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Free Job Training Course Offered for Chronically Unemployed

November 29, 2016

YWCA Central Alabama and Hope Inspired Ministries are joining forces to provide a free job training course for adults who are low-skilled, poorly educated and chronically unemployed. The 11-week course will begin in January and information sessions for potential students will be held Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 29, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the YWCA’s Family Resource Center in Woodlawn, 100 59th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35212.

YWCA Supporters Honored for Commitment to Philanthropy

November 11, 2016

YWCA Central Alabama friends and supporters were well represented during the recent National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the Alabama chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The event is designed to recognize exceptional volunteers and donors in Birmingham, their contributions and the impact they make in the community.

Bhate Employees Put Finishing Touches on Play Area

October 24, 2016

The children at YWCA Central Alabama have a new wonderland of plants to touch and smell, a sensory table to explore, a roots viewing box to watch, and even more teaching moments that "secretly" instruct.

Employees of Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc. recently spent the day landscaping the YW’s Joan Hicks Intergenerational Playground. They pressure washed the area, painted and planted flowers, herbs and vegetables.

Art Therapy Helps Victims and Children Heal

October 21, 2016

“If something doesn’t ‘feel’ right, that’s because it isn’t. Trust your instincts.” That’s the advice a domestic violence victim served by YWCA Central Alabama has for others who wonder if they are in unhealthy relationships.

Her statement was part of a project during a recent art therapy class led by Marlyse Hirschy, a counselor at the YW. The class allows victims to “share the hope, strength, beauty, and ways of coping that they have created out of their broken places,” Hirschy said.

Face to Face with Race

October 19, 2016

You’ve witnessed the news, posted the hashtags, heard the comments and possibly experienced it for yourself, but when was the last time your colleagues and you talked about racism? In light of all that is going on in the world around us, now is the ideal time to talk face to face. You are invited to a YW workshop designed to empower leaders to start conversations about racism and current events to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parents Work to End Domestic Violence in Daughter's Memory

October 14, 2016

Ron and Jan Kimble’s lives were forever changed by a knock on the door in the middle of the night. Two police officers had come to their Charlotte, North Carolina home to tell them that their 31-year-old daughter, Jamie, had been shot to death by her boyfriend.

“We were in shock,” Jan said during a recent visit to YWCA Central Alabama, where the couple met with police officers, court officials and advocates for domestic violence victims to share ideas and resources.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Aimed at Saving Lives

September 30, 2016

In the first half of 2016, at least 13 Jefferson County residents lost their lives to domestic violence. That’s more than twice the number killed in the county in all of 2015, and it illustrates the importance of YWCA Central Alabama’s domestic violence prevention efforts.

“We are working every day to save lives,” said Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator. “By educating people about the warning signs of domestic violence and how to seek help, we hope to encourage as many victims as possible to escape their abusive relationships before it’s too late.”

YWCA Welcomes New Junior Board Members

September 16, 2016

For more than 30 years, YWCA Central Alabama’s Junior Board members have made quite an impact on the lives of so many, especially the YW’s children.

The group recently welcomed nine new members who will help raise awareness about the YWCA’s programs and funds to support them. Joining the Junior Board this year are Julia Bevill, Yonti Brown, Megan Chenoweth, Martha Foster, Jessica Oliver, Breauna Peterson, Ann Watford, Ann Bailey White and Ginny Willings.