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Retired YWCA CEO Suzanne Durham Receives Woman of Vision Award

March 4, 2014

Retiring after 34 years as CEO of YWCA Central Alabama, Suzanne Durham was recently presented with the “Woman of Vision” award at the 2014 Momentum Conference. Durham was honored for her dedication and perseverance in making the YWCA Central Alabama one of the most successful nonprofits in the area. Durham was honored along with other extraordinary Alabama women: the “Woman of Courage,” Jan Davis; “Woman of Leadership,” Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart; “Woman of Impact,” Mona N.

February Roundup

February 28, 2014

Each month, we give you a roundup of the highlights in national and local news relevant to social justice topics. Our goal is to let the stories spark productive conversations that can help create change and a more welcoming and inclusive community for all. Due to the snowstorm, we missed January, so we’re catching you up with stories from January and February this month.

YWCA Hosts Seventh Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon

February 26, 2014

Last week the YWCA held its seventh annual KIDS (Kids In Distress) Korner luncheon on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The luncheon, themed “Love an Angel,” was in support of KIDS Korner, the YWCA’s child care program for children of homeless families. At this year’s luncheon, over 50 wonderful YW women invited over 400 of their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to the KIDS Korner Luncheon for a day of fundraising for the YWCA’s little “angels.”

Love is Not a Given

February 25, 2014

Julia Venable is a second year AmeriCorps member serving through the YWCA Central Alabama with Girls on the Run and Heart Gallery Alabama. Previously, she served in the YWCA's domestic violence department as a Healthy Relationships Instructor. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she is currently working towards her MA in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Take Action TODAY

February 24, 2014

Joan Witherspoon-Norris is the Director of Social Justice at the YWCA Central Alabama. She currently oversees the AmeriCorps program and other youth and social justice programming for the YWCA.

YWCA Honors Judge Helen Shores Lee with Woman of Valor Award

February 19, 2014

At this year’s YWCA Annual Meeting, held Tuesday, February 11, 2014, an extraordinary woman was honored: Judge Helen Shores Lee. The meeting was originally delayed due to the snow and ice a few weeks ago, but despite the threat of wintry weather, the Board and Junior Board gathered Tuesday night. The group reviewed and celebrated the accomplishments of the YW in 2013 and took a moment to honor Judge Lee, who was awarded the 2013 Jeana P.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 18, 2014

Katie Reed graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies. She serves as an AmeriCorps member in the YWCA's Healthy Relationships program and is currently studying Mental Health Counseling at UAB.

Connection is Key

February 14, 2014

Rose Prince is an AmeriCorps member serving at the YWCA Central Alabama as a Court Advocate with Domestic Violence Services. She recently moved back to Alabama, her birth-state, from Tennessee where she attended Bryan College, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology this past May.

YWCA Wins Award for Domestic Violence Services

February 5, 2014

Recently the YWCA partnered with the Birmingham Police Department on a new project, The Lethality Assessment Program. Through this intervention program, officers from the police department identify victims of domestic violence who are at risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners.

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