After leaving an abusive marriage and turning to YWCA Central Alabama for help, Tessie found the support she needed to transform her situation “from gloom and doom to thriving.”
Tessie’s story was highlighted at the YWCA’s 19th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon, held April 26 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. More than 1,400 supporters attended the event and opened their purses and wallets to raise critical funds to help the women, children and families served by the YWCA.
Ivalee Smith took a long look at herself in the mirror and beamed. She wore a dark gray gown with beading that resembled shooting stars, and the result was magical. “I felt absolutely beautiful,” she said later. “I felt like I was wearing the night sky.”
The 17-year-old high school senior recently found the dress of her dreams during one of YWCA Central Alabama’s Prom Palooza events held in Birmingham and Pell City. The YW provided free prom dresses and accessories to 222 girls, filling a tremendous need.
Want to know how many lives have been impacted so far by members of YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program? Enough to fit on three cruise ships.
The 40 AmeriCorps members have touched 10,787 lives – and that was just in their first quarter of service. “They make all the difference in the world,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said following a recent celebration honoring past and current members during AmeriCorps Week 2018.
Dailey Nichols, a student at Vanderbilt University and a graduate of Mountain Brook High School, wrote the following account of her experience at Anytown Alabama, a social justice leadership summit for teens held each summer in partnership with YWCA Central Alabama and National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). The YW is accepting applications for Anytown, set for June 3-9, 2018, through April 13. For information or to register, click here.
It doesn’t take much to fall in love with the girls and boys in YWCA Central Alabama’s KIDS Korner child development program for children of homeless families. One look at their smiling faces and it’s obvious that they deserve the best future possible.
Alabama’s nationally recognized First Class Pre-K programs are now accepting pre-registration applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To participate, each child must provide a birth certificate documenting that he/she is 4 years old (and not yet 5) on or before September 2, 2018 and must also be an Alabama resident (documented with proof of residence such as a current utility bill or copy of a lease or mortgage) throughout enrollment.
Dashia Abrams had big dreams. The 19-year-old Huffman High School graduate had plans to pursue a criminal justice degree. Instead, just a few weeks into summer last year, she was shot to death by her boyfriend, who later turned the gun on himself.
YWCA Central Alabama recently welcomed a new Board president, celebrated the accomplishments of 2017 and honored Judge Sandra Storm for her impact on the lives of domestic violence victims and children in crisis.
It all happened at the agency’s recent 2017 Annual Meeting, attended by current and past Board and Junior Board members, community leaders and YW supporters.
Outgoing Board President Brenda Hackney passed the torch to Maggie Brooke, a longtime Board member and volunteer.