The Women's Building
This month as Laughing Lotus we bask in the Divine Light of saints, sages, and mystics both ancient and contemporary - spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Mohammad, the Buddha, Patajali, Hafiz, Neem Karoli Baba, Thich Nat Hanh, who inspire change, compassion, and revolution both within and in the larger world outside. Women's wisdom too has been essential in bestowing upon us the the necessary hope and light to inspire us on the path of transformation that is yoga - St. Theresa, Ammachi, Mother Teresa, Ananda Mayi Ma, our great Mothers and Grandmothers - all serve the cause of compassion and awakening.
It is with the divine mystic in mind that this December Love Saves the Day celebrates The Women's Building in San Francisco's lively and loving Mission District. Operating since 1971, the current incarnation of The Women's Building (TWB) is the first woman-owned and operated community center in the United States (to learn more about this history, click here). TWB is a non-profit that serves over 20,000 women and girls each year, providing them with the resources they need to develop into their truest, fullest selves including Laughing Lotus Yoga Classes offered twice a week!
Among TWB's programs are:
- the Immigrant Assistance Food Pantry that serves our neighbors in need who cannot receive food stamps because of their immigration status.
- the Low Cost Legal Advice Program that offers personal and creative solutions to legal conflicts and advice on legal matters
- Access to Technology, in which women and girls can make use of TWB's computer lab and receive instruction in computer basics
- Job Search Assistance that helps women with resumes, cover letters, interview skills and job search strategies.
Other activities at The Women's Building include financial advising, income tax preparation, an annual crafts fair for women artists, and an annual International Women's Day Celebration (to learn more about TWB programs click here).
As the winter days grow dark, let us embrace the gurus (literally "remover of darkness") of The Women's Building who through their work bring light and celebrate life. To become a volunteer at TWB and celebrate our own inner gurus who also are capable of giving light, life, and transformation, click here, and remember, Love Saves the Day!
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