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Eliminate Racism With YWCA St. Joseph

Celebrating Black History Month and Working to Bring Awareness to Eliminating Racism

Did you know that the early days of Black History Month go back more than 90 years in history? In 1926, the second week of February was designated to celebrate the lives and contributions of African Americans and coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. While the event has changed over the years, its recognition is part of bigger efforts to eliminate racism.

In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the United States began celebrating the week with proclamations, and by the 1960s the week had been extended to celebrate an entire Black History Month. President Gerald Ford formally recognized the celebration in 1976, encouraging Americans to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans.

Each year since 1976, the president has designated the month of February as Black History Month and announced the endorsement of a specific theme. In 2019, Black History Month has a special focus on “Black Migrations,” a theme that tracks the movements of black Americans from the South to the industrial regions of the North and beyond.

From the early 20th century, black businessmen and entrepreneurs began making an important impact on the business world. Musicians introduced entirely new genres like jazz, blues and ragtime and the Harlem Renaissance showcased the black influence on visual and literary arts.

YWCA St. Joseph celebrates Black History Month, but it also works to eliminate racism throughout the year with programs designed to help women and children overcome adversity. The Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children provides for immediate needs for families that need a fresh start, while also empowering them with services for ongoing empowerment. From court advocacy to individual counseling and life skills training, families are equipped for a brighter future.

Another YWCA St. Joseph program, “Stand Against Racism,” will be observed on April 25.  This is a nationwide annual YWCA-USA event with more than 225 YWCA associations and 600 other organizations in the United States participating.  In September, our YWCA St. Joseph will host their 23rd annual “Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism” breakfast program.  During this program the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award will be given to a community member who exemplifies Ms. Beshears’ work for political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons.  The public is invited to attend both events.

To learn more about the programs of the YWCA St. Joseph and efforts to eliminate racism in the region, contact us today.

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NAACP and YWCA St. Joseph Host Breakfast for The Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism

Breakfast Event to Honor Those Working to Eliminate Racism in Community

The goal to eliminate racism is one of the core missions of YWCA St. Joseph. Every year, the staff and volunteers of YWCA work through programs and plan events that support this goal, but the efforts of community members are showcased each year on the Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism.

This year, the Day of Commitment is on Thursday, September 20, and the community is invited to celebrate with a special breakfast at 7:15 a.m. in the YWCA Terrace Room. The breakfast buffet will be prepared and served by members of the Grace Evangelical Church.

Guests will have the privilege of hearing the mayor of St. Joseph, Bill McMurray, share his proclamation and his thoughts on the importance of community engagement in the effort to eliminate racism. His remarks will be followed by performances by The Praise Team and Trash Can Band from MidCity Excellence.

Each year, the community honors individuals or groups that have demonstrated a commitment to eliminate racism in the St. Joseph area. Honorees receive the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award, created to honor the famous civil rights activist who worked tirelessly from 1946 until she passed away in 1999.

The recipients of the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award for 2018 are Kimberly Warren, MS Ed and Pastor Robert Warren, MS Ed, who established the MidCity Excellence Community Learning Center in 2001. The nonprofit reaches out to disenfranchised families and provides them with access to enrichment education, creative and performing arts and counseling. They also engage the families with conversations surrounding racial reconciliation solutions.

Jessie Parker, a junior criminal justice major at Missouri Western State University and a single mother with two young sons, will receive the Kelsy Beshears Scholarship, a $1,000 award.

Reservations for the event must be received by Wednesday, September 12. While there is no charge for the breakfast, a free will offering ($15 suggested donation) will be collected to contribute to the Beshears Scholarship fund at MWSU. Reservations can be made by contacting Shelbi Dawson at 232-4481 or sdawson@ywcasj.org.

To learn more about the Day of Commitment breakfast event, or to learn more about the ways we’re working to eliminate racism in the St. Joseph community, contact us at YWCA St. Joseph.

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YWCA Celebrates 130 Years and Takes a Look Back at 2017

YWCA Marks 130 Years of Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism

A special milestone is being commemorated at the YWCA St. Joseph, with 130 years of service aimed at empowering women and eliminating racism. While enjoying the celebration this year, the YWCA St. Joseph also wants to stop for a moment and reflect on the impact that such service makes on individuals that receive help from the YWCA.

Looking back on 2017, you can catch a glimpse of the work that’s being done to assist women and children, as well as continuing the legacy that each generation has carried throughout 130 years. Take a look at the ways that the YWCA St. Joseph staff and volunteers have served in 2017:

Victim Services includes the YWCA Shelter, Survivor Support and Bliss Manor Supported Housing Program. This year, the Victim Services Team:

  • Provided 1,769 individual therapy sessions, advocacy services to 437 survivors and as a result of these services, 97% of participants reported feeling more hopeful about the future.
  • Provided shelter to 229 women and 185 children, with a total of 16,880 nights of shelter.
  • As a result of contact with the Shelter, 90% of participants had improved strategies for enhancing their safety and also gained a better knowledge of community resources.
  • Of individuals exiting the Bliss Manor Housing Program, 94% were able to move to a private, permanent housing situation or entered a treatment facility.

Women’s and Teen Resources

Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies

The Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies program provides mentoring and support to teen parents as they navigate decisions, encouraging them to embrace healthy parenting, set goals and build a community of mutual support. In 2017 the program:

  • Provided services to 45 teens and 47 children.
  • Matched 55% of teens with an adult mentor.
  • Conducted 284 home visits.

ENCOREplus

ENCOREplus supports awareness and education surrounding breast health for women in the community, helping to remove common barriers that may prevent a woman from having an annual mammogram. Efforts with ENCOREplus focus on education, community outreach and providing access to resources and community events designed to raise awareness. In 2017 the ENCOREplus team:

  • Helped coordinate 463 mammograms
  • Helped coordinate 1,200 clinical breast exams
  • Held a variety of events, including the Bling a Bra Contest, Think Pink Campaign, Lunch & Learns, and more

CHOICES and DECISIONS

The CHOICES and DECISIONS programs are designed to mentor and support at-risk adolescent girls and boys, respectively, through a partnership with Missouri Western State University Athletics. The group works through a curriculum designed to equip adolescents for lifelong, healthy decision-making with the encouragement of a college-age mentor. In 2017, the CHOICES and DECISIONS programs:

  • Served 221 seventh grade girls and boys at four St. Joseph public middle schools.
  • There were 64 mentors involved from MWSU women’s cross country, soccer, softball, track and volleyball teams.
  • There were 30 mentors involved from MWSU men’s baseball, cross country, and track teams.

Early Care and Education

The YWCA St. Joseph offers licensed child care in order to allow parents who are employed, or who are seeking education in order to improve employment opportunities, to place their child in a positive care environment. In 2017, the YWCA Discovery Child Care:

  • Provided child care to 60 children from the St. Joseph community.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The YWCA administers the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program to provide healthy meals and snacks to children in home-based care in the St. Joseph area. In 2017 the Child and Adult Food Care Program:

  • Administered 324,328 meals provided to children in 55 home-based care providers across 21 counties.
  • Of those meals, 99 percent met the nutrition guidelines and qualified for financial reimbursement to the provider, and all 52 providers attended an annual training event.

In 2017, the staff and volunteers of the YWCA St. Joseph were proud to continue the legacy of those that came before us, working to empower women and eliminate racism in our community. Please join us! No matter what your schedule or skill set, you can get involved with us at the YWCA.

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