Fall 2016
YWCA Mission Talk
Your contributions at work changing lives 
Welcome to Mission Talk. This e-newsletter gives you a periodic update on the work of YWCA Delaware as together we strive to eliminate racism, empower women and enrich families in Delaware. Our mission depends on supporters like you and we solicit your feedback and comments. Please consider doing and donating more. Thank you.

The Mission of YWCA Delaware Brightens Election Season

Stephanie Staats, CEO
As this election season becomes ever more intense, I urge our supporters to turn to the mission and vision of YWCA for inspiration. We are facing our challenges with courage and by rolling up our sleeves. We continue to work hard to realize our vision for women, their families and to eliminate the scourge of racism.  

Here are our organizational values, a timely reminder of why your contributions to YWCA are so impactful: 
  
Y - Your journey is our journey. We are eager, willing and supportive partners; we consider the needs and viewpoints of all YWCA stakeholders. 

W - We've got each other's backs. We share knowledge, life skills and guidance with a supportive, organizational approach in a safe, nurturing environment. We value diversity and inclusion, approaching all relationships with dignity and respect.

C - Committed to community engagement and awareness, we are a visionary agency that builds relationships through collaboration and education.

- Agile and adaptable, we transform unique challenges into opportunities.

Thank you for taking the time to read Mission Talk and for finding out how YWCA Delaware is putting your donations to work empowering women and eliminating racism. We welcome your feedback and look forward to greeting you at our Breakfast Celebration at DuPont Country Club on November 3rd.

Building on the Past. Looking to the Future.

You are Invited to the YWCA Breakfast Celebration
November 3, 2016, at the DuPont Country Club

Motivating guests to get up early and navigate in the dark, YWCA's Breakfast Celebration has become a beloved tradition for people engaged in our mission. 

The 2016 event will be held on Thursday, November 3rd, 8:00 a.m. at the DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 (note the change in venue.)

Although the Breakfast is a fundraiser with a goal of $200,000, there is no cost to attend. The success of the programs and services of YWCA, highlighted during the event, inspire our guests to give generously.

Breakfast and Fund Development Chair Nancy Crake is delighted to announce that two community leaders are serving as 2016 Honorary Co-Chairs: Kemal Erkan, CEO and president of United Medical, LLC., and Susan Leath, president and publisher of The News Journal.

This year's Breakfast Celebration is generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, United Medical, LLC, DuPont, Lyons Companies,TD Bank USA, The News Journal, Wilmington University, Barbacane, Thornton & Company LLP, United Way of Delaware and I.D Griffith, Inc.

Registration is easy. Click on this link: Breakfast Celebration and fill in the information requested, including the Breakfast Ambassador or sponsor with whom you would like to be seated.  If you have any questions, please contact Adam Caplan at 302-655-0039 ext. 223 or acaplan@ywcade.org
Home-Life Management Center has Funding Renewed
Crisis remains but program funded through 2017
After a year of facing the real possibility of a significant financial loss, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) renewed funding for Home-Life's transitional housing through November 2017. 

The decision by the agency to continue to support the residential program is the culmination of work done by YWCA supporters and the community education efforts to promote awareness of our effective transitional housing model - a self-help journey from destitution to independence. 

The danger of losing HUD's support remains, but the staff and volunteers for YWCA are committed to finding a stable funding source to secure the future of Home-Life. 

How can you help?
 
One of the best vehicles for helping others learn how we have moved more than 6,000 families from homelessness to independence in the last 26 years is the YWCA Mission Tour. Please consider bringing individuals from your circle of influence to a tour. These can be friends, neighbors or associates who you think care about providing opportunities for destitute families to achieve their full potential. The next one is scheduled for October 27, 2016 at 5:30 PM at our Home-Life Management Center. RSVP to Adam Caplan at acaplan@ywcade.org to attend or to schedule a special tour for your group.

 
Get your holiday shopping done early 
Ten Thousand Villages Purchases 
Benefit YWCA on October 8th

If you have friends or relatives who have "everything," you must visit Ten Thousand Villages in the Greenville Crossing shopping center for early holiday shopping. Featuring handicrafts from around the world, the store creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to market through long-term, fair trading relationships. Many of the artisans are women.  

On Saturday, October 8th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 15% of the sales will be donated to YWCA Delaware. Ten Thousand Villages is marking its 70th anniversary this year.
 
Turning Away from Abuse to Self-sufficiency
Joy's Story
Joy's story is an example of how the path to self-sufficiency is not smooth, but with perseverance, goals can be met. Joy was a resident at Home-Life in 2009 before she moved to South Carolina. She found herself in an abusive relationship. Returning to Delaware with two children, she re-entered YWCA's program several years later and completed the culinary and custodial programs in record time. She also took advantage of the financial empowerment services.
 
While at Home-Life, Joy found a part-time job with Home Depot and moved into the self-managed apartment section of Home-Life. Joy wanted to work full-time so she took a risk and left Home Depot. Becoming discouraged, she was excited to find a job at her daughter's school and eventually secured a full-time culinary position. More progress for Joy: she enrolled in Wilmington Driving School, obtained a driver's license and reconnected with a family member who is sharing housing costs with her. Joy graduated from Home-Life a satisfied and successful client.
YWCA Exhibition Featuring 12 Gifted Women who Empower and Inspire Us
NarrateHER

YWCA, in partnership with Delaware Humanities Forum and the Delaware Historical Society - 1915 Women's Circle, is celebrating the game-changing lives of 12 Delaware women. The opening reception of NarrateHER took place on October 5th at the Delaware History Museum and Old Town Hall. Missed the event? You can catch the traveling exhibit at a location near you. Visit NarrateHER for a full list of the dates and locations where you can learn about these exciting leaders and their incredible work both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.
Danielle Blount Honored with
YWCA's Trailblazer Award
 
YWCA Delaware's Trailblazer Award was given to Danielle S. Blount on October 5th at the opening of the NarrateHER exhibition at the Delaware History Museum. 
 
Ms. Blount, appointed by Governor Markell as a commissioner of Delaware's Family Court in 2015, became interested in the law after serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Queens, New York.  She witnessed how individuals who were caught up in the justice system often made decisions that could change the course of their lives without adequate information. "One young man hastily accepted a plea agreement," Danielle recalled, "without understanding that the choice had collateral consequences."
 
Danielle's AmeriCorps experience motivated her to attend law school. Service to the community and her church is important, so she found the concentration on self that law school required was challenging.  However, she realized that working hard for a goal, knowing it was temporary, was a critical life skill.
 
After a summer job at a law firm in Delaware, she decided to make the First State her home. Now, as a mentor in the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers' section of the Delaware State Bar Association, she works with law school graduates to help them pass a difficult bar examination. "I do get calls in the middle of the night before the test," she explains. "I was a good student who struggled with the exam, so I understand the fear of failure."
 
Danielle enjoys her work as Family Court commissioner and her volunteer work. She is a new mother and looks forward to raising her child to be a good person and global citizen. Danielle states, "Life presents many obstacles, but I believe in meeting them head on."    
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Sexual Assault Response Center (SARC) Expands with Nearly $1 Million Grant
Providing Healing, Hope and Empowerment to Women in Crisis
SARC Advocates
Recognized by the Criminal Justice Council of Delaware for outstanding work in the area of sexual violence, YWCA was awarded nearly $1 million in grants for the expansion of free and confidential sexual assault crisis services to Sussex County and to increase capacity in New Castle County.
 
YWCA's Sexual Assault Response Center (SARC) was launched in mid-2015 in New Castle County and is committed to providing healing, hope and empowerment to all individuals whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence, whether the assault happened yesterday or many years ago. 
Volunteer advocates are the backbone of SARC and provide a round-the-clock safety net for those in crisis. Please consider volunteering or refer a friend who may be interested in becoming an advocate. Contact Tina Robinson, SARC Coordinator, at 302-224-4060 ext. 205 or email trobinson@ywcade.org for a volunteer application or questions. 
Serving Victims of Violence 24/7
YWCA Sexual Assault Response Center
1-800-773-8570
Home-Life Graduates High-Achieving Clients
A ceremony and elegant dinner for 15 proud graduates 
Thursday, August 25th was a big day for 15 women and men who graduated with pride from the Home-Life Management Center's Life Skills and Allstate Financial Empowerment programs.

The keynote speaker was U'Gundi Jacobs, director of the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center, with special gift presentations by Autumn Jones, Shelton Love and Atlanta Brown.

Home-Life's Life Skills curriculum provides practical training including nutrition, meal planning, food preparation, property maintenance and repairs. The Allstate program focuses on counseling for survivors of domestic violence and financial abuse, and provides financial coaching, credit repair and how to start and save with a bank account.
Highmark Walk Benefitted YWCA Youth Programs
Early morning exercise helped Delaware kids
 
 
"In my experience, I do not have a time when the YW youth department failed to meet my needs."

A YWCA Girl graduate

 The Highmark Walk on June 4th, raised nearly $4,000 to benefit YWCA youth. The staff and volunteers supported the effort by raising awareness, obtaining pledges and walking-the-walk. YWCA Youth Director Cindy LaRock exclaimed, "It was a full out YWCA "W" activity and we thank you!" Save the date for next year's walk - June 3rd, 2017 at Bellevue State Park! Registration starts February 2017. 
Upcoming Events
We Will Miss You if You Don't Come!

 

Breakfast Celebration 
Thursday, November 3, 2016
DuPont Country Club 
1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Networking begins at 7:15 a.m.; program begins promptly at 
8 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. 
You are welcome to join us afterward for an extra cup of coffee and conversation!

For more information or to register, visit Breakfast Celebration

 

YWCA Mission Tours

You may have attended a tour of Home-Life Management Center in the past, but come and see what is happening now with our new and expanded life-changing programs and services. Here are the upcoming tour dates and times. Please remember to bring your friends!

WednesdayOctober 13thnoon to 1:00 pm
ThursdayOctober 27th5:30 to 6:30 pm
Nov. and Dec.by appointment only

We need to know if you are coming, so please e-mail Adam Caplan with your name and the names of your guests. Thank you!
  
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