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Mission Moment – WOC Classes

Jun 4, 2024 Comments Off on Mission Moment – WOC Classes

About The Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) offers a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for survivors of trauma so they can rest, recover, and rebuild. These learning opportunities are designed to foster healing after trauma while nurturing a supportive community. All of these groups and classes are provided at absolutely no…

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Mary Albert’s Donor Story

May 20, 2024 Comments Off on Mary Albert’s Donor Story

Story by Mary Alberts, Legacy Circle Donor & YWCA Board Member We all want to be remembered for something, but my greatest fear is that it will be for the time I went to a costume party dressed as Cat Woman, long after the potential for any transformative relationship with…

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Letters From Survivors

May 8, 2024 Comments Off on Letters From Survivors

I hate the question, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” I have learned that we can’t affix a level of hardship to someone else’s journey. Every journey through and out of domestic violence is extremely hard. Some people do not survive. Some are left with lasting scars, physically and emotionally. Families…

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Hope for the Holidays 2023 Recap

Dec 11, 2023 Comments Off on Hope for the Holidays 2023 Recap

YWCA Spokane’s 2023 Hope for the Holidays adopt-a-family wish list program was a great success this year! Thank you sincerely to our caring community for helping create a special holiday season for the families we serve.

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2023 YWCA USA Leadership Conference

Jun 29, 2023 Comments Off on 2023 YWCA USA Leadership Conference

This past June, YWCA associations across the nation meet together in Washington DC for the 2023 YWCA USA Leadership Conference. The conference was themed Mission Forward: Building a Movement with an intention to bring this group closer together to realize our full potential as a national force. YWCA Spokane CEO, Jeanette…

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YWCA Participates In Lullaby Project

May 23, 2023 Comments Off on YWCA Participates In Lullaby Project

Earlier this month, Spokane Symphony, Spokane Public Library, and YWCA Spokane collaborated to bring the Lullaby Project to Spokane. The Spokane Symphony is serving as a national partner for Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project. The project “pairs new and expecting parents and caregivers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for…

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End the Violence Toolkit Launch

May 10, 2023 Comments Off on End the Violence Toolkit Launch

Domestic Violence Requires A Community Response Yesterday, May 9th, 2023, the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition (SRDVC), in collaboration with Providence Health, officially launched the End the Violence Toolkit for businesses. The toolkit serves as a resource for employers on how to educate their staff on domestic violence issues. YWCA…

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Celebrating 120 Years At Our Annual Meeting

Apr 14, 2023 Comments Off on Celebrating 120 Years At Our Annual Meeting

Happy 120th Birthday YWCA Spokane! Yesterday, on April 13th (YWCA Spokane’s official birthday) from 3-5pm in the beautifully remodeled Central Library meeting space downtown, we gathered with our staff, board, volunteers, and community partners for YWCA Spokane’s Partners In Progress Annual Meeting.  Each year, we hold this public meeting to…

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Thriving Now – Recap

Apr 7, 2023 Comments Off on Thriving Now – Recap

A Conversation on domestic violence On April 5th, 2023, YWCA Spokane hosted a conversation on domestic violence with Askia Underwood, a domestic violence survivor recently featured in Uncovered: The Secrets We Hide. Watch Askia’s story here. Thriving Now is a powerful first-hand account of how domestic violence can turn someone’s…

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Staff Spotlight – Rachel Dannen

Aug 26, 2022 Comments Off on Staff Spotlight – Rachel Dannen

We would like to take this opportunity to spotlight Rachel & wish her well! In December of 2020, we welcomed Rachel Dannen to our team as our new Racial & Social Justice Intern, a position created to help further the work of our agency’s Racial & Social Justice (RSJ) Committee.…

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Transformations Camp 2022

Aug 25, 2022 Comments Off on Transformations Camp 2022

Last week was a powerful week at YWCA Spokane! In partnership with SWAG (Strong Women Achieving Greatness) we held an empowerment camp called Transformations Camp. This week long camp, facilitated by Jaime Stacey, centered the experience of 11-16 year old’s who identify as young women of color. Each day the…

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April 2022 Updates

Apr 13, 2022 Comments Off on April 2022 Updates

Today We are Celebrating 119 Years of Dedicated Service To The Spokane Community Today is a day of reflection and gratitude for our team at YWCA Spokane. We have come a long way since the start of our agency. Take a moment to review our annual report from the previous year.…

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Annual United Way Giving Campaign – 2022

Mar 23, 2022 Comments Off on Annual United Way Giving Campaign – 2022

YWCA Spokane On Giving Back Each year, YWCA Spokane hosts a Spokane County United Way Giving Campaign. Our agency fully believes in the work United Way does in our community, funding vital programs and services, including ours. United Way’s grant programs increase our community’s ability to create solutions to our…

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A New DV Court Is Coming To Spokane

Oct 21, 2021 Comments Off on A New DV Court Is Coming To Spokane

YWCA Spokane, the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition, and Spokane Superior Court Partner Under New Grant To Bring A Specialized Court To Spokane Focused on Addressing Domestic Violence. YWCA Spokane and the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition (SRDVC) received a $550,000 Justice For Families grant from the United States Department…

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Makayla’s Journey Of Surviving to Thriving

Oct 20, 2021 Comments Off on Makayla’s Journey Of Surviving to Thriving

Makayla’s Story “Makayla” is a domestic violence survivor and YWCA Spokane client who wanted to share her healing journey with the community. Makayla’s story focuses on how she went from surviving to healing and ultimately thriving. Her parting advice reminds survivors that they are not alone and deserve to be…

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ECEAP Parent Spotlight – Karmen

May 28, 2021 Comments Off on ECEAP Parent Spotlight – Karmen

Spokane ECEAP Parent Wins Unsung Hero Award This award honors outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children. Each February, the Seattle’s Child magazine partners with the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families to award 28 Washington caregivers with the Unsung Hero Award. This year, a local Spokane…

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Supporter Highlight: Jean

Apr 2, 2021 Comments Off on Supporter Highlight: Jean

JEAN, you make an incredible difference. DonationS received Over the past few months, the YWCA Spokane community of staff, volunteers, and clients have joyously recieved many pieces of artwork from Jean Rice. Jean, pictured to the right, donated a collection of prints to YWCA Spokane. Jean hoped for the prints…

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ECEAP Parent Spotlight – McKyndree

Apr 2, 2021 Comments Off on ECEAP Parent Spotlight – McKyndree

Parent Advocacy Is An Important Part of ECEAP Today we would like to highlight McKyndree Rogers. McKyndree is a parent whose child was enrolled in our Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Through her family’s engagement in our program, McKyndree began to learn skills about parent advocacy including how…

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Therapy Team Launches Mindful Moment Series

Mar 12, 2021 Comments Off on Therapy Team Launches Mindful Moment Series

YWCA Spokane’s Mental Health Therapy team has launched “Mindful Moment,” a series of videos to help listeners relax and calm themselves. “Mindful Moment is to help us find a few moments of peace throughout our day,” explains Melva Moore, director of Mental Health Therapy. Having these moments to ground ourselves…

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YWCA Spokane Welcomes Jeanette Hauck As CEO

Mar 11, 2021 Comments Off on YWCA Spokane Welcomes Jeanette Hauck As CEO

YWCA Spokane’s board of directors is pleased to announce Jeanette Hauck as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer effective March 2021. “Jeanette is a passionate non-profit leader with a reputation for visionary leadership and collaboration,” expresses Laura McAloon, YWCA Spokane Board Chair. “She has done a tremendous job navigating the…

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