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YW Women Make Top 50 Over 50 List

September 2, 2014

Positive Maturity recently honored five YW women by awarding them spots on its inaugural Top 50 Over 50 list. The award was created to celebrate members of the community who know how to dream, laugh, be happy and achieve success on many levels. 

On Becoming An Accidental LGBTQ Activist

August 29, 2014

Carolyn Sherer, an award-winning fine arts photographer, was born in Jasper but her military family traveled extensively, shaping her worldview of shared humanity amongst great diversity.

St. Clair County Residents Open Their Hearts to Domestic Violence Victims

August 22, 2014

After arriving at Our Place, the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter in St. Clair County, a woman named Gabrielle got the first good night’s sleep she’d had in 10 years. The next day, she realized her son, Alex, was at peace as well. “It just seemed like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders,” she said. “He was a 9-year-old boy again, and I knew that was the start of our new lives.”

Honda Gift Will Help Domestic Violence Victims on the Road to Success

August 19, 2014

Getting their lives back on track just got a little easier for domestic violence victims in St. Clair County, thanks to the generosity of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.

The company, which has a plant in nearby Lincoln, donated a 2013 Honda Pilot to Our Place, the YWCA’s confidential domestic violence shelter serving women and children in St. Clair County. The gift will allow the residents, who often don’t have access to transportation, to get to work, travel to doctor appointments and register their children for school.

YWoodlawn Housing Initiative Recognized with 2014 Mayor’s Award

August 5, 2014

The YWCA Central Alabama holds itself to a degree of excellence and outstanding character when it comes to the care and concern of our residents and housing. Improving living conditions and offering positive opportunities for everyone means not only providing a comfortable bed, but also fostering and strengthening communities. The YW is proud of the services we provide our community and we are beyond thankful and humbled when others recognize them as well.

Finding Home in Other Worlds

July 15, 2014


Shaina Shealy grew up in Birmingham, AL and was lucky enough to experience four Anytown summers!  She now lives in Jerusalem where she studies Islam and the Middle East. 

Nurturing Inclusive Communities: June Roundup

June 26, 2014

Each month, the blog will bring you a monthly roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to hit major news, but also include a few pieces that you may have missed.