The Willow Domestic Violence Center builds safer communities through shelter, services, and support to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties.
All services are free, confidential, and available to all.
The Willow was the first domestic violence center in the state of Kansas, opening in 1976. Today, we answer 3,900 crisis and referral calls per year, house 300-450 adults and children annually in our two shelters and multiple trans, and serve over 3,500 of our neighbors and friends throughout Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties.
The Willow empowers survivors to rebuild and restart.
Our agency began as the Women's Transitional Care Center, but in 2010 changed its name to The Willow. The willow tree is one of the few trees that, if a branch is broken from it and then replanted, will grow into a new tree itself.
Our Guiding Principles
The Willow promotes equity in our services and community by working to support the needs of a diverse population while being inclusive to people of all identities.
The Willow is committed to healthy partnerships, prevention work, outreach, collaboration, and education.
The Willow is committed to advocacy that is confidential, trauma-informed, low-barrier, and individualized.
The Willow works to empower survivors through peer support and respect, while honoring the dignity of those we serve.
The Willow supports the well-being of survivors and advocates via self-care, education, innovation, and research-based practices.
Megan has been Executive Director of The Willow since 2017, and with the Willow since 2015. Megan enjoys being a mom to her two kids and participating in whatever her community has to offer. She's grateful to be a Lawrencian and a KU grad.
Director of Operations
Jessica spent nearly ten years as the Director of Alumni and External Relations for KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences before joining The Willow in 2018. She is the president of the USD 497 school board and teaches Leadership Studies at KU. She is a lifelong resident of Lawrence and a parent to two awesome kids.
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Director of Community Services
Delano Thomas is originally from Salina, Kansas. Delano graduated from Washburn University in 2001 and 2007 with a BA in Human Services and an MSW in Clinical Social Work. Delano has held positions at the local, city, state, and federal levels, and has spent 10 years as an adjunct instructor/professor at Washburn in the school for applied studies and leadership institute departments.
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Director of Housing
Amanda Martinez has been serving survivors at the Willow since August 2012. In her current role as the Director of Shelter Services, she oversees the various programs offered to survivors needing emergency shelter in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties. In her spare time she enjoys late night coffee and game nights with friends.
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Director of Development
Christy is a life-long Lawrence resident. She graduated from KU with a degree in Ecology and spent 7.5 years working for KDHE in Topeka. She returned to KU and completed her MBA, and worked as Development Director for Douglas County CASA, and most recently, for Kansas Public Radio in Corporate Support. She loves to garden, travel (hopefully again!!), and run after her two boys, aged 6 and 4.
Director of Communications
Will Averill has been at the Willow as Communications Manager since 2016, and before that in roles as diverse as online marketing, management analysis, and school registrar. When not managing social media for The Willow, Will writes plays and does comedy shows.
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Director of Equitable Practices & Recruitment
Felix Rodriguez has been at the Willow as the Director of Survivor Access since 2017, and a number of roles, including Survivor Access Advocate, SAFE Program Coordinator, and HOPEworks Engagement Coordinator at the Willow since 2015. In his spare time, Felix enjoys music engineering and production.
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Director of Finance
John Robison has been with The Willow since June of 2022. John has lived in Lawrence for ten years with their two kiddos and has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a journalism degree from the University of Kansas. They love being on stage in their free time - they have run their own theater groups since the late 20th century.
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The Willow prides itself on community transparency regarding our finances as well as policies and procedures. In order to be as transparent as possible and to comply with best accounting principles, we've formally written checks and balances into the governing by-laws of the organization.
Our Finance Committee meets monthly to review The Willow's financials and provides a report at the Board of Directors meetings. Additionally, we employ an independent auditor, commissioned by the finance committee. This committee conducts a full audit at the end of each fiscal year,. The auditor then presents his/her results to the Board of Directors, prepares our annual 990 filing (signed by both the auditor and Executive Director), and submits it to the IRS.
We welcome any questions you may have regarding our financials, policies and procedures, or any other area in which you have an interest or concern.
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