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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.”

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.

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