YWCA Central Alabama

YWCA Central Alabama Eliminating Racism. Empowering Women. #YWCA Central Alabama Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ywcentralal Since 1903, the YWCA Central Alabama has strived to create a more caring community.

For more than 100 years, the YW continues to plant the seeds of hope providing comfort where there is pain, love where there is loneliness, and a light where there is darkness. The YWCA serves as a place of refuge, responding to the needs of women and their families providing hope and opportunities in a warm, family-like environment. The YWCA Central Alabama’s programs and services focus on three

For more than 100 years, the YW continues to plant the seeds of hope providing comfort where there is pain, love where there is loneliness, and a light where there is darkness. The YWCA serves as a place of refuge, responding to the needs of women and their families providing hope and opportunities in a warm, family-like environment. The YWCA Central Alabama’s programs and services focus on three

Operating as usual

WE'RE HIRING! All of our current openings are full-time positions at our downtown Birmingham location. You can find job ...
07/07/2021

WE'RE HIRING! All of our current openings are full-time positions at our downtown Birmingham location. You can find job descriptions and apply at ywcabham.org/careers.

▪️ Child Development Teacher
▪️ Database Specialist
▪️ Director of Community Housing
▪️ Maintenance Technician
▪️ Prevention & Outreach Specialist
▪️ Social Justice Specialist

WE'RE HIRING! All of our current openings are full-time positions at our downtown Birmingham location. You can find job descriptions and apply at ywcabham.org/careers.

▪️ Child Development Teacher
▪️ Database Specialist
▪️ Director of Community Housing
▪️ Maintenance Technician
▪️ Prevention & Outreach Specialist
▪️ Social Justice Specialist

07/06/2021

Early bird ticket pricing ends TODAY! Visit ywcakidskorner.swell.gives and get your $50 tickets to the NEW KIDS Korner, presented by PNC. Tomorrow the price will increase to $75.

We will be celebrating and raising funds for our nationally accredited Child Development Center on Thursday, August 19. We'd love for you to join us at Events at Regions Field from 6-9 p.m. for an evening filled with cotton candy, laughter and fireworks!

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July!Our offices and programs will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the hol...
07/04/2021

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July!

Our offices and programs will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the holiday.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation or experiencing a crisis, please call our crisis line at 205.322.4878 or 1.800.650.6522.

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July!

Our offices and programs will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the holiday.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation or experiencing a crisis, please call our crisis line at 205.322.4878 or 1.800.650.6522.

Join us July 31 for a block party at our Family Resource Center! We’re also looking for volunteers to help the day of.Si...
07/03/2021

Join us July 31 for a block party at our Family Resource Center! We’re also looking for volunteers to help the day of.

Sign up for a time to attend or to volunteer at https://www.ywcabham.org/events/back-school-block-party-july-31-11-am.

Have you heard the news? WE’RE HAVING A PARTY!! 🎉🥳

🔸The @ywcentralal Family Resource Center invites YOU to the Family Reunion: Block Party Edition! All are welcomed to a COVID safe, back-to-school block party in the Woodlawn Community. Guests will enjoy FREE school supplies, FREE food from Travis Chicago Style, Eugene's Hot Chicken, Coca-Cola Bottling United, Lillie's Cup, Water Way, Frito Lays and others, FREE resources, music from 98.7 KISS-FM and 95.7 JAMZ, vendor booths and lots of giveaways!

🔸This event will be Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 100 59th Street South.

🔸REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to attend.

🔸Guests are invited in designated slots to provide crowd control.
Masks/ face shields are required & social distancing will be practiced

🔸Email [email protected] or call 205-949-5550 for more information.

Thank you PNC for the grant supporting our CREW program! We appreciate your continued support of the YWCA mission and ou...
07/01/2021

Thank you PNC for the grant supporting our CREW program! We appreciate your continued support of the YWCA mission and our programs.

CREW Teens (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) is our four-to-seven week virtual/in-person intensive workforce development program primarily serving more than two dozen students from the Woodlawn area and metro-Birmingham students in grades 9-12. CREW Summer Workforce Development provides stipends, work opportunities with local businesses and nonprofits, daily mentoring, personal development and professional training.

Thank you PNC for the grant supporting our CREW program! We appreciate your continued support of the YWCA mission and our programs.

CREW Teens (Creating Responsible Educated Working teens) is our four-to-seven week virtual/in-person intensive workforce development program primarily serving more than two dozen students from the Woodlawn area and metro-Birmingham students in grades 9-12. CREW Summer Workforce Development provides stipends, work opportunities with local businesses and nonprofits, daily mentoring, personal development and professional training.

We're one week away from our early bird deadline! Get your tickets to our KIDS Korner event, presented by PNC happening ...
06/30/2021

We're one week away from our early bird deadline! Get your tickets to our KIDS Korner event, presented by PNC happening Thursday, August 19 at Events at Regions Field.

Ticket prices are currently $50 per ticket, but will increase Wednesday, July 7.

Don't miss out on this fun evening of cotton candy, fireworks, and fundraising to support our Child Development Center. Learn more, start a team and purchase your ticket at ywcakidskorner.swell.gives.

We're one week away from our early bird deadline! Get your tickets to our KIDS Korner event, presented by PNC happening Thursday, August 19 at Events at Regions Field.

Ticket prices are currently $50 per ticket, but will increase Wednesday, July 7.

Don't miss out on this fun evening of cotton candy, fireworks, and fundraising to support our Child Development Center. Learn more, start a team and purchase your ticket at ywcakidskorner.swell.gives.

Last week the Junior League of Birmingham donated 75 gift cards to benefit our programs and services! We are both astoun...
06/29/2021

Last week the Junior League of Birmingham donated 75 gift cards to benefit our programs and services! We are both astounded and grateful for their ingenuity of holding a gift card drive, which was a first for us.

While all donations are appreciated, gift cards open up the greatest way to obtain needed items and so many opportunities for the women we serve from filling gaps in transportation, food, emergency clothing, and those transitioning from shelter to housing.

Last week the Junior League of Birmingham donated 75 gift cards to benefit our programs and services! We are both astounded and grateful for their ingenuity of holding a gift card drive, which was a first for us.

While all donations are appreciated, gift cards open up the greatest way to obtain needed items and so many opportunities for the women we serve from filling gaps in transportation, food, emergency clothing, and those transitioning from shelter to housing.

June marks Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, which took place 52 years ago today. These riots lasted ...
06/28/2021

June marks Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, which took place 52 years ago today. These riots lasted for six days, and their legacy is carried on today through Pride marches, parades, and other events all around the world.

As Pride Month comes to a close, we recognize how far we have to go until true LGBTQIAP+ liberation for all is achieved. YWCA is proud to stand in deep solidarity with all members of the BIPOC community regardless of gender expression or sexual orientation.

We know that pride today would be nothing without the Black transwomen who started it all – for their trailblazing we are so grateful. We eagerly await a future where peace, justice, freedom and dignity is the standard for everyone.

June marks Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots, which took place 52 years ago today. These riots lasted for six days, and their legacy is carried on today through Pride marches, parades, and other events all around the world.

As Pride Month comes to a close, we recognize how far we have to go until true LGBTQIAP+ liberation for all is achieved. YWCA is proud to stand in deep solidarity with all members of the BIPOC community regardless of gender expression or sexual orientation.

We know that pride today would be nothing without the Black transwomen who started it all – for their trailblazing we are so grateful. We eagerly await a future where peace, justice, freedom and dignity is the standard for everyone.

Today’s Derek Chauvin sentencing motivates YWCA Central Alabama to continue bringing awareness to the pervasiveness of s...
06/25/2021

Today’s Derek Chauvin sentencing motivates YWCA Central Alabama to continue bringing awareness to the pervasiveness of systemic and institutional racism and to end it once and for all. Let’s be clear, Derek Chauvin, trusted to protect and serve, senselessly ended George Floyd’s life, forcing America to face an issue that has long plagued families of color and reigniting the cry for racial justice.

Although no number of years will bring Mr. Floyd back, this case marks an inflection point in the arc of the moral universe. Perhaps on this day, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hoped, that arc bends more toward justice. In this decisive moment, we feel the wheels of change moving, but we cannot be complacent.

The work continues Until Justice Just Is.

Today’s Derek Chauvin sentencing motivates YWCA Central Alabama to continue bringing awareness to the pervasiveness of systemic and institutional racism and to end it once and for all. Let’s be clear, Derek Chauvin, trusted to protect and serve, senselessly ended George Floyd’s life, forcing America to face an issue that has long plagued families of color and reigniting the cry for racial justice.

Although no number of years will bring Mr. Floyd back, this case marks an inflection point in the arc of the moral universe. Perhaps on this day, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hoped, that arc bends more toward justice. In this decisive moment, we feel the wheels of change moving, but we cannot be complacent.

The work continues Until Justice Just Is.

Now is the Time for Strong Student Mental Health Support As Birmingham slowly emerges from the long shadow cast by the e...
06/23/2021
Coalition: Now is the Time for Strong Student Mental Health Support

Now is the Time for Strong Student Mental Health Support

As Birmingham slowly emerges from the long shadow cast by the events of 2020, our community must be mindful of what our youth -- particularly the Black and Brown students from our most vulnerable neighborhoods -- have just experienced.

We surveyed over 800 community members and engaged 220 stakeholders in hour-long community conversations. We compiled what we heard into a series of key findings and recommendations.

📚 Books We're Into 📚 This month we're looking at "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond.H...
06/22/2021

📚 Books We're Into 📚 This month we're looking at "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond.

Housing and economic disparities plague communities across the nation. Matthew Desmond chronicles the lived experiences of eight Milwaukee families forced out of their homes. "Evicted" takes a hard look at the ills of capitalism, exploitation, and poverty.

You can find hardcover, paperback, Kindle and audiobook options on Amazon.com. And it's eligible for Amazon Smile!

📚 Books We're Into 📚 This month we're looking at "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond.

Housing and economic disparities plague communities across the nation. Matthew Desmond chronicles the lived experiences of eight Milwaukee families forced out of their homes. "Evicted" takes a hard look at the ills of capitalism, exploitation, and poverty.

You can find hardcover, paperback, Kindle and audiobook options on Amazon.com. And it's eligible for Amazon Smile!

Are you shopping the Amazon.com Prime Day deals today and tomorrow? Use AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases ...
06/21/2021

Are you shopping the Amazon.com Prime Day deals today and tomorrow? Use AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to a charitable organization.

It's all the same products, deals and service, with no cost to you. Just shop at smile.amazon.com from your computer or tablet or activate AmazonSmile and choose a charity [YWCA Central Alabama sounds nice 😉 ] in your settings (under = main menu) in the Amazon app on your phone.

We'd love to be your charity of choice for Amazon Smile and any wish list fulfillments! You can see our wish list of needs at ywcabham.org/ywca-wish-lists.

Are you shopping the Amazon.com Prime Day deals today and tomorrow? Use AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to a charitable organization.

It's all the same products, deals and service, with no cost to you. Just shop at smile.amazon.com from your computer or tablet or activate AmazonSmile and choose a charity [YWCA Central Alabama sounds nice 😉 ] in your settings (under = main menu) in the Amazon app on your phone.

We'd love to be your charity of choice for Amazon Smile and any wish list fulfillments! You can see our wish list of needs at ywcabham.org/ywca-wish-lists.

06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers and father figures. We honor your commitment as fathers, teachers, mentors, and positive role models.

If you would like to make a lasting impact in your father's name, donate to our KIDS Korner event at ywcakidskorner.swell.gives. Funds raised from this campaign will help support our Child Development Center that makes a direct impact on the lives of children in Central Alabama.

Today we walked in the Juneteenth Parade at Kelly Ingram Park to remember and celebrate this monumental day. We loved ce...
06/19/2021

Today we walked in the Juneteenth Parade at Kelly Ingram Park to remember and celebrate this monumental day. We loved celebrating with our community, even in the rain.

While we are grateful that this important day is being nationally recognized, we know that there is still major work to be done to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Let's celebrate Juneteenth together this Saturday!Stand against racism with us at the Juneteenth Parade and Festival. We...
06/16/2021

Let's celebrate Juneteenth together this Saturday!

Stand against racism with us at the Juneteenth Parade and Festival. We will be walking in the parade and be passing out water from our booth at the festival. If you'd like to walk with us, you can sign up at givepul.se/oy16v7.

The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. with the festival to follow at Kelly Ingram Park from 10:30-4:00 p.m.

We have also partnered with @sidewalkfilm to bring the critically acclaimed 2020 @sundanceorg film Miss Juneteenth to Birmingham for the day! Here for one day only, showings will be at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. You can get tickets at sidewalkfest.com/event/miss-juneteenth/.

Health and racism are inextricably linked in the U.S., harming individuals and communities of color, including unequal a...
06/14/2021

Health and racism are inextricably linked in the U.S., harming individuals and communities of color, including unequal access to quality education, livable wages, healthy food, affordable housing, and safe transportation options. Racism is a public health crisis.

YWCA USA is making a declaration for change. We will be meeting with legislators this Thursday to urge them to take action and declare that racism is a public health crisis.

Join us as we fight *against* racism and *for* health equity. Call on our Members of Congress to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis: bit.ly/3wJtPcQ

Health and racism are inextricably linked in the U.S., harming individuals and communities of color, including unequal access to quality education, livable wages, healthy food, affordable housing, and safe transportation options. Racism is a public health crisis.

YWCA USA is making a declaration for change. We will be meeting with legislators this Thursday to urge them to take action and declare that racism is a public health crisis.

Join us as we fight *against* racism and *for* health equity. Call on our Members of Congress to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis: bit.ly/3wJtPcQ

Join us tomorrow, June 15, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for an educational conversation about strangulation, one of the most l...
06/14/2021

Join us tomorrow, June 15, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for an educational conversation about strangulation, one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence.

This webinar will equip professionals who assist victims of strangulation with strategies to properly assess for non-fatal strangulation, advocate for specific medical attention and safety needs of strangulation survivors and understand the devastating traumatic outcomes of strangulation for survivors.

This free webinar is for professionals. CEU & CLE credit is available. Registration required. Learn more and register at ywcabham.org/events/june-15-training-regarding-trauma-strangulation.

Join us tomorrow, June 15, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for an educational conversation about strangulation, one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence.

This webinar will equip professionals who assist victims of strangulation with strategies to properly assess for non-fatal strangulation, advocate for specific medical attention and safety needs of strangulation survivors and understand the devastating traumatic outcomes of strangulation for survivors.

This free webinar is for professionals. CEU & CLE credit is available. Registration required. Learn more and register at ywcabham.org/events/june-15-training-regarding-trauma-strangulation.

Congratulations to the 10 women selected for our WE360 grants! Recipients include: Cassandra "Joy" King, Sybil Scarbroug...
06/11/2021

Congratulations to the 10 women selected for our WE360 grants! Recipients include: Cassandra "Joy" King, Sybil Scarbrough, Javacia Harris Bowser, Aquilla Stanback, Brianna McCoy, Brittany Hogan, Erica Patterson, Britney Davis, LaSharn Ayers Calhoun and Sade Coppins.

Since March 2021, 36 Birmingham area women of color and other women have participated in YWCA Central Alabama's WE360 Business Essentials program for entrepreneurs.

YWCA WE360 will launch a fall cohort in September. For more information, to register for the WE360 fall cohort or to learn more about a WE360 business owner contact Angela Abdur-Rasheed [email protected].

Read more at ywcabham.org/whats-new/ywca-central-alabama-gives-grants-10-women-entrepreneurs

It's time for the Senate to VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”). Contact your Se...
06/08/2021

It's time for the Senate to VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”). Contact your Senators - Senator Richard Shelby and Senator Tommy Tuberville, along with Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Mitch McConnell - and urge them to sponsor and pass S.611, the bipartisan, bicameral VOCA Fix Act.

If you're on Twitter, we invite you to join the Twitter storm today from 1:00 - 2:00 CT to further encourage our Senators to support and pass the VOCA Fix Act with no amendments.

#VOCAFix #Crisis4Victims

Address

309 23rd St North
Birmingham, AL
35203

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(205) 322-9922

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My Sister’s Closet, open Monday through Friday from 11-2, is a small clothing store located adjacent to our building. It provides not only basic needs clothing, but also appropriate clothing for job interviews and to wear to work. It is arranged just like a small clothing boutique with clothes sized and on racks, and with accessories displayed on shelves and in display cases.

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Please see the below survey seeking to hear from survivors and feel free to share! Domestic Violence Resource Survey This is a research participation opportunity for survivors of domestic violence who are interested in sharing their experiences with seeking resources, how helpful you feel these resources are, and information related to your mental health. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of domestic violence survivors and to improve the resources available to survivors. • What: Complete an online survey which will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. • Eligibility: Any individual 18 years or older who has experienced physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse from a partner. This can include individuals who have had these experiences in the past or those who are experiencing it currently. • Compensation: Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of the following Amazon gift cards: three $50 gift cards, eight $25 gift cards, and fifteen $10 gift cards. If interested in learning more about participating, please follow this link:
Please see the below survey seeking to hear from survivors and feel free to share! Domestic Violence Resource Survey This is a research participation opportunity for survivors of domestic violence who are interested in sharing their experiences with seeking resources, how helpful you feel these resources are, and information related to your mental health. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of domestic violence survivors and to improve the resources available to survivors. • What: Complete an online survey which will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. • Eligibility: Any individual 18 years or older who has experienced physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse from a partner. This can include individuals who have had these experiences in the past or those who are experiencing it currently. • Compensation: Participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of the following Amazon gift cards: three $50 gift cards, eight $25 gift cards, and fifteen $10 gift cards. If interested in learning more about participating, please follow this link:
Bridget is the ish know this as fact one of the most kind compassionate people to walk the earth.
Paula, Charlot, Bride, Debbie, all wonderful. Love you Thank you. Treasures all of you are. You helped when no one else would thank you thank you thank you. 😍😍😍😍
Training registration available (limited seating) No Cost: CEU for Social Workers (4) Come learn more about preventing and protecting women and adolescents against opioid use, misuse and addiction. Increase your level of knowledge and awareness to bridge the gaps in the system of care. Overviewing signs of an overdose, what to do to help someone including Naloxone intervention as a tool to increase the survival of a person experiencing an opioid overdose. Click picture/link below to register:
Hello! I wanted to reach out to see if anyone from YWCA was interested in attending the Magic City Youth Assembly on Saturday March 9th 9am-5pm!! Youth leaders are coming together to connect, learn, strategize and envision a better Birmingham in which all people can thrive!! We have about 20 more available spots and would love youth representatives from the YWCA to attend. We hope to see you there! Registration deadline is March 1st:
I am now gainfully employed as Management for the Housing Authority, I have a little 2 bedroom for my little guy and I, i have food in the fridge, i have furniture now. God is good! i did not do this with the help of the Y. The Y put me out because i was pregnant and had me sleeping in my car, pregnant and sick until i found 2nd chance dv shelter. please just get to 2nd chance. the curfew there is 9pm not 6pm. The staff is really nice, has an open office and comes around to actually talk to you. And they cater to women with children or women like myself, pregnant and high risk. 2nd chance helped me to apply for public housing (even though eventually they just gave me a home, under their transitional housing program. it was their that i found out about the jobs program at dhr. they do gas vouchers, car repairs AND will buy you work clothes!!! i took advantage of all of that. i then found out that the alabama career center WILL pay for you to go to school! full ride! so i signed up for that. my baby boy is doing very well as am now, and thats just God , 2nd chance, and determination on my part. please ladies before the Y try out 2nd chance.
Looking for leadership opportunities this summer? Are you a young person ready to use your voice in today’s world? Want to spend a week in NEW YORK? The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute is hosting a series of weeklong summer leadership programs for young people entering grades 9-12. ACTIVATING LEADERSHIP National is a five day residential (overnight) program. Now open to a select group of young women across the country, EFLI’s ACTIVATING LEADERSHIP National (ALN) program will help you discover your own leadership style while meeting leaders at the forefront of social change, engaging in hands-on skill-building workshops and discovering your most authentic voice. In a new take on EFLI’s longest running program, you will tap into your own creativity and confidence and learn powerful tools to make positive changes in your school, communities and the world. By acknowledging the power we all have to affect change, ALN supports and empowers young women to find the leader within. ACTIVATING LEADERSHIP is open to: Young women entering grades 9 - 12. Apply at the link below and let me know if you have any questions!
All I can say is thank you so much for being there