Weekly Stories

Retired YWCA CEO Suzanne Durham Receives Woman of Vision Award

March 4, 2014

Retiring after 34 years as CEO of YWCA Central Alabama, Suzanne Durham was recently presented with the “Woman of Vision” award at the 2014 Momentum Conference. Durham was honored for her dedication and perseverance in making the YWCA Central Alabama one of the most successful nonprofits in the area. Durham was honored along with other extraordinary Alabama women: the “Woman of Courage,” Jan Davis; “Woman of Leadership,” Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart; “Woman of Impact,” Mona N.

YWCA Hosts Seventh Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon

February 26, 2014

Last week the YWCA held its seventh annual KIDS (Kids In Distress) Korner luncheon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The luncheon, themed “Love an Angel,” was in support of KIDS Korner, the YWCA’s child care program for children of homeless families. At this year’s luncheon, over 50 wonderful YW women invited over 400 of their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to the KIDS Korner Luncheon for a day of fundraising for the YWCA’s little “angels.”

YWCA Honors Judge Helen Shores Lee with Woman of Valor Award

February 19, 2014

At this year’s YWCA Annual Meeting, held Tuesday, February 11, 2014, an extraordinary woman was honored: Judge Helen Shores Lee. The meeting was originally delayed due to the snow and ice a few weeks ago, but despite the threat of wintry weather, the Board and Junior Board gathered Tuesday night. The group reviewed and celebrated the accomplishments of the YW in 2013 and took a moment to honor Judge Lee, who was awarded the 2013 Jeana P.

YWCA Wins Award for Domestic Violence Services

February 5, 2014

Recently the YWCA partnered with the Birmingham Police Department on a new project, The Lethality Assessment Program. Through this intervention program, officers from the police department identify victims of domestic violence who are at risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners.

Faith Chapel Christian Center Donates Coats for YW Women and Children

January 8, 2014

As record-breaking lows hit the Southeast, many less fortunate individuals must make crucial decisions about how to stay warm. Some may not be able to afford the appropriate attire during this frigid weather. We have all been caught in the cold without a coat on occasion, but this time of year can be very cold, even dangerous, if there is not a warm coat waiting for us at home.

Santa’s Workshop Brings Magic to the YWCA

December 18, 2013

Last Saturday it was once again time for Santa to bring his elves down to the YWCA and transform our gymnasium into Santa’s Workshop! With the help of over 300 volunteers, the YWCA was able to bring magic and excitement to families experiencing homelessness in Birmingham on this special day. The gymnasium was converted into a winter wonderland with the help of very gracious volunteers from Belk, which has shared a long relationship with the YWCA and Santa’s Workshop.

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