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 FALL 2017 Newsletter
 YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts
2017 Annual Meeting
On November 30, 2017, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts held the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Waypoint Event Center in New Bedford.  Outgoing YWCA Board President Lena Pires gave her emotional testimony about her journey with the YWCA Board over the past eight years.  We also welcomed incoming Board President Dr. Juli Parker.  It was a bittersweet event, as the YWCA said goodbye to three other long-term Board Members, Ashley Bendiksen, Elizabeth Leiwant and Maria Pinarreta.

YWCA Executive Director Gail Fortes thanked the Board and Staff for the continued dedication and service to the YWCA Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Program participants from YWkids, Leading Ladies, Health and Wellness, Mayor's Youth Council and Widowed Person's Program each gave a touching story about their experience at the YWCA. Everyone who attended was reminded about how important the YWCA is to the community.
 Thank you to our outgoing Board Members!

Special thank you to our outgoing Board President Lena Pires and Outgoing Treasurer Maria Pinarreta. We appreciate your long standing commitment and dedication to the YWCA. We will miss you both!

Special thank you to outgoing Board Clerk Ashley Bendiksen. We appreciate your service to the YWCA!
 Thank you to outgoing Board Member Elizabeth Leiwant. We appreciate your service to the organization.
Welcome our incoming Board President, Dr. Juli Parker!

Congratulations to new YWCA Board President, Dr. Juli Parker.

Juli is the Director of the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality at UMASS Dartmouth.

Congratulations to our Board Members re-elected for another 3 year term:
Kristina da Fonseca and Jane Gonsalves.   We appreciate your continued support of the YWCA.
 Welcome our new Board Members!

Kristy Francis

Kristy is an Admissions Counselor at Fisher College. She will be completing her MBA in Strategic Leadership from Fisher College in December 2017. 


Rita Braga

Rita is a Branch Manager for Bristol County Savings Bank.  She volunteers at various organizations in the community.

Julia Santos

Julia is the Business Development Manager  for Tufts Health Plan.  She is a current Board Member for the Cape Verdean American Community Development Corporation.

We also welcome new Board Member:

Sharon Jones, MSN
Sharon is the President/CEO of Home Health and Hospice Agency at SouthCoast Health.  She received the YWCA Cleveland, OH, Women of Excellence Award in 1993.  She also served as President of the Board of YWCA Cleveland.

 What's Happening 
YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts was one of five organizations to receive the  Early Education and Care Out of School Time (EEOST) capital improvement grant!  This will "help increase the quality of our early education program through critical facility repairs and renovations."

We could not be more excited !  We have hired SouthCoast Improvement as the construction company on our building project.  We plan to break ground this coming spring.

We would like to thank outgoing Girls Exclusive Coordinator, Lindsey Rocha for all of her hard work and support! 

Welcome  to our new Girls Exclusive Coordinator, Jordan Pouliot!
YWCA Executive Director, Gail Fortes and YWCA USA CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq.
at the National Association of YWCA Executives Annual Conference in Miami.

YWkids had a blast creating Halloween styled stress balls!

YWkids is a school age after school program. The program is also open all school closures, as well as school and summer vacations. While the children are at the program, they are given the opportunity to learn about science, reading, play sports, create crafts, socialize and participate in many other fun activities!

If  you are interested in enrollment or  have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the YWkids Program Director, Tracey Saloman via phone: 508-525-7961 or email: ywkids@ywcasema.org
 Girls Exclusive

Girls Exclusive, is an after school program that enables young girls to learn skills in science and engineering (STEM Programming). This opportunity leads young girls on the path to a successful future!

For questions about enrollment, please contact Girls Exclusive Coordinator, Jordan Pouliot, via phone: 508-999-3255 or by email: ge@ywcasema.org
 Youth/Police Dialogues
Youth/Police Dialogues is  a nationally recognized program developed by YW Boston, to provide a safe, structured way for young people and police officers to come together, speak openly and build trust and community.

Youth/Police Dialogues engage young people and police and supports them to be invested and active change agents in their community for the long-term.    For more information about the program, please contact Pam Pollock at 508-999-3255 or by email at ypd@ywcasema.org

 A Woman's Place
 YWCA Women's Residential Program "A Woman's Place"  does not have openings at this time.  However, if you are interested in applying for our wait list or for more information please contact Annamarie Lopes by phone: 508-999-3255 or email: alopes@ywcasema.org
 Save the Date!
  15th Annual YWCA 
Red Dress 
Fashion Show

Wednesday,  February 28, 2018 
5:30 p.m. 
Century House

Tickets are  $50.00 


About the YWCA Southeastern MA:

The YWCA Southeastern MA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information, visit: www.ywcasema.org.


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