HISTORY OF WWIN
Washington Women In Need was founded in 1992 by Julia Love Pritt in honor of her mother.
In a short amount of time, the loss of her mother, a divorce, and a cancer diagnosis turned Julia’s world upside down. While receiving treatment, she prayed, “what do you want me to do now?” The answer, was “to help low-income women,” like her mother.
Julia saw first-hand the effects that poverty, poor health care and lack of education had on a woman’s life, specifically, her mother’s life. Julia’s mother left high school to get married, and without a degree she never earned more than minimum wage. With little money to go to the dentist, she lost all of her teeth and wore dentures. She felt inferior, had low self-esteem and suffered from depression and alcohol abuse. Julia wanted to provide women like her mom, resources to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Through Julia’s dynamic vision, WWIN has upstarted over 6,000 low-income women in Washington by helping them improve their lives through grants that provide assistance for; vision care, dental care, hearing care, physical care, counseling and education grants. WWIN has changed the trajectory of thousands of lives.
“Starting WWIN had been the most rewarding experience of my life because I know that the women we help will not have to endure the pain of losing all their teeth, they will not have the frustration of not being able to see clearly, they will not withdraw into themselves because they cannot hear, they will have the comfort that comes from having a counselor to talk to in time of stress. But most of all they will get the education they need in order to support themselves and their families.” – Julia Pritt