In 2008, The Redwood established a Women’s Advisory & Leadership Development project to help break the silence of women’s voices. The pilot project was intended to provide newcomer women, who were former resident and community clients of The Redwood, with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in group facilitation, community involvement and public-speaking. Additionally they would also strengthen their peer mentoring skills while increasing knowledge and awareness of violence against women and girls amongst community agencies and newcomer immigrant women. The Redwood was hopeful that women involved in the project would provide guidance with regards to developing and evaluating programs. Many participants of the program discovered that sharing their own life experience was impactful and recommended the leadership project be expanded. It was proposed that the pilot group of graduates be provided mentoring opportunities to other women involved in the program and that it could be expanded to include new opportunities for women to learn about woman abuse and also prepare them to serve on community boards and committees.