Weekly Stories

Candlelight Vigils Raise Awareness and Honor Victims of Domestic Violence

October 9, 2015

The night their father killed their mother, Andrea Humphries and Dana Jarrett found a strength they never knew they had. Despite their pain, the sisters are speaking out in hopes that victims of domestic violence and those who love them will learn from their experience.

“Domestic violence is serious, threats are serious,” Jarrett said. “We do not want anyone to experience the nightmare of living through this. We choose to share our story to help give others the courage to speak out against domestic violence and choose a better story than ours.”

YWCA Offers Help and Hope to Domestic Violence Victims

October 1, 2015

Annetta Nunn, community outreach coordinator for the YWCA Central Alabama, keeps a collection of obituaries in her office to remind her of why her work is so important.

Each one represents the life of a woman killed by someone who had claimed to love her. The obituaries, complete with photos of the victims in happier times, are proof of the message that Nunn tries to share with anyone who will listen: Domestic violence happens everywhere.

Crew Program Gives Woodlawn Teens Work Experience and More

August 28, 2015

The school day starts as early as always, but the parents of some Woodlawn teenagers have noticed that getting their kids up and out the door in the morning isn’t as difficult as it used to be.

They credit the YWCA Central Alabama’s CREW (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) program, which allows youth in the Woodlawn community the opportunity to gain work experience during the summer and participate in personal and professional development opportunities.

Summer Adventures Prepare Students for School Year

August 13, 2015

Children who participated in the YWCA Central Alabama’s Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program were faced with a dilemma during these first few days of the new school year. When asked how they spent their summer vacation, they had a hard time narrowing down their answers.

YWCA Junior Board Makes Powerful Impact on the Community

July 24, 2015

Whether they were raising money to support the YWCA Central Alabama’s child development program for homeless children, convincing men to walk in red high heels to spread awareness about domestic violence or passing out prizes at the Fall Festival, members of the YW Junior Board made quite an impact during the 2014-15 term.

“These fabulous women have so much energy and drive, and we are fortunate that they are willing to share their talents with the YWCA,” said Yolanda Sullivan, CEO. “I am so grateful for this amazing group and for the passion they have for our mission.”

New KIDS Korner Classroom Brings Smiles to Lots of Faces

July 17, 2015

When TJ, his mom and grandmother came to the YWCA Central Alabama recently, they were hot, tired and frustrated. Several days into their search for childcare for the 2-year-old, they were very discouraged and the grandmother was almost in tears. “I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “They told me, ‘Go to the YWCA, they can help.’ ” 

YWCA Celebrates Christmas in July to Help Families in Need

July 10, 2015

We may be in the middle of a summer heat wave, but it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas at the YWCA Central Alabama. In an effort to ensure that a growing number of very deserving boys and girls will have a happy holiday season, we are celebrating Christmas in July.

Reading Program Makes Learning Fun for YWCA Children

July 2, 2015

Eight-year-old Morgan read a book about space and got more and more excited with each page. She thinks Saturn might be her favorite planet because of its rings, and she believes she might want to be an astronaut one day. “It just seems like it would be a lot of fun,” she said.