The Downtown Women’s Center recognizes City National Bank for its long-time financial and volunteer support.
“We would not have been able to afford the resources for our vital services for women without the generous and sustained support of City National Bank,” said Anne Miskey, CEO of the Center, which was founded in 1978 to address the needs of women experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles’ Skid Row.
“Downtown Los Angeles is a special place for us because we’re based here and the Downtown Women’s Center is just blocks away from our headquarters,” said Jennifer Nickerson, vice president and community relations manager at City National. She noted that the bank’s financial support for the center has increased annually over the past 16 years, even during the financial crisis and Great Recession.
“If the communities where we are located don’t succeed, we don’t succeed. That’s why we’re committed to making sure we do what we can to promote our local economies,” Nickerson said.
Several City National colleagues who volunteer regularly at the Center were on hand for the organization’s 19th Annual Gala on Oct. 6, where the award was presented.
- Patti Fischer, senior vice president of human resources, accepted the award on behalf of City National. She has been a board member with the Downtown Women’s Center for 10 years, during a time when the center has grown dramatically – more than doubling its residency space.
- “Every time you walk into the Downtown Women’s Center, you forget where you are, where you just came from. You immediately sense this feeling of warmth, of community, of family, of caring. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in your day outside of the DWC, when you leave the Center you know that you’ve made someone’s life better,” Fischer said.
- “I really enjoy coming to the Downtown Women’s Center because I get a chance to engage with the women, talk to them and encourage them. That’s where my heart’s at,” said Mae Lee Haymon, an officer in the bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit who volunteers at the Center’s Whole Women Saturdays educational workshops.
DWC pioneered permanent supportive housing for women in 1986. Its model has proven successful, with a very impressive number of residents remaining permanently housed.
City National Bank has invested in the economic and cultural vitality of our local communities by contributing millions in support of charitable and civic programs and organizations over the past 62 years. Colleagues contribute more than 27,000 volunteer hours with charitable organizations annually.