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 para Mujeres (Group for Latinx Women)

  • WHEN: Thursdays, 10-11:30 am, Sept. 12-Dec. 12

  • WHERE: Main Office

  • REGISTRATION: Not required

  • Facilitated by Varinia Anderson, MEd and Diana Grigera

Group led in Spanish. Do you feel sad or alone? Would you like support to improve your emotional health? Come and join with other women. Topics will include wellness, relationships, emotional health, personal goals and family life. Child care and transportation available. For more information, contact Varinia Anderson: or (434) 872-0047 ext. 123

Grupo Para Padres (Parents’ group)

  • WHEN: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm, Oct. 2-Nov. 20

  • WHERE: Main Office

  • REGISTRATION: Call Varinia Anderson at (434) 872-0047 x123 or Mira Levine (434) 296-4118 x277

  • Facilitated by Varinia Anderson, MEd, and Mira Levine

Group led in Spanish. Has your child lived through something difficult or traumatic? We will talk about what trauma is and how you can help your child. Childcare available.

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