spouse of the infamous “D.C. Sniper”); Jackie Winbourne (mother of slain daughter, Shaquita Bell); Colonel Dave Rohrer (Fairfax Co. Chief of Police) and Suzy Long (author, Healing for the Abandoned Wife). Our local and state political officials have faithfully offered the opening remarks and the welcome for our Women’s Day, while the Mt. Vernon District Police Department has been a constant presence of support and education for the women of Mt. Vernon for this special day -- and throughout the year. In 2012 Mattie and Kari accepted the National Molina Healthcare Community Championship Award for the efforts of this group in organizing peer support, advocating for much-needed services, and public awareness efforts and legilsation for victims and survivors of domestic violence. The year 2009 was also marked with some very special recognitions. First, we received the Virginia Attorney General’s Verizon Hopeline Award, followed by a special commendation by the Virginia General Assembly for the five years of victim support and advocacy. In addition, we received an award from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and the Mount Vernon and Lee District Supervisors for our efforts in collaborating with county and other non-profits to safeguard the families in their constituencies. We are honored to accept each and every one of these awards on behalf of the survivors in our community. For further information, please contact us at [email protected]



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8647 Richmond Highway #659
Alexandria, VA

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm



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