Women of Nations is a 44 bed domestic violence shelter in St. Paul, MN. As the third-largest domestic violence shelter in Minnesota, we support women and children through times of crisis by offering safe shelter, advocacy, and support.
While we welcome women of all nations, we offer culturally specific services to Native American women. All residents are invited to participate in traditional Native American healing practices including: beading, smudging, talking circles, full moon ceremonies, sweat lodges. Women of Nations is one of very few non-reservation based programs that offers Native American culturally focused domestic violence advocacy and support.
What new functionality we are looking for
We need a website that will allow women with violent partners to quickly access helpful: risk assessments, characteristics of an unhealthy relationship, emergency phone numbers, and contact information for Women of Nations. Simply having these resources on the webpage is not enoughâ€”because of the nature of domestic violence, women need to be able to quickly escape the website to an innocuous webpage if their abuser enters the room.
In addition to information for our clients, Women of Nations would like a website that integrates with our current social media streams, allows us to easily update donation request lists, an event calendar, and a place to blog about news in the domestic violence and Native American communities.
Weâ€™re really good at helping domestic abuse survivors find safety and shelter. We are less skilled at updating websites, so a website that we could make small changes on (blogging, adding new photos and events to) without feeling like weâ€™re going to lose our minds is essential to our organization
How the new functionality will help
Our current website is static and difficult to search for pertinent information. This has some direct impacts on how we provide our services:
1. The difficulty in quickly finding information can add a significant degree of danger for women in crisis trying to access information they need to find help.
2. Women of Nations depends on both financial and in-kind contributions to keep our doors open. Our current website is difficult to edit and lists of donations quickly become outdated. Our â€œdonate nowâ€ button is more of an afterthought than an prominent part of our website.
3. Our current website is unattractive to prospective funders and volunteers. When information is difficult to access or a website isnâ€™t particularly user-friendly donors and volunteers go to other organizations where information is more readily available.
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