Weekly Stories

YWCA Among Thousands to Pay Tribute in Selma

March 16, 2015

After attending the ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Brittany Pressley will have stories to share with her children and grandchildren.

“This was such a great historic event to have been a part of, and getting to hear the president speak was one of the highlights of my trip,” she said. “I will never forget this experience.”

ARLA to Host Fair Lending Rally at YWCA

February 24, 2015

It didn’t take long for Candi Wiley to get trapped. Short on cash, she went to a payday lender to get money to pay the light bill. “I needed $200 and they said, 'I tell you what, we’ll give you five,'” she said. “They made it easy.”

Suzanne Durham to be Honored for Lifetime Achievement by NCCJ

February 16, 2015

Suzanne Durham, retired CEO of the YWCA Central Alabama, has dedicated her life to promoting understanding, acceptance and dignity. In March, she will be honored for her commitment to building bridges within our diverse community and for her efforts in eliminating racism and prejudice.

YWCA Honors Charlena Bray with Woman of Valor Award

January 22, 2015

When Charlena Bray served as president of YW Homes, which provides affordable housing for low-income families, she attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Rosedale. It was held on the very street where she lived as a child and it brought everything into focus.

“More than anything, it was a reminder of how blessed I’ve been and of the growth opportunities that have been afforded me,” she said. “It’s a wonderful feeling, getting back to your roots and doing something special.”

YW Staff Learns Ways to Motivate Change

December 30, 2014

Most of the women and families who come to the YWCA Central Alabama are hoping to change their lives. The key is in finding ways to make them want to take the steps necessary to do it.

Gift to YW Children Makes Horsing Around Fun

December 22, 2014

More than 100 years ago, a champion stallion named Shamrock was the pride of the Wells Fargo wagon team. Today, a stuffed plush version of the horse is the pride and joy of the girls and boys in the YWCA Central Alabama’s child development program.