Weekly Stories

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.

Birmingham Mayor and Council Lend Support to Domestic Violence Awareness Efforts

October 10, 2014

Mayor William Bell and members of the Birmingham City Council officially declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Birmingham during a recent council meeting and praised the YWCA Central Alabama for its efforts in reaching more victims, educating the public and offering help and hope.

Helping Make Voices Heard

October 3, 2014

Midterm elections are upon us, and while they may not seem as glamorous as presidential elections, they are still crucial. The YWCA Central Alabama is committed to encouraging increased voter participation and active citizenship, especially among new voters and those with a history of low participation.

Vision Screenings Put the Focus on Healthy Eyes

September 26, 2014

The preschoolers at the YWCA Central Alabama were all smiles recently – until they got in front of the camera, that is. The children were only following directions when they suddenly grew serious. They’d been told not to smile because these photos were all about the eyes, which needed to be wide open.

YW Women Make Top 50 Over 50 List

September 2, 2014

Positive Maturity recently honored five YW women by awarding them spots on its inaugural Top 50 Over 50 list. The award was created to celebrate members of the community who know how to dream, laugh, be happy and achieve success on many levels. 

St. Clair County Residents Open Their Hearts to Domestic Violence Victims

August 22, 2014

After arriving at Our Place, the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter in St. Clair County, a woman named Gabrielle got the first good night’s sleep she’d had in 10 years. The next day, she realized her son, Alex, was at peace as well. “It just seemed like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders,” she said. “He was a 9-year-old boy again, and I knew that was the start of our new lives.”

Honda Gift Will Help Domestic Violence Victims on the Road to Success

August 19, 2014

Getting their lives back on track just got a little easier for domestic violence victims in St. Clair County, thanks to the generosity of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.

The company, which has a plant in nearby Lincoln, donated a 2013 Honda Pilot to Our Place, the YWCA’s confidential domestic violence shelter serving women and children in St. Clair County. The gift will allow the residents, who often don’t have access to transportation, to get to work, travel to doctor appointments and register their children for school.