Spring 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.

Stephanie Staats Brings Experience and Passion to her New Role as YWCA Delaware CEO


Stephanie Staats
It is fitting that I write to you at the onset of spring as the season mirrors our YWCA - a time of new beginnings, promise and hope.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you as I've grown through the organization where I began my employment as chief programs officer. Now, more than a decade later, as chief executive officer, I continue to hold dearly our mission to build opportunities for women and families so they can reach their full potential.
Racial justice, civil rights, the economic advancement of women and girls and ensuring their health and safety are not only the organization's signature issues but areas where I claim a deep and passionate personal commitment. These goals keep me here and give me the momentum to lead our YWCA into the future, and many springs ahead.
We have many challenges, such as ensuring that homeless families continue to have access to safe and supportive transitional housing and adjusting to the impact of corporate downsizing on the communities we serve. But, I believe in the power of us - the volunteers, advocates and supporters of YWCA - to open doors for social change by advancing opportunity for women and their families.
I know what the YWCA means to me. I look forward to learning more about what it means to you.

Academy of Women Leader Awards 2016
YWCA Delaware is pleased to announce our 2016 Academy of Women Leaders award winners. These women were chosen because they are champions in our community and exemplify the YWCA mission. Each honoree will be a keynote speaker at a YWCA event and will be offered a year-long social media campaign through YW platforms to advocate for her causes as they relate to eliminating racism and empowering women.

 Michelle Taylor
Leadership in Racial Justice Award
Michelle A. Taylor

Michelle Taylor is president and chief executive officer of United Way of Delaware, our state's largest nonprofit community impact organization. With broad business and management skills, Ms. Taylor is dedicated to shared and measurable goals as she works to close disparities and remove social barriers in education, income and healthcare. Ms. Taylor holds a B.S. in accounting from Morgan State University and an M.B.A. from Wilmington University.

The Racial Justice Award was presented during the Martin Luther King Day communication contest at the Wilmington Baby Grand on January 18, 2016
 Danielle Blount
Trailblazer Award

Commissioner Danielle S. Blount
Danielle Blount is deputy legal counsel to Governor Jack Markell and was confirmed by the Delaware Senate to serve a four-year term as a Family Court commissioner. Commissioner Blount is active in the Delaware Bar Association and has volunteered as guardian ad litem for the Office of the Child Advocate and for the Protection from Abuse pro bono program. She has founded, implemented and assisted with programs that empower girls. A mentor, she has instilled confidence in law graduates who are taking (or re-taking) the Delaware bar exam, one of the most difficult in the country.

The Trailblazer Award will be presented at the NarrateHer traveling exhibit launch event scheduled for June 29, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Town Hall in Wilmington.
 Kanani Hines
Genevieve Gore
Young Women's Leadership Award

Kanani Hines

Kanani T. Hines is assistant director of Community Relations for the United Way of Delaware. Ms. Hines is also the owner and founder of Women of Wellness, LLC, a health promotion and holistic wellness company. Ms. Hines is a certified holistic life coach through the National Exercise Sports Trainers Association, Spencer Institute. She is also one of six individuals and the first African American to become a Road Runners Club of America certified running coach. In April 2011 she was appointed by the Governor to serve on his Commission for Community and Volunteer Service and is now vice chair of National Service for AmeriCorps.

The Genevieve Gore Young Women's Leadership Award will be presented at the YWCA Girl graduation event on April 18, 6 to 8 p.m. at McVey Elementary School in Newark.
Invest in What's Next
YWCA Delaware Celebration Breakfast Inspires, Informs and Meets Fund Raising Targets
Enjoying the 2015 Celebration Breakfast are (left to right) First Lady Carla Markell, Sherese Brewington-Carr, Tamika Crawl-Bey, Jennifer Zelvin and
YWCA Board President Davida Baker

On November 5, over 250 supporters gathered in the ballroom of the Chase Center at the Riverfront to celebrate the success of YWCA Delaware in changing lives. Our Breakfast Ambassadors, honorary chairs, volunteers, staff and clients, several with brief speeches and video presentations, demonstrated how individual donations are giving women and their families a "hand up." 

The Breakfast inspired the attendees to give generously and the fund raising goal of $124,000 was exceeded.  The YW welcomes several new members to the Changing Lives multi-year giving society and wishes to extend special thanks to our donors who were part of the pre-event Leadership Challenge Gift.  The YW is also grateful for the generous support of the event sponsors:
JPMorgan Chase
Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section
of the Delaware Bar Association
W.L. Gore & Associates
Wilmington University
Barbacane, Thornton & Company, LLP
Delmarva Power
Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP
 United Way of Delaware
Delaware Federation of Housing Counselors
An Affordable Mortgage Payment is
Music to Mr. Turner's Ears
Mr. Turner found himself, due to hospitalization, disorganization and procrastination, delinquent on his mortgage payments. He began to work with counselors at the YWCA Home Ownership program about two years ago. Energetic with a compelling personality, Mr. Turner took too long to return documents and phone calls. After a year of no progress, his YW counselor promised to continue to help him if he would promise to do his part. Although still a little slow in responding, he did make improvements in his communication, applied for benefits to supplement his music teaching and took in some paying tenants. The second year with the YW he worked with the bank, saved his money and in late 2015 his mortgage was modified so he can easily afford his payment. He also has a savings cushion. The counselor reports that his songs and poems did make their meetings quite enjoyable.

YWCA Delaware by the Numbers in 2015

95% of the 229 individuals who were housed in the Home Life Management Center moved on to stable housing 

78% of the families who were facing a mortgage foreclosure crisis achieved housing security following intervention

492 people gained increased financial stability through YW Financial Empowerment counseling

70 women were able to achieve self-sufficiency through self-employment in the Microenterprise program

98 women, victims in crisis, received emergency intervention to facilitate trauma recovery because of our new Sexual Assault Response Center

2418 young women gained confidence in themselves and their futures through the YW youth programs

126 people examined their attitudes about race and how those beliefs affect their behavior in the YW Racial Justice programs

Youth programs provided diversity training to 150self-awareness programming to 545; 104 youth attended employability training

Serving Victims of Terrifying Violence 24/7
YWCA Sexual Assault Response Center

A Letter for Her

Honor a Heroine in Your Life

Mother's Day is only a few weeks away and a great time to tell a woman or girl you care about why she has made a difference in your life.
Write a letter to your special-someone --- mother, daughter, aunt, teacher, doctor, neighbor, friend, etc. --- and we will post it on our website through June of 2016. A notification will be sent to the subject of your praise so she can read it for herself and glow with delight.
A contribution is requested for each letter you post.
It is easy, go to A Letter for Her and toast with a post!
Highlights from YWCA Youth Programs
"In my experience, I do not have a time when the YW youth department failed to meet my needs."

A YWCA Girl graduate

  • Milford High School and Communities in Schools has contracted with the YWCA for a second session of afterschool workshops focusing on Esteem; 
  • In November, the Sussex County Girls Summit in Rehoboth Beach drew over 50 young ladies to hear the leadership presentation led by YW Youth Advisor Carla Penny; 
  • The YW "I Am" diversity program has been revamped and presented to three groups of youth - two in Sussex County and one in New Castle County; 
  • The YW youth program has been invited to make a presentation at two statewide conferences this spring: Red Clay's Drop Out Prevention Conference and Read Aloud Delaware's Literacy Conference.
Upcoming Events
We Will Miss You if You Don't Come!
Walk for YWCA Youth Empowerment on June 4
Join supporters of YWCA Delaware early on the morning of Saturday, June 4 in Bellevue State Park for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Register with a YWCA team and contribute to our funding goal for YW youth programming.
For more information and to register, go to Highmark Walk or contact
YWCA Mission Tours
You may have attended a tour of Home-Life Management Center in the past, but come and see what is happening in this life-changing space now, including a brief overview of all our programs and services. Here are the upcoming tour dates and times. Please remember to bring your friends!

ThursdayMay 19th12 to 1 pm
ThursdayJune 23rd5:30 to 6:30 pm
ThursdayJuly 21st12 to 1 pm
ThursdayAugust 18th5:30 to 6:30 pm
ThursdaySeptember 15th12 to 1 pm
WednesdayOctober 13th5:30 to 6:30 pm
ThursdayOctober 27th5:30 to 6:30 pm

 We need to know if you are coming, so please e-mail Joan Miller with your name and the number of guests. Thank you!
YWCA Delaware, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 515, Wilmington, DE 19801
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