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LiNC program for survivors continues to grow

In 2017, YWCA began a series of free classes for clients. Designed to build confidence and uncover hidden strengths, LiNC, short for Living in New Circumstances, helps survivors of domestic violence step ahead in strength with plans in place, connected to their community from Day 1. The first LiNC class graduated, having formed strong bonds … Continue reading LiNC program for survivors continues to grow


You’re giving incarcerated women a new start

Do you know what is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population? The Center for American Progress noted in a recent report that the answer is women — and this segment is “increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985.” A troubling fact is that while the average woman has suffered … Continue reading You’re giving incarcerated women a new start


YWCA friends shop for a cause this holiday season

Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, was a little unusual for YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin. Instead of meeting friends to walk in the park, she went to local radio station KUJ 1420 am, where she met Ready Starr, manager of the Walla Walla Sportsman’s Warehouse. They were there as special guests of KUJ’s Jim Bock. … Continue reading YWCA friends shop for a cause this holiday season


You made the YWCA shelter (more like) a walk in the park

Pictured: Sonia and Tom take a moment to appreciate the transformation of the shelter deck. “When my son-in-law in Sacramento decided to put in an artificial lawn, said Tom Stanley, YWCA Plant and Facilities Director, “I decided to look into grass as a solution for the YWCA roof.” The shelter roof was replaced in December … Continue reading You made the YWCA shelter (more like) a walk in the park


Carnegie Picture Lab a popular addition to Adventure Club

Pictured, above: A few Adventure Club kids hold art kit bags that they can take home. Adults, from left: Kristie Coleman, Carnegie Picture Lab Program Director; Ann Berner Counsell, Carnegie Picture Lab Board Member; Ethan Dolph, Adventure Club staff member. Nonprofit arts organization Carnegie Picture Lab partnered with Adventure Club this summer as part of … Continue reading Carnegie Picture Lab a popular addition to Adventure Club


You sent 2019 Fun Factory team out for another fun summer

The 2019 Fun Factory team launched their summer with the June 2 Park­ways event and the June ​13​ Birch Street Bash. THE 2019 TEAM. Mady Burnett is a Whitman College senior and a skilled basketball player. In fact, she missed a few days this summer when she was selected to play for the USA D3 … Continue reading You sent 2019 Fun Factory team out for another fun summer


One of our own to speak for YWCA Leadership Luncheon

The theme for 2019 came to Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin during a sleepless night in December. “It was after the new board orientation. Our board member Liza Jacobson advises Leadership Academy at Blue Ridge Elementary and told us that YWCA Mariposa girls are the core of that group. Leadership Academy students do service projects for their … Continue reading One of our own to speak for YWCA Leadership Luncheon