Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt community-based nonprofit, was wrought because there were no HIV/AIDS services for women in Middle Tennessee at the time of its inception. Creating a supportive atmosphere with a clear and purposeful mission, W.O.M.E.N.’s founder set a course building awareness, rallying supporters and addressing the effects of HIV stigma in communities of color. Her desire to establish a safe space for women, mothers and families impacted by HIV/AIDS, which remains the central focus of our structured, comprehensive environment, gave way to the creation of the first women’s HIV support group in Tennessee. W.O.M.E.N. began as a small AIDS Service Organization (ASO) and has been modernized to a Community Based Organization (CBO) which allows us to serve more community members.
W.O.M.E.N.’s authenticity exceeds two decades of advocacy, education, peer support and case management delivered in a culturally compassionate manner evoking barrier-free services. We successfully reach our community by means of our mental wellness initiatives, medical care linkages, street and community outreach, food, clothing, housing and utility assistance as well as HIV and Hepatitis C screening and counseling, the YouthZone and transportation services.
In this our 24th year, we are a service provider, experienced in our people, traditions, ethnicity and language. Our culturally-specific agenda allows the organization to cultivate diverse relationships with women, mothers and families, while advocating against the escalating consequences of human trafficking, domestic violence and unabated HIV incidences among African American women. W.O.M.E.N.’s infrastructure braids health education, navigation and holistic care into our fundamental service delivery. In keeping with our mission, W.O.M.E.N. responds effectively to the evolving needs of women, mothers and families of color, while preserving respect of our cultural differences. We do so through our Board of Directors, staff, interns, volunteers, sponsors, donations and funding.