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YWCA seeks DVSA Children’s and Youth Prevention Advocate

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JOB DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Children’s and Youth Prevention Advocate REPORTS TO: Director of Client Services EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full Time, flexible hours, non-exempt JOB PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: Develop and implement programs and activities for youth and caregivers in shelter and for those accompanying parents/guardians to support groups; design and facilitate youth prevention programs with an emphasis on healthy relationships; … Continue reading YWCA seeks DVSA Children’s and Youth Prevention Advocate


Volunteers brighten days at YWCA Walla Walla

YWCA Walla Walla staff and clients are regularly joined by volunteers who give their time to lighten the load and cover some of the tasks we can’t always get to. Fashion warriors Volunteer Kathy Jones has donated more than 220 hours over the past five years to sorting donations for our emergency clothing closet, making … Continue reading Volunteers brighten days at YWCA Walla Walla


Mariposa: You’re the wind beneath their wings

At the YWCA Leadership Luncheon, you heard from two young YWCA women who empower fifth-grade girls to grow as leaders. And we shared our dream of seeing Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly, in every elementary school in Walla Walla. Thanks to the overwhelming response from our luncheon guests, we were able to begin this school year … Continue reading Mariposa: You’re the wind beneath their wings


Adios, dear Lorena: Advocate to fight human trafficking

Lorena Ault, a bilingual/bicultural YWCA advocate for 17 years, has a taste for fun and fashion (including a stunning shoe collection) that belies a deep and passionate commitment to helping others. Lorena and fellow advocate Celia Guardado have worked hard to help immigrant domestic violence survivors navigate the complex legal system to safety. Their bond … Continue reading Adios, dear Lorena: Advocate to fight human trafficking


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