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Jenny Pratt | The YWCA is there when needed most

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If I had a dollar for every time someone came to the YWCA and said “I never thought this could happen to me ...” I would not have to write to you for support today. I’ve used those words myself, and maybe so have you. The words that come next can vary from the depths of extreme abuse or homelessness and financial distress to something hopeful, like the need for free job training in order to get a job.

For more than 57 years, the YWCA Wenatchee Valley has been evolving to meet the needs of this community. But some things have remained constant over the years. We envision a world where every woman can experience the peace that comes with safety, dignity and the chance to learn how to gain economic empowerment while in a supportive structured learning environment.

Women and families of the greater Wenatchee Valley have somewhere to go when the unexpected — or even the impossible — happens. Sometimes a sharp turn means a chance to start going in the right direction. The YWCA offers critical services to women and children who are homeless. These services include a homeless shelter, transitional housing, case management, life skill classes, rental education, clothing, hygiene, food pantry and our job training program.

We have a project we are working to complete 10 new beds of transitional housing for women and children in existing YWCA space. Through these services the YWCA is able to give a hand up to homeless women and families. We are working to complete this housing during this summer.

Clubs like yours may choose to assist financially or by physically adopting a room, which may include assisting with plumbing, electrical, painting, installing cabinets, furnishing or decorating a specific area. We currently have two bedrooms, a bunk room, a kitchen, bathroom, living and dining room to complete. For more information, please call 662-3531, ext. 110. Project donors to date include, Junior Service League, Buffalo Imports Inc., Sherman Williams, Wenatchee Valley Tech Center Construction, The Kitchen Sync, Lowes, Marson and Marson and several private donors.

We are asking for your financial support to help complete this project! We have homeless women and children waiting for a safe place to call home. Won’t you help us help others?

YWCA changes lives every day!

Jenny Pratt is the executive director of the YWCA.