Bienestar Program

In the Southwood Basket-Weaving Group, women learn how to weave baskets as well as learn life lessons from the process of weaving.

In the Southwood Basket-Weaving Group, women learn how to weave baskets as well as learn life lessons from the process of weaving.

En español

The Bienestar Program seeks to create a safe space for Latina women to find solutions to their problems by honoring their own truth. Through Bienestar, we offer a space of understanding and cultural humility, operating under the notion that our clients come from different countries, each with their own roots, customs and traditions, and that each person has a different way of facing life challenges.

Bienestar focuses on counseling and psychoeducational services for Latina women and their communities in the Charlottesville / Albemarle region, in the following ways:


  • Workshops and presentations to the Latino community about stress management, mental health issues and parenting.

  • Presentations to community providers regarding awareness of mental health issues among Latinos and how to overcome cultural barriers to engage this population in health services.

  • Education and advocacy about mental health services for Latinos through CJ Mental Health Group.

Group Offerings

Grupo de Apoyo para Mujeres Latinas (Support Group for Latina Women)

Thursdays, 10-11:30 am, January 17-March 3, Northside Library, 705 Rio Road W, Charlottesville
For more information, contact Varinia Anderson: or (434) 872-0047 ext. 123

Entre Téjidos

A gathering for Latina women in Charlottesville to express their artistic side over conversation and tea. Materials provided.
For more information, contact Karina A. Monroy:, 805-630-3796.

“Yo Puedo Cuidar La Salud de Mi Familia”

Cross-Cultural Workshops on Health & Wellbeing for the Latinx Community

ReadyKids Parenting Mobile Program at Southwood

Throughout the school year ReadyKids offers a play group for parents and children under 5 years old. Bienestar offers a 30-minute session for the mothers attending the Parenting Mobile, providing parenting and stress management psychoeducation.

Free Walk In-Clinic

We offer a free walk-in clinic in Spanish on Wednesday afternoons at our main office from 2 to 4 pm. The main goals of this clinic are to offer support to women dealing with mental health issues and to provide appropriate referral to community services. Spanish-speaking women who are not available during these walk-in hours can schedule an appointment at a different time by calling Varinia Anderson at (434) 872-0047 ext. 123.

Tabling Events

Throughout the year Bienestar participates in tabling events targeting the Latino population in Charlottesville, including:

  • CJ Round Table

  • Southwood Market Day

  • Sin Barreras Help Fair

  • Southwood Back to School Festival