Weekly Stories

United Methodist Clergy Trained to Help Domestic Violence Victims

June 8, 2017

Nearly 50 Methodist ministers and church leaders are better equipped to serve domestic violence victims in their congregations after participating in recent trainings to help them understand the complexities of the crime.

“Oftentimes, victims of domestic violence will reach out to their faith leaders before they talk to anyone else because they trust them,” said Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator for YWCA Central Alabama. “It’s important for clergy to know about the resources that are available and how to best help victims in their congregations.”

Former YWCA Residents Treats Mothers to Lunch

May 25, 2017

Tessie Thomas knows what it’s like to feel hopeless, so she looks for every opportunity to help those in crisis know that someone cares.

That’s why she recently prepared a gourmet Mother’s Day lunch for residents of Interfaith Hospitality House, YWCA Central Alabama’s shelter for homeless families. “For someone at their lowest point, a white tablecloth and a vase of fresh flowers can bring their stress level down,” Thomas said. “It can bathe their spirit enough for them to keep going.”

YWCA Seeks Domestic Violence Hotline Volunteers

May 5, 2017

Thames Schoenvogel never knows exactly what to expect when she answers a call to the YWCA’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line, but her greatest desire is to let the woman on the phone know she’s not alone.

YWCA's Prom Palooza Event is Fit for a Queen

March 31, 2017

When 18-year-old Briana Caldwell arrived at Pell City’s St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church to search for the perfect prom dress, she had only one requirement in mind.
“Nothing else mattered,” the Talladega County Central High School senior said. “The dress just had to be purple.”
The idea was fitting, as Briana’s vision for her final prom night was one of royalty and extravagance. And this year, she had her sights set on being named prom queen, so her preparation was very important.

YWCA AmeriCorps Members Honored for Their Service

March 10, 2017

When Laura Fliegel decided to become a YWCA Central Alabama AmeriCorps member, she figured she would serve her community for a year before going back to school to pursue a master’s degree in international relations. Six months later, she’s still planning on returning to school, but she’s focusing on a degree in social work instead.

Donate a Prom Dress and Make a Dream Come True

March 3, 2017

Lots of little girls dream of being princesses, and 17-year-old Shenae will soon know what it feels like to be one, courtesy of YWCA Central Alabama.

The agency will host two Prom Palooza events this month, providing beautiful gowns and accessories to girls in need. “I can’t wait to find a dress,” Shenae said. “I can’t decide if I want a yellow one or a pink one, but I’ll know it when I see it. I’m so excited!”

YWCA Honors Memory of Beloved Security Guard

February 24, 2017

If you’ve ever been to YWCA Central Alabama, chances are you met Steve Craig. He was our security guard for more than 10 years, but in reality, he was much more than that. He was our greatest ambassador, our biggest cheerleader, our staunchest supporter, and our dearest friend.

We lost Steve suddenly and way too soon last month, and our YW family – staff members, Board members, residents, clients and volunteers – gathered this week to remember him. We shared stories and hugs, tears and smiles. Mostly, though, we laughed, and that’s just the way he would have wanted it.

YWCA's 10th Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon Supports Homeless Children

February 17, 2017

There are a million reasons to celebrate the success of YWCA Central Alabama’s 10th Annual KIDS Korner Luncheon. The event, held Feb. 16, 2017 at the BJCC East Ballroom, raised $175,007 (and counting) to support the YW’s KIDS Korner child development program for homeless children.
Midway through the luncheon, a project of the Junior Board, YWCA CEO Yolanda Sullivan announced a significant milestone. “Thanks to all of you, this event has raised $1 million to support homeless children in just 10 years,” she told the 650 guests.

YWCA Honors Dot Mueller and Names New Board Members

February 3, 2017

Dot Mueller got her first taste of community service when she was a student at West End High School in the 1950s. She was a member of the Y-Teens program, a service organization for teenage girls, and she never forgot how fulfilling it was to help someone in need. “That feeling never leaves you, and you begin to look for more opportunities to serve,” she said.