Weekly Stories

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.”

YW Staff Learns Ways to Motivate Change

December 30, 2014

Most of the women and families who come to the YWCA Central Alabama are hoping to change their lives. The key is in finding ways to make them want to take the steps necessary to do it.

Gift to YW Children Makes Horsing Around Fun

December 22, 2014

More than 100 years ago, a champion stallion named Shamrock was the pride of the Wells Fargo wagon team. Today, a stuffed plush version of the horse is the pride and joy of the girls and boys in the YWCA Central Alabama’s child development program.

Gift to YW Children Makes Horsing Around Fun

December 22, 2014

More than 100 years ago, a champion stallion named Shamrock was the pride of the Wells Fargo wagon team. Today, a stuffed plush version of the horse is the pride and joy of the girls and boys in the YWCA Central Alabama’s child development program.

Santa’s Workshop Provides Holiday Magic for Families in Need

December 18, 2014

As she made her way through the room filled with toys, a young mother got tears in her eyes the moment she saw the Doc McStuffins doll. Her 5-year-old daughter loves the Disney Junior character, and it’s all she wants for Christmas.

“That’s all she’s been talking about, and I didn't know how I was going to get her one,” the mother said. “This is such a blessing. She’s going to be so excited! I just want everyone to know how much this means to me.”

Yolanda Sullivan Named CEO of YWCA Central Alabama

December 16, 2014

In their quest to find the next CEO of the YWCA Central Alabama, members of the search committee cast a wide net, interviewing candidates from all over the country. It didn’t take them long, however, to realize that they didn’t need to look far.

Yolanda Sullivan, a former Board president who has led the agency on an interim basis since January, was named CEO of the organization today. The news was met with cheers and applause from the staff and Board members who gathered for the announcement.

Free Family Portraits Cap Off Picture Perfect Day

December 12, 2014

Keisha and her four children wore matching shirts and matching smiles as they posed for the photographer one recent Saturday at the YWCA Central Alabama.“This is our first time to have family pictures together,” she said. “When they told us about it, I couldn’t believe it. It made me feel real good.”

It didn’t seem possible for Keisha’s smile to get any bigger, but as soon as she saw the pictures, it did. “I just love them,” she said as her eyes filled with tears. “I want to just cry. This is my Christmas right here.”

Urgent Call for Toys!

December 8, 2014

We are in desperate need of new toys and children’s clothing for Santa’s Workshop, which will be held on Saturday, December 13. More than twice the number of children will be served this year, and donations are not coming in as quickly as they have in the past.

The annual event allows parents to “shop” for free gifts for their children while the kids make presents for their family members, teachers and other special people in their lives.

Place Your Order for the 2014 YWCA Holiday Greeting Card

December 2, 2014

Want to spread some holiday cheer and help the women, children and families served by the YWCA Central Alabama at the same time? Send a beautiful holiday card to everyone on your list. This year’s card features an angel created by 7-year-old McKinzii, a participant in the After-School Enrichment Program that serves children in grades K-8 who are experiencing homelessness.

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