News release from the YWCA Northeast Indiana:
YWCA Northeast Indiana hosts 19th Annual Circle of Women Luncheon
The Campaign for Dignity announced: a $3.5 million campaign to co-locate administration and services, and expand Crisis Shelter
(December 3, 2015) – YWCA Northeast Indiana reinforced its mission to support and serve families in Northeast Indiana in an unprecedented way today convening 700 community members to bring awareness and education about domestic violence along with announcing a record-breaking $3.5 million campaign to co-locate administration and services, and expand the Crisis Shelter.
YWCA Northeast Indiana’s vision is simple: to bring back dignity to families living in violence. Through a single facility with an expanded Crisis Shelter that will increase the number of beds in the Shelter from 45 to 65 beds and provides pod-style living for family safety and security, YWCA also seeks to streamline Hope House and the Administrative facilities into this single location. This endeavor will not only provide financial economies, but will provide enhanced program outcomes by allowing all staff to be on-site with families. The planned expansion will also strengthen our interaction with the Northeast Indiana community.
“Our campaign will allow our staff to broaden our continuum of care and extend our services which includes substance abuse to all families we serve”, said Debby Beckman, President and CEO of YWCA Northeast Indiana.
Campaign Co-Chair Jan Wilhelm of 1st Source Bank stated “We did some extensive due diligence and saw the opportunity to improve coordination of care and put all staff under one roof, creating programmatic efficiencies’.
“We are overwhelmed with the response to our fundraising efforts thus far and are excited about what our future holds”, adds Beckman.
After the announcement the Luncheon’s featured speaker, Beverly Gooden, domestic violence survivor, speaker, advocate, and the creator of #WhyIStayed shared her story of why she stayed, and finally, why she left her violent relationship. Through a story of victorious survivorship, Beverly left the audience with a new understanding of life as a victim and the journey to becoming a survivor.
To learn more about YWCA Northeast Indiana’s programs and services, please visit ywca.org/NEIN or contact our local office at 260.424.4908.
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA, serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Since 1894, YWCA Northeast Indiana which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served.