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Making Christmas Memories Bright at YWCA St. Joseph

YWCA St. Joseph Hopes to be on Your Christmas List

Christmas is the season for making memories: baking cookies, wrapping gifts and getting caught under the mistletoe. Maybe you celebrate the year you were engaged at Christmastime, or the day in mid-December when you brought home a new baby from the hospital. The holidays might bring to mind a sad event, like when you experienced the death of a loved one, or an achievement, like when you graduated from college in the winter class. For the women at YWCA St. Joseph, this Christmas marks something big they’ll remember for future holidays, too.

The Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children offers a place of rest and respite for families escaping domestic abuse or other major life challenges. For these women, this Christmas will carry forever memories of something bigger, something life-changing. It marks the day when they walked away from a dangerous situation and decided to pursue a different kind of future.

You have the opportunity to cast a light of beauty and generosity on the memory of Christmas for women and children at YWCA St. Joseph. Through donations from members of the St. Joseph community, women and children at the Shelter can experience a happy Christmas, full of memories that will help them mark the beginning of a new life together.

If you’d like to help create this happy memory, please consider donating one or more of the following:

  • Bedding: including blankets, pillows and sheets
  • Pajama robes and slippers (adult and children sizes)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towels
  • Blow-dryers and curling iron/straighteners
  • Shower gel (men/women) and deodorant (men/women)
  • Alarm clocks
  • Lip balm
  • Bus Passes
  • Perfume, lotions, etc.
  • Batteries, flashlights or nightlights
  • Children’s toys (new and unwrapped)
    • Games
    • Hot wheels
    • Legos
    • Dolls
  • Gifts for teen children (girls and boys)
    • Movie passes/gift cards
    • Basketballs/footballs
  • Makeup/jewelry
  • Diapers
  • Winter clothes

To learn more about opportunities to volunteer during the holidays at YWCA St. Joseph, contact us for more information! We look forward to working alongside you to create merry Christmas memories for the women and children of our community.

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Victim Services Offer Practical Help and Hope for a Better Future

crisis shelterIf you were escaping a dangerous domestic situation, you would want compassion from somewhere that you knew you could go to get help. You’d also want practical help, but at YWCA St. Joseph Victim Services, you not only receive both of these things, you are also offered hope.

Victim Services is one of the core ways that YWCA St. Joseph empowers women. By offering the Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children as well as Bliss Manor Housing Program, women who are in a transition time of their lives are encouraged to look at the future with new eyes.

Victim Services offers assistance in a variety of forms, including:

  • Case management
  • Personal advocacy
  • Specialized children’s programs
  • Support groups
  • Life skills groups
  • Referrals to additional services
  • Court advocacy

Each of these services does more than simply solve a problem or meet a need. It also helps women and their children to get the support they need to feel safe and grow in their confidence as they recover from difficult circumstances. The programs are designed to equip participants with the resources they need to envision a new start and then take the first steps to thrive.

Consider the role that Victim Services played in the St. Joseph area in 2017:

  • Provided shelter to 229 women and 185 children
  • Individual therapy sessions were provided to 1,769 individuals
  • Answered 2,102 hotline calls
  • Coordinated 104 children’s support groups
  • Provided 2,310 hours of case management and advocacy services

This is just a sampling of the important work that YWCA St. Joseph does to meet the individualized needs of each victim of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Following a stay at the Shelter, many women and their children benefit from an extended stay in a safe location. Bliss Manor allows families to gain stability and explore employment possibilities as they pursue self-sufficiency. In 2017:

  • Bliss Manor housed 39 adults and 32 children
  • 100% of Bliss Manor residents created a personal goal plan

To learn more about Victim Services at YWCA St. Joseph, visit our website. Looking for a way to get involved? No matter what your schedule and skill set, we have a place for you and we look forward to working with you.

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