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Women are survivors, not victims. All women can make their own life decisions. Recovery is possible.

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About Us

For more than a decade, we’ve seen hundreds of women transform themselves from victims to thriving survivors. We are honored and inspired to be part of their stories.

Mission Statement

Ramona’s Way provides holistic services for women who abuse substances and who are also survivors of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. We are one of the few organizations in the nation’s capital to address the correlation between abuse and addiction. Through crisis intervention, counseling, and referral services, we empower more than 200 women each year with the information and support they need to move from trauma to recovery and to take control of their lives.

Ramona’s Way was inspired by the life of Ramona, a domestic violence survivor, who was chemically dependent and unable to flee an abusive relationship for 18 years. Due to lack of services, she and her children were trapped in a physically and sexually violent situation. Unfortunately, women in these circumstances are often blamed for the violence that is inflicted upon them and their options are limited. Ramona’s daughter, a childhood survivor, social worker, and domestic violence advocate, founded Ramona’s Way to provide options for battered women like her mother.

Ramona’s daughter, Ali-Sha Alleman, continues to remain committed to Ramona’s Way’s mission of inspiring women who struggle with domestic violence and substance abuse.

Current Executive Director, Jackie King, leads the organization and remains intimately involved in the day-to-day activities at Ramona’s Way, including crisis intervention, counseling, and case management.

Along with having over a decade of experience working with women battling substance abuse, Jackie is also a certified victim’s advocate, a trained addictions counselor and a member of both the MSDC Task Force on Family Violence and the DCCADV DC Policy Task Force. At Ramona’s way, she conducts workshops and trainings for social service providers, community based organizations, universities, and religious institutions to emphasize the struggle of women suffering from domestic violence and addiction.

Throughout her career Jackie has been a passionate champion for the empowerment of women. Jackie believes that there is a a strength inside of each and every woman that is more powerful to her circumstances.


African American Giving Circle Honors Ramona's Way by Renewing Support

For 2015, African American Giving Circle has renewed their commitment to support helping Ramona’s Way’s clients. Thank you for your support to helping us be there for women to overcome domestic violence and substance abuse.

Andra Day performing at Historic Synagogue located at Sixth & I Streets

Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Songstress Andra Day’s single “Rise Up” resonates with the women who receive Ramona’s Way’s services as they have gone through multiple obstacles to “rise up” and improve their lives.

The alluring voice of this Grammy nominated performer communicates raw honest emotion and truth. Her music inspires healing with the encouragement of loving thyself and having the ability to overcome all.

For these reasons Ramona’s Way is inspired by the unique and lovely Andra Day, who will be performing on Friday, November 25 , 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Lincoln Theatre located at 1215 U Street in Northwest Washington, DC. We encourage you to come and be inspired by what’s sure to be a stellar performance.



Victims of domestic violence at the hands of a drug user are 9 times more likely to turn to drugs themselves than those who have not been abused.

Abused women are 15 times more likely to turn to alcohol and 9 times more likely to turn to drugs than those who have not been victims of domestic violence.

Through Ramona’s Way services and referrals, I have been able to move from being homeless, to transitional housing, and then into an apartment of my own. Ramona’s Way didn’t give up on me when I’d given up on myself.

~Valerie, Survivor of domestic abuse, homelessness, and 20 years of addiction

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We’re here to help. But we can’t do it alone. Get involved and help make a difference in the life of a woman affected by violence or abuse.


Are you passionate about empowering other women? Get in touch to learn how you can make a difference.

Contact Us

24-hour hotline 202-257-6790

If you need help or someone to talk to, call us anytime.

Ramona’s Way
United Medical Center
1328 Southern Avenue, SE, Suite 311
Washington, DC 20032

Special Thanks

Ramona’s Way thanks the Office of Victim Services and the Shugar Foundation for over a decade of generous support.

Catalog of Philanthropy 2004-2005, and 2010-2011

We are pleased to be listed in the 2004-2005 and 2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the District's Best Charities.

Ramona’s Way is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.