AWC-SB 2015 Nonprofit & Member of the Year

Villa Majella has provided shelter to women, 18 years old and over, in crisis pregnancy since 1982. The women come from various situations such as homelessness, domestic violence, drug history, incarceration etc.. Once pregnant these women develop courage to pull themselves out of their circomstances and, despite the odds, decide to give their babies life. Whether that means parenting their child or placing for adoption. Villa Majella offers a safe loving environment in which these women take a look at their lives and make changes where needed. In housing the mother and caring for her in all aspects mental, emotional, and physical, their staff affects the future of the unborn child. Villa Majella offers 24-hour staff, parenting, early infant care, self-esteem, one-on-one counseling, life skills, daily case management, and pre-natal care.Over this past year the nonprofit has assisted fifteen women and welcomed five babies into the world.

Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach who works with individuals, groups and organizations to be the best that they can be. As a business and life coach,ljones she supports her clients in authoring new stories. In addition to her business and life coaching clients, she also coaches doctoral students to complete their dissertations. She has been a regular feature writer for the professional trade journal, Social Work Today, writes a blog at and is currently co-authoring a book on Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching. She is a visiting professor at the USC School of Social Work. Dr. Jones’ background as a social worker has included being a social service administrator of award-winning programs that supported girls in the care of the state and women and their children in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

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