Friday, May 8, 2020

Dear Friends:

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, an opportunity to honor mothers, daughters, sisters and neighbors across the country.  As we head into a weekend celebrating mothers, we'd like to share with you some grateful words from some of the women we have come to know:

From a daughter whose mother, now a YWCA Board Member, escaped abuse with her daughter and found shelter at YWCA Evanston/North Shore years ago:
"I am grateful for my Mother, Sarah Malone! I am thankful that during an incredibly difficult time, she had the wherewithal to seek help and accept help from the YWCA. I appreciate that she loved me enough to do this for herself."
From a mother who is a current resident at Bridges, YWCA's longer-term housing for survivors of domestic violence:
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"I am grateful to be a Mother to a beautiful daughter. With these trying times the one thing that has proved to be positive is the irreplaceable time I have gotten to spend with her. It is amazing to hear her plan a surprise zoom Mother’s Day party for me (🤫) I’m not supposed to know about. It makes me feel like I have done a wonderful job as a Mother to have such a thoughtful child. I’m grateful for the support I have through my community and housing where I have neighbors I can count on. This Mother’s Day will be one of the best yet."
We thank the mothers, daughters, sisters and neighbors who come through our doors, those who welcome them with a place they can call home, and those whose support makes it all possible. This Mother’s Day, we celebrate all of you!
On this Mother's Day - Take Action!
by Catherine Beane, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, YWCA USA (pictured at right with her family)

The coronavirus has affected everyone’s lives in new and unexpected ways and moving forward will continue to affect families differently. This Mother’s Day in my family, we’re counting our blessings to be safe, healthy, and sheltered together at home. But I’m acutely aware that other working moms don’t have that luxury. Read more here.
This weekend, race against hate by running with Maud #iRunWithMaud
In 1999, Ricky Byrdsong was murdered in front of his home by a white supremacist. 21 years later, the horrific murder of Ahmaud Arbery reminds us that racism and hate are very much alive and well in our country. 
 
As we prepare to honor the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong with this year's Race Against Hate... in place, we ask you to join us and run or walk 2.23 miles THIS WEEKEND for Ahmaud. He was born on Mother's Day 1994 and would have been 26 years old today. For more information, visit runwithmaud.com.
Supporting YWCA. Helping community.
Thanks to all the many ways our community finds to support our work!
Honor a significant woman in your life
On Mother's Day, we pause to recognize and thank our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, mentors, and all the women who make a difference in our lives.

Today, please honor a significant woman in your life with a gift to YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Your gift will support mothers and families in our community that need help the most.
Looking for a gift that does double duty?
YWCA Shop for Good gift certificates are finally here, just in time for Mother's Day! When we reopen in June, the Shop will be filled with fun summer items. Buy a gift certificate for your mom, sister, daughter, neighbor, or friend! They'll find great deals on beautiful clothing, shoes, and accessories, and you can feel good knowing that 100% of profits help support YWCA’s domestic violence and economic empowerment programs for women across northeastern Cook County.

If you're interested, email us at ywshop@ywca-ens.org or call us at 847-853-8888. We'll mail your gift certificate (in any amount) right to your doorstep or schedule a pick-up date at the shop.
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