Weekly Stories

YWCA's CREW Programs Prepares Teens for Future Success

August 4, 2017

Zadren Hill had been looking for summer job opportunities when he learned about YWCA Central Alabama’ CREW (Creating Responsible, Educated, Working teens) program. Although he was excited by the possibilities, he had no idea the impact it would have on his future.

“It helped me find my foundation,” said Zadren, who will begin his sophomore year at Woodlawn High School next week. “It was an amazing experience.”

Birmingham Coaches to Teach Players about Healthy Relationships

July 28, 2017

A group of athletic coaches from Birmingham City Schools recently participated in a workshop to learn how they can help their players learn to respect women and have healthy relationships.

Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator for YWCA Central Alabama, led the “Coaching Boys Into Men” workshop, a program of Futures Without Violence. The California-based nonprofit works to end violence against women, children and families around the world.

Vision Training Program Helps Single Moms SMILE

July 21, 2017

Omedia Walker-Harris was scrolling through Facebook when she saw a post about YWCA Central Alabama’s vision assistant training program for single mothers. “I thought it was a good opportunity and I started to send it to a friend,” the single mother of four said. “Then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I can do that.’ I’m so glad I did.”

AmeriCorps Service Provides Life Focus

July 7, 2017

As one of YWCA Central Alabama’s AmeriCorps members, Kenyata Tate knew she would be able to make a difference in the lives of those she served, but she had no idea the impact her two years of service would have on her own life.

After trying a number of different career paths, the 34-year-old mother of three realized that while she’d had success, she wasn’t fulfilled. Now equipped with an AmeriCorps education award and a newfound sense of direction, Tate is returning to school to pursue a degree in social work.

YWCA Students Enjoy Memorable Summer

June 30, 2017

Students in YWCA Central Alabama’s Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program are having a wild time at camp this year. They’ve seen tigers and African lions, fed goats, ridden on a train, gazed at a waterfall, and held chinchillas. And that was just in one day.

“I like this camp because it is so much fun,” said 9-year-old Khalilah, a rising fifth-grader. “I never want my mama to pick me up early!”

Students Find Friendships and Values at Anytown

June 16, 2017

Despite the obvious differences among them, a sentiment of solidarity was most apparent as the students’ families anxiously waited for the reunion. Although it had been a long, trying week for the high school students at the remote campground, they were happy, inspired and, most importantly, hopeful.  

United Methodist Clergy Trained to Help Domestic Violence Victims

June 8, 2017

Nearly 50 Methodist ministers and church leaders are better equipped to serve domestic violence victims in their congregations after participating in recent trainings to help them understand the complexities of the crime.

“Oftentimes, victims of domestic violence will reach out to their faith leaders before they talk to anyone else because they trust them,” said Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator for YWCA Central Alabama. “It’s important for clergy to know about the resources that are available and how to best help victims in their congregations.”

Former YWCA Residents Treats Mothers to Lunch

May 25, 2017

Tessie Thomas knows what it’s like to feel hopeless, so she looks for every opportunity to help those in crisis know that someone cares.

That’s why she recently prepared a gourmet Mother’s Day lunch for residents of Interfaith Hospitality House, YWCA Central Alabama’s shelter for homeless families. “For someone at their lowest point, a white tablecloth and a vase of fresh flowers can bring their stress level down,” Thomas said. “It can bathe their spirit enough for them to keep going.”

YWCA Seeks Domestic Violence Hotline Volunteers

May 5, 2017

Thames Schoenvogel never knows exactly what to expect when she answers a call to the YWCA’s domestic violence crisis hotline, but her greatest desire is to let the woman on the phone know she’s not alone.

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