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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.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® 2017

May 9, 2017

The community is invited to take a stand with the YWCA against domestic violence. Our annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® event is set for May 18.

Click here to learn more about walking or sponsoring this awareness event.

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 18th Annual Purse & Passion Luncheon Helps Change Lives

April 24, 2017

Ryan and Jeannell Ashley wanted nothing more than to raise their children in a happy, loving home. Instead, they lost everything after taking out payday loans and getting trapped in a cycle of debt. Fortunately, the staff of YWCA Central Alabama helped them get back on their feet, and the Ashleys have been self-sufficient for more than a year.

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 Honors Memory and Impact of Jenny Gauld

March 20, 2017

Dr. Virginia (Jenny) Gauld was the epitome of a YWoman. A trailblazer, a tireless advocate and a visionary, Gauld, who passed away March 14 after a brief illness, was a friend to all.

The first female vice president at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Gauld started her academic career in 1967 as a first-grade teacher. She retired from UAB in 2006 as Vice President of Student Affairs. Despite the demands of her profession, Gauld always made time to better her community.

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!”