Weekly Stories

Loud & Clear Event to Raise Awareness About Abuse on College Campuses

April 6, 2015

Incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses have made headlines across the nation lately, and college students from five local schools will join forces to put an end to the abuse. Loud & Clear at the Tracks, which is scheduled for April 16, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at Railroad Park, will unite students at Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, Samford Univeristy, University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

YWCA’s Social Justice Issue Garners National Attention

March 26, 2015

Joan Witherspoon-Norris, director of social justice for the YWCA Central Alabama, was among a group of bipartisan advocates who met with President Barack Obama Thursday about the issue of predatory lending.

YWCA Among Thousands to Pay Tribute in Selma

March 16, 2015

After attending the ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Brittany Pressley will have stories to share with her children and grandchildren.

“This was such a great historic event to have been a part of, and getting to hear the president speak was one of the highlights of my trip,” she said. “I will never forget this experience.”

ARLA to Host Fair Lending Rally at YWCA

February 24, 2015

It didn’t take long for Candi Wiley to get trapped. Short on cash, she went to a payday lender to get money to pay the light bill. “I needed $200 and they said, 'I tell you what, we’ll give you five,'” she said. “They made it easy.”

Suzanne Durham to be Honored for Lifetime Achievement by NCCJ

February 16, 2015

Suzanne Durham, retired CEO of the YWCA Central Alabama, has dedicated her life to promoting understanding, acceptance and dignity. In March, she will be honored for her commitment to building bridges within our diverse community and for her efforts in eliminating racism and prejudice.

YWCA Honors Charlena Bray with Woman of Valor Award

January 22, 2015

When Charlena Bray served as president of YW Homes, which provides affordable housing for low-income families, she attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Rosedale. It was held on the very street where she lived as a child and it brought everything into focus.

“More than anything, it was a reminder of how blessed I’ve been and of the growth opportunities that have been afforded me,” she said. “It’s a wonderful feeling, getting back to your roots and doing something special.”