Weekly Stories

YWCA Honors Dot Mueller and Names New Board Members

February 3, 2017

Dot Mueller got her first taste of community service when she was a student at West End High School in the 1950s. She was a member of the Y-Teens program, a service organization for teenage girls, and she never forgot how fulfilling it was to help someone in need. “That feeling never leaves you, and you begin to look for more opportunities to serve,” she said.

Daughter of Victim Advocates for Stalking Awareness

January 13, 2017

After divorcing her husband, Shellane Green spent the next two years living in fear. There were constant phone calls and texts from her ex. He followed her around, waited outside her job and slashed her tires. He broke into her house and threatened her family. Eventually, he killed her.

Job Training Program Offers Hope for Chronically Unemployed

January 5, 2017

A new year brings hope for new beginnings, and YWCA Central Alabama and Hope Inspired Ministries have joined forces to provide adults who are low-skilled, poorly educated and chronically unemployed the opportunity for a better life.

Santa's Workshop Makes the Holidays Merry and Bright

December 16, 2016

Not long after selecting gifts for her children at YWCA Central Alabama’s annual Santa’s Workshop, a mother named Shannon got tears in her eyes thinking about how special this holiday season will be.

“I think they’ll be real excited when they wake up Christmas morning,” she said of her young daughter and son. “If it wasn’t for this, they probably wouldn’t have a Christmas. It gives you the feeling that everything is going to be OK.”

Order Your 2016 Holiday Cards

December 1, 2016

Want to spread some holiday cheer and help women and families in need at the same time? Send a YW holiday card to everyone on your list.

This year’s card features cover models who participate in our After-School Enrichment Program, which provided 2,865 days of care to 79 children of homeless families last year.

For a recommended donation of $10 per card, we’ll hand-address the envelope and send it on your behalf. To place an order, contact Scottie Vickery  at  svickery@ywcabham.org or 205.322.9922, ext. 350.

Free Job Training Course Offered for Chronically Unemployed

November 29, 2016

YWCA Central Alabama and Hope Inspired Ministries are joining forces to provide a free job training course for adults who are low-skilled, poorly educated and chronically unemployed. The 11-week course will begin in January and information sessions for potential students will be held Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the YWCA’s Family Resource Center in Woodlawn, 100 59th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35212.

YWCA Supporters Honored for Commitment to Philanthropy

November 11, 2016

YWCA Central Alabama friends and supporters were well represented during the recent National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the Alabama chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The event is designed to recognize exceptional volunteers and donors in Birmingham, their contributions and the impact they make in the community.

Bhate Employees Put Finishing Touches on Play Area

October 24, 2016

The children at YWCA Central Alabama have a new wonderland of plants to touch and smell, a sensory table to explore, a roots viewing box to watch, and even more teaching moments that "secretly" instruct.

Employees of Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc. recently spent the day landscaping the YW’s Joan Hicks Intergenerational Playground. They pressure washed the area, painted and planted flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Art Therapy Helps Victims and Children Heal

October 21, 2016

“If something doesn’t ‘feel’ right, that’s because it isn’t. Trust your instincts.” That’s the advice a domestic violence victim served by YWCA Central Alabama has for others who wonder if they are in unhealthy relationships.

Her statement was part of a project during a recent art therapy class led by Marlyse Hirschy, a counselor at the YW. The class allows victims to “share the hope, strength, beauty, and ways of coping that they have created out of their broken places,” Hirschy said.

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