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Fond Farewells and New Beginnings: CEO Suzanne Durham Announces Retirement

September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17th, was a tremendous day for all of us involved with the YWCA Central Alabama. Kathryn Harbert, President of the Board of the YWCA Central Alabama announced that long-time YWCA Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Durham, will be retiring at the end of 2013. The Board of Directors has appointed Yolanda Sullivan as Interim Chief Executive Officer to lead this new transition.

Entering the Conversation

September 17, 2013

Noah Schuettge is a recent transplant to Birmingham, AL and is serving as an AmeriCorps member in the Social Justice department at the YWCA Central Alabama.

New Perspectives, Experiences and Appreciation while Serving

September 12, 2013

Travis is a recent graduate of the University of Montevallo. He received an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Philosophy and Literature. Travis recently joined the AmeriCorps team as the Communications Specialist at the YWCA and designs promotional material for Eclipse Coffee & Books in Montevallo.

YWCA’s Heritage Panel and Healthy Relationships Programs

September 11, 2013

We’re at the beginning of another school year, and while students are getting back into the flow, the YWCA is gearing up as well with two programs to promote social justice and encourage healthy dating relationships.

Educational Disparities, Disengaged Electorate

September 6, 2013

For Birmingham City Schools, class started on August 19th. The summer was over and a more consistent routine had begun. A week into school, on Tuesday, August 27th, many of these students had survived their first pop quiz in math, they were several chapters into their history textbooks, and they were thinking about Labor Day and their first break from this routine. August 27th passed with little fanfare.

YWCA Receives Donation from Thirty One

September 5, 2013

The YWCA received a wonderful surprise from YWCA supporter Amanda Graves, National Executive Director of Thirty-One Gifts, and the more than 40 other consultants and directors from Thirty-One. As part of their Thirty-One Gives initiative, they collected items to donate to the YWCA from our KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner wish list and women’s clothing and accessories for My Sister’s Closet.
 

Anger, Energy, Compassion and Service

September 3, 2013

Stacy Oliver recently completed her second year of AmeriCorps service through the Building Communities, Bettering Lives program. She has served as the Community Outreach & Communications Assistant for a YW partner agency, One Roof, and has also served as a volunteer for YWCA and YWoodlawn programs and events.

Stereotypes and Socialization

August 27, 2013

Deidra K. Perry is an active YW Board Member and visited Anytown Alabama this year to see the program in action. She has addressed audiences in the US and abroad on topics of diversity, leadership and mixed generations in the workplace. Professionally, Deidra is the Sales Manager of Birmingham Magazine/AL.com.

YWCA Hosts Fifth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon

August 22, 2013

The YWCA Central Alabama hosted its Fifth Annual Purse & Passion St. Clair County Luncheon today at Pell City First United Methodist Church. The Luncheon chaired by Honorary YW Board Member Dr. Virginia Gauld raises money to support Our Place, the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter in St. Clair County that offers a broad array of domestic violence services to women and families in the area. This year Purse & Passion St. Clair County raised $72,559 and counting!

Where do we go from here?

August 15, 2013

Gregory C. Townsend is currently a co-chair for the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition.  He holds a Master of Arts in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College and is very active in his community where he has served on numerous community agency boards and volunteered with many groups to empower families and high-risk youth. Gregory is married to Pamela and they have two daughters Sh’Nese (25) and Ashleigh (17). They attend the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where Gregory serves as an outreach/evangelism coordinator.

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