Aaron Brazelton has always been a big picture kind of guy, so after participating in two of the YWCA Central Alabama’s youth leadership programs, he decided to take what he had learned and pay it forward – all the way to Serbia.
The 22-year-old Br
At the World YWCA Council meeting in Thailand, Yolanda Sullivan, Jennifer Caraway and Brenda Durham saw firsthand what a collective impact really looks like. As they exchanged ideas and brainstormed with women from more than 70 countries, they realized that the YWCA truly makes a world of difference.
Fluorescent black lights and glowing plastic spiders set the stage for a frighteningly good time at the YWCA Central Alabama’s Fall Festival.
Maria Lizcano knows what it’s like to live in fear.
One of the first times Neely McGinnis volunteered with the YWCA Central Alabama’s Children in Crisis program, she was shocked to hear a child talk about her father holding a gun to her mother’s head.
The night their father killed their mother, Andrea Humphries and Dana Jarrett found a strength they never knew they had. Despite their pain, the sisters are speaking out in hopes that victims of domestic violence and those who love them will learn from their experience.
“Domestic violence is serious, threats are serious,” Jarrett said. “We do not want anyone to experience the nightmare of living through this. We choose to share our story to help give others the courage to speak out against domestic violence and choose a better story than ours.”
Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator for the YWCA Central Alabama, keeps a collection of obituaries in her office to remind her of why her work is so important.
Each one represents the life of a woman killed by someone who had claimed to love her. The obituaries, complete with photos of the victims in happier times, are proof of the message that Nunn tries to share with anyone who will listen: Domestic violence happens everywhere.
Eight-year-old Chloe laughed in delight as she watched the image she created on the screen. She moved her arm in a graceful arch and was rewarded with a larger-than-life mirror image of the movement. A little later, she and three friends danced in a circle and were amazed when their actions were projected upside down. “That is so cool,” Chloe said. “It’s like a video game.