July 19, 2019

YWCA Spokane eNews – July 2019

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From Regina Malveaux, YWCA Spokane CEO

I am excited to share with you some wonderful news!

Recently, two of our program directors were honored for their outstanding contributions as community leaders. We are so proud of Kelsey and Morgan for their accomplishments, perseverance, and dedication to this arduous work and grateful to have their leadership at YWCA Spokane! Learn more about their celebrated achievements below!

We were also thrilled to join YWCA agencies from across the country this past June at YWCA USA’s National Conference. Themed, “Dare To Be Powerful”, over 400 YWCA representatives joined together with a renewed sense of empowerment for this work. Together we continue to step up as a catalyst for change by working to fight racial injustice, support gender equity, and provide opportunities for safety and economic empowerment for women and families.

In less than two weeks, we will hold our cherished summer evening benefit called “An Evening In Tuscany” on the beautiful grounds of Beacon Hill Events and Catering on August 2nd. This annual Tuscan themed event fills me with hope, inspiration, and optimism. If you are planning to attend, I look forward to seeing you there! If you are among the many who have been working to support this event, we can’t thank you enough for your energy and support of our mission and work.

To ensure we meet the critical needs of families who enter our doors experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment, we thank you for all you do to help create pathways towards healing, stability, and a brighter future.

In Gratitude,

YWCA Spokane Attorney Named Young Lawyer Of The Year!

Congratulations to YWCA Spokane Civil Legal Attorney, Kelsey Kittleson, for being named the Young Lawyer of the Year by the Spokane County Bar Association. Kelsey was awarded this prestigious designation for her substantial contributions to the legal profession and for a demonstrated excellence in the practice of law.


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YWCA Director Honored With Victim Service Specialist Award!

Morgan Colburn, YWCA Spokane Director of Counseling, Outreach, and Advocacy, was recently awarded Lutheran Community Services Northwest Victim Service Specialist Award at their Partners In Justice 2019 Awards event. Morgan was honored due to her accomplishments within YWCA’s services for domestic violence victims and survivors.


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Transformations Camp 2019

YWCA Spokane is so thankful for all the participants of this year’s Transformations Camp. This annual summer camp for young women from the community provides a safe environment to work on confidence building, identifying strengths, and building healthy lasting relationships.


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Register Before It Is Too Late!

Only a few more days to register for YWCA Spokane’s Tuscan themed summer evening benefit called “An Evening In Tuscany” on August 2nd from 5-10pm. This event promises to provide an inspirational experience you won’t want to miss! Secure your tickets today before we sell out for this highly anticipated benefit supporting women, children, and families who have been impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.


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YWCA brought the power of persimmon to the halls of Congress, with over 250 advocates on Capitol Hill going to over 200 meetings with Representatives and Senators.

Dare To Be Powerful

Leaders from our agency recently attended YWCA USA’s National Conference themed, “Dare To Be Powerful”, along with representatives from other YWCA agencies across the nation. The conference theme not only paid homage to YWCA’s rich history but also called attention to a call for action to address the many challenges we continue to face.


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Seeking Summer Survival Kits

As a part of our Sunday Impact gift-in-kind donation campaign, we are seeking summer survival kit donations for children and youth accessing services at YWCA Spokane. Suggested kits could include sunscreen, beach towels, games, snacks, or anything else that helps keep active kiddos busy and safe during the heat of the summer.


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Proud To Celebrate Pride

Over 27,000 people attended PRIDE 2019 in Spokane this year, including staff and friends of YWCA Spokane. A record year of attendance! It was beautiful to see the array of rainbow-colored support of this year’s theme, “To Thrive, Not Just Survive”. It was a fantastic day and we are grateful for all who joined us in this march supporting equity for all.


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2019 DV Symposium Includes New Pilot Project In Spokane

YWCA Spokane is proud to co-sponsor the Spokane pilot project for the 2019 Domestic Violence Symposium held this September. Normally only held in Seattle, a portion of the event will now be offered through a satellite location in Spokane.


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CORE Intensive Training

Named CORE, YWCA Spokane advocates and support staff undergo an intensive training program upon hire to prepare them to live our YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. With these training hours, advocates explore several topics and issues interconnected with domestic violence, human rights, and cultural responsiveness.


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Your Actions Make A Difference!

There are many ways you can help YWCA Spokane continue to be a lifeline for thousands of women, children, and families in Spokane.

Donate today, hold a clothing drive, attend an event, schedule a domestic violence training, or share information about YWCA Spokane on social media. Your actions make a difference! We count on the support of friends like you so we can continue to provide trauma-informed, comprehensive services to an average of 325 women and children every single week! That’s an average of 46 people a day!

Your support sends a powerful message of hope and healing to survivors. By supporting YWCA Spokane you let the 16,000+ women, children, and families we serve each year know that they count, their story matters, and that their community is here to support them.

In Spokane, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be victim to some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. That means friends, family, and co-workers in your life may one day need our life-saving and life-changing services.

Your investment transforms lives: one child, one teen, one woman, one family at a time.

Thank you for all you do!

Learn more about our circle of Visionary Leaders.

By: Erica Schreiber

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