WRC 1The Women’s Resource  is dedicated to providing direction to women of all generations by inspiring, educating and supporting them through life’s transitions. Each month, more than 250 women arrive at the door of the Women’s Resource Center seeking help.  Just like all of us have experienced at one time or another, they have reached one of life’s turning points.  Unsure or unable to determine a direction, they come to us seeking a fresh start.  Whether coping with difficult family relationships, adjusting to a career change, concerned about financial security, grieving the loss of a loved one, or simply seeking opportunities for personal growth – we are here to help them on their personal journey.

Every week at the Center you can participate in a variety of programs such as individual, couples and group counseling, career coaching, informational workshops/seminars, yoga classes, computer classes and more. For a full list of programs at all three of our locations: Bradenton, Sarasota & Venice please click here.

Demographically our clients are representative of the ethnicity of our community: 67% Caucasian, 22% Latina/Hispanic, and 11% African American., The average age of our client is 49 , 90% of our clients have children and 49% are married. Last year, 4,348 women attended a program at the Center and we provided 2,000 referrals.

We have three convenient locations for easy access from anywhere in our community. :

Bradenton: 1926 Manatee Avenue, Bradenton
Sarasota: 340 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota
Venice: The Brickyard, 30 US Highway 41 Bypass South, Suite 5A, Venice

Women’s Resource Centers of Manatee and Sarasota County Confirm Merger.

The Women’s Resource Center has provided programs and services to women in Sarasota County for over 35 years and for over 25 years in Manatee County. Our mission is to create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women and provide strategies for living that strengthen them and their families. We believe when you empower a woman, you change a life and strengthen our community.

On November 2, 2016, we entered a new era as the boards of the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee and the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County voted unanimously to merge effective January 1st, 2017. This merger will strengthen our organizations and enable us to expand our programming. The impact will be far reaching as we become better positioned to serve women, from Parrish to Englewood, giving them the tools they need to be successful.

We are grateful for the support of our donors and funders including our local community foundations: Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Manatee Community Foundation.

A significant funder during the merger process has been The Patterson Foundation. The Patterson Foundation (TPF) has supported the Women’s Resource Center over the years as we have explored ways in which we can work with our nonprofit partners to leverage our strengths. Recognizing the power of collaborations, TPF provided consultants and facilitation expertise throughout the merger negotiations.

Through their knowledge and experience, consultants Betsy Steiner and Pam Truitt, gave us the support and structure to work through all of the details that are necessary when considering the unification of two organizations. At the end of the process our boards and staff have come together as a team and are excited about the future of the WRC.
This is just the beginning of our journey, as the President & CEO  of the merged organization I look forward to leading us into the future.
Our gratitude and thanks to The Patterson Foundation for allowing us this amazing opportunity to Learn. Share. Connect. Evolve and Strengthen.Best wishes

Ashley Brown
President & CEO, The Women’s Resource Center


Ashley Brown – President & CEO
Lillian Elliott – Director of Operations
Leslie Tilton – Operations Administrator
Chris Braun – Program Director
Cheryl Herbold – Finance & Grant Manager
Becky Arpaia – Unique Boutique & Career Closet Manager
Linda Mickelberg – Venice Site Manager
Tamara Chapman – Director Community Engagement
Kaylea Schule – Events & Communications Coordinator
Marjorie Chavez – Client Administrator
Liz Mercer – Employment Specialist
Regina Morris – Case Manager, Project Uplift
Eva Rickert – Client Services
Julie Taylor – Special Projects

Board of Directors