Weekly Stories

Yolanda Sullivan Named CEO of YWCA Central Alabama

December 16, 2014

In their quest to find the next CEO of the YWCA Central Alabama, members of the search committee cast a wide net, interviewing candidates from all over the country. It didn’t take them long, however, to realize that they didn’t need to look far.

Yolanda Sullivan, a former Board president who has led the agency on an interim basis since January, was named CEO of the organization today. The news was met with cheers and applause from the staff and Board members who gathered for the announcement.

Free Family Portraits Cap Off Picture Perfect Day

December 12, 2014

Keisha and her four children wore matching shirts and matching smiles as they posed for the photographer one recent Saturday at the YWCA Central Alabama.“This is our first time to have family pictures together,” she said. “When they told us about it, I couldn’t believe it. It made me feel real good.”

It didn’t seem possible for Keisha’s smile to get any bigger, but as soon as she saw the pictures, it did. “I just love them,” she said as her eyes filled with tears. “I want to just cry. This is my Christmas right here.”

Urgent Call for Toys!

December 8, 2014

We are in desperate need of new toys and children’s clothing for Santa’s Workshop, which will be held on Saturday, December 13. More than twice the number of children will be served this year, and donations are not coming in as quickly as they have in the past.

The annual event allows parents to “shop” for free gifts for their children while the kids make presents for their family members, teachers and other special people in their lives.

Place Your Order for the 2014 YWCA Holiday Greeting Card

December 2, 2014

Want to spread some holiday cheer and help the women, children and families served by the YWCA Central Alabama at the same time? Send a beautiful holiday card to everyone on your list. This year’s card features an angel created by 7-year-old McKinzii, a participant in the After-School Enrichment Program that serves children in grades K-8 who are experiencing homelessness.

YW Kids are All Smiles for Free Dental Screenings

November 21, 2014

At the YWCA Central Alabama, not only do we love to see our children smile, we love it when their smiles are healthy. That’s why we were thrilled to host Smiles for Keeps, which recently provided free dental screenings for the preschoolers in our child development programs.

Once Homeless, Woman Finds Security Through YW Homes Program

November 10, 2014

Terisha Brown’s path to homelessness started before she was ever born. She was only 2 when her mother, a longtime drug addict, was murdered. She was sexually abused by a relative when she was 8 and had a baby at 14. Still, she never thought she would be forced to sleep in a car, an abandoned trailer or on the cold, hard ground.

Fall Festival is All Fun and Games for YW Children

October 31, 2014

Five-year-old Charlie sat on the ground with his hands behind his back and did his best to bite into a doughnut that was hanging from a piece of yarn.  He stuck his tongue out and pushed the doughnut, making it twirl around on the string until he finally had success. “That was really, really fun,” he said, licking some powder off his lips. “I want to do it again!”

Helping Victims Move From Fear to Freedom

October 24, 2014

Rosemary Trible has dedicated her life to helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence find their joy. The secret, she believes, is in the little things that come at just the right time.

That’s why Trible started Fear 2 Freedom, a Virginia-based nonprofit aimed at raising awareness of sexual abuse, bringing change through vigilance and bringing healing through compassion. She recently traveled to Birmingham-Southern College for a “Celebration Night” benefiting the YWCA Central Alabama and the Crisis Center Inc.’s Rape Response program.

Community Roundtable Raises Conversation About Domestic Violence

October 17, 2014

For Maxine Lewis, April 4, 1986 will always be her personal 9/11. She had been in an abusive marriage for years, suffering verbal and emotional abuse before it escalated to the physical. This time, however, was different. It was the first time her young children had seen and heard what was happening, and it was the first time she called the police.