About Downtown Women's Center

If we start with unconditional love and build on it with solid core values, we end up with hope – not only for clients but for our ourselves.


Sister Mary Virginia Clark began DWC with Abba House in 1989. Her heart was for the homeless men, women, and children she saw on the streets of Amarillo. It wasn’t long before her work evolved into caring for homeless women with addictions and their children.

In 2001, Sister Mary Virginia resigned and Diann Gilmore became Executive Director. As a license social worker, Mrs. Gilmore was well acquainted with the work of DWC. Under her excellent leadership, DWC has blossomed.

DWC was given full ownership of Haven House in 2007, allowing us to more than double the number of homeless women in recovery that we can serve at one time.

The first retail store, Thrift City, was opened in 2003. The second store, Thrift City 2, opened in 2006. The Uptown Shoppe, an upscale resale store, opened in 2008. Thrift City 3 opened in May, 2010.

in 2011, DWC assumed ownership of Meridian Apartments, providing quality affordable housing for low-income individuals.

Board of Directors:

Ann Albracht, Ladies' Auxiliary;
Mary Schooler, Board of Directors;
Diann Gilmore, Executive Director

  • Deacon Floyd Ashley
  • Pat Bruce - Member Emeritus
  • Dennis Falk
  • Lance Garcia
  • Larry Gray
  • Charlie Hennessey, DDS
  • Lindberg Hezekiah - President
  • Alice Jackson
  • DeNise Koetting
  • Keli Landers
  • Muff London
  • Judge Abe Lopez
  • Eulis Nelson
  • Mary Schooler
  • Joe Watkins
  • Chris Wrampelmeier


Executive Staff:

  • Diann Gilmore, LMSW-AP, Executive Director
  • Donna Soria, Associate Executive Director
  • Jack Hilton, Business Manager
  • Michelle Burton, Retail Operations Manager
  • Ann Sanders, LCDC, Program Director
  • Nancy Cayce, Transitional Housing Case Manager
  • Irene Arnold, Case Manager

Ladies' Auxiliary

  • Ann Albracht
  • Susan Ashley
  • Tina Brandon
  • Linda Kay Bell
  • Nancy Boyce
  • Christy Chambers
  • Louise Conley
  • Sue Diller
  • Suzanne East
  • Devany Ellis
  • Sue Erwin
  • Susan Finberg
  • Jennifer Gallardo
  • Oralila Garcia
  • Tenisha Gilbreath
  • Christine Hall
  • Amy Henderson
  • Anita Hinton
  • Michelle Hogan
  • Peaches Homen
  • Anne Jones
  • Patsy Kiser
  • Sharon Koheler
  • Joy Lane
  • Muff London
  • Marty Marmaduke
  • Wendy Marsh
  • Viginia Maynard
  • Peggy McGuire
  • Debbie Meador
  • Pat Murphy
  • Anita Ray
  • Cari Roach
  • Jane Roberts
  • Rosemary Robinson
  • Susan Robinson
  • Carmen Roper
  • Helen Sage
  • Mary Schooler
  • Janice Scott
  • Staci Scott
  • Joan Shelton
  • Jo Sneed
  • Susan Soya
  • Irma Taylor
  • Cecilia Tenorio
  • Chrisy Thomason
  • Carol Tiernan
  • Nancy Turner
  • Lynette Villa
  • Patricia Ward
  • Dawn Wells
  • Lil Withrow