Wednesday, October 20, 2021
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
What if our country took a new approach to domestic violence?
We know that we will not end domestic violence unless we provide a coordinated community response and a comprehensive approach that addresses both the needs of survivors and the root causes of abuse.

YWCA offers Violence Prevention programming for youth that seeks to stop violence through early intervention. Our program for perpetrators, Alternatives to Violence, is open to all, including those referred by the Courts and those who voluntarily enroll. What if programs like these were readily available to all, across the country?

The New York Times ran a great article last week about a program in Britain that is an interesting model:

"Some years ago, Britain recognized the lack of programming aimed at either preventing domestic abuse or intervening early and created a help line for perpetrators of abuse. Called Respect Phoneline, it began in 2004 with funding from the government." (Continue reading here.)
Every 9 Seconds a woman in the U.S. is abused
Please help support survivors we work with by making a donation to Every 9 Seconds: YWCA Campaign to End Domestic Violence today. Every gift will be matched by an anonymous donor.
How about a chance at some great Bulls tickets?

As an added incentive, every donor that gives $100 or more to Every 9 Seconds: YWCA Challenge to End Domestic Violence between October 18 and October 30 will be eligible to win 4 tickets to the Chicago Bulls vs the Brooklyn Nets game on Monday, November 8th!

Seats are Section 102, Row 4 (right behind the Bulls bench) – parking pass included. (Ticket value $896.00 Tickets and pass are electronic and will be sent to the winner after drawing. Winner will be notified on Monday, November 1st. The tickets and parking pass were donated to YWCA Evanston/North Shore by a generous corporate partner.)
(and get a chance at those Bulls tix)
If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24-hour crisis line anytime at 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868 to access our domestic violence services.
Remembering two longtime racial justice supporters

It is with great sadness that we share that two of our longtime supporters, Lona Foster (second from left) and Marion Flynn (not pictured), died recently. They will be remembered for their powerful and continuous support of racial justice work...

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YWomen Celebration rescheduled for April 9
Our YWomen Celebration, originally scheduled for October 23, 2021, will now take place on April 9, 2022. We look forward to getting together in person at the Palmhouse in Evanston to celebrate our honorees, Marjorie Craig Benton and Nadine Naber!

Please save the date!
YWCA Economic Advancement Program
YW Tech Lab Open Houses
Come learn about YW Tech Lab (formerly known as YWeb Career Academy), a FREE PROGRAM designed to help women of color enter the tech field as web developers (all times are Central):

  • November 9: 3:30-5:30 pm
  • November 17: 3:30-5:30 pm
  • December 7: 3:30-5:30 pm
  • December 9: 3:30-5:30 pm

What is YW Tech Lab?

YW Tech Lab is a FREE 4-month course which covers intensive technical training in the foundations of web development (Design, HTML, CSS, Javascript). Students also receive soft skills training, including situational workplace judgment, active listening, communication skills, and problem-solving.

The program is specifically designed to provide a free education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented or vulnerable populations, such as women of color, survivors of domestic violence, and low-wage workers. Learn more here.
4 months to a career in web design!
YW Tech Lab is part of a national partnership with, YWCA USA and YWCA Madison. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is partnering locally with Oakton Community College.
Basic Money Management for all
Monday & Tuesday, November 8 & 9
1:30-3 pm Central (on Zoom)

Register today for our free Basic Money Management class, which will help strengthen your money management skills with tools to help with budgeting, credit and debt issues. Participants must commit to complete the entire course consisting of two modules on two consecutive days.

This online course (held virtually on Zoom) is free, but you must register to attend.
New to our registration platform? Follow our guide to set up an account in English, en Español.
Equity Institute
21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge for Faith Groups
The Equity Institute has created a 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge, something we hope will support congregations throughout the area in continuing your racial and social justice ministries. Last spring, you may have participated in the 21-Day Stand Against Racism Challenge. We modified that tool specifically for faith-based settings. Participation in this challenge will help people:
  • discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact congregations and communities
  • connect with one another around these issues
  • identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination
It has been our pleasure to collaborate with Elizabeth Batten on this project. Elizabeth is pursuing a Masters in Public Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Upcoming Equity Workshops
Equity 101: Foundational Series

October 21, 2-4 pm: Microaggressions
October 28, 2-4 pm: Developing Cultural Humility

Equity 201: Advancing Understanding Series

November 2, 10 am-12 pm: What is White Supremacy Culture?
November 16,10 am-12 pm Advocacy in Action
November 30, 6-8 pm: Advocacy in Action

All workshops are currently virtual and the cost per workshop is $100. Take advantage of our "two for the price of one" promotion now!
To register, please go to Community Pass. New to Community Pass? Learn about creating an account here.
YWCA Crowded Closet and Shop for Good
The story behind a generous donation
We're often amazed by the generous donations we receive, and occasionally we're privileged to hear the unique story behind an extra special gift. Meet Lana and her sister Janis (pictured in frame Lana is holding).

Lana and Janis are hairstylists who, several years ago, took the domestic violence training for salon professionals offered by the YWCA. In addition to their work as stylists, the sisters have been making beaded jewelry as a successful side business for years, but recently decided to retire. Inspired by the domestic violence training, the sisters decided to donate their entire beaded jewelry collection to YWCA Shop for Good.

So stop by the YWCA Shop for Good to browse the Halloween collection of jewelry! Proceeds will help support YWCA's domestic violence program. And we'll feature more of the sisters' creations -- including holiday designs! -- in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for your generosity and creativity, Lana and Janis!

100% of profits from both YWCA Crowded Closet (820 Dempster St., Evanston) and YWCA Shop for Good (1107 Central Ave., Wilmette) help support our domestic violence and economic advancement programs. Stop by and shop with us - it's all good!

Do you have donations that could do good? We're always happy to accept donations of new and gently used women's clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry.
Current job opportunities at YWCA Evanston/North Shore
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Our Domestic Violence Services are available free of charge to anyone who needs them.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868 anytime, day or night.

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