Bringing down barriers.
for women and families.
2008 YWCA Board of Directors 2
Message from the Board 3
Project Summary 4
YWCA Project Vision 5 – 8
Campaign for the YWCA 9 – 12
2008 YWCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cheryl L. Waite, President
Marseille Ballard, First Vice President
Shirley Poindexter, Second Vice President
Chris Gabrick, Treasurer
Betty Patterson, Secretary
Susan C. Berny
Marilyn M. Burbick
Brenda Myers Cohen
Jacquelyn M. Daniel
Deborah S. Liptak
Amy G. Mirkin
Susan M. Moorer
Jere’e Green Stavich
Norma J. Stefanik
Mary A. Williams
Constance Shaffer, Executive Director
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Housing, economic advancement, childcare, and community development are but a few of
the services the YWCA provides in the Mahoning Valley. To continue to provide these critical
programs, the YWCA has launched a bold new plan to renovate and preserve our downtown
Youngstown building. We have chosen “So we may rise to lead” as the theme for our fundraising
drive. We believe that it expresses our vision – developing leaders who make a community
better. This is a project of history, vision, and heart.
For more than 100 years, countless women have been a part of the YWCA of Youngstown. They
have either received help or lent a helping hand to those in need. The historic Rayen Avenue
building is the center through which all these activities radiate and enables us to create opportunities
to help women and families succeed. By improving our building, we will be able to provide vital
services in the most efficient and effective manner. We also believe in improving our community. A
renovated YWCA building will complement our neighborhood, which includes Youngstown State
University and the downtown area.
To date, over $6.6 million has been pledged to our building project. Yet, to fully realize our vision,
we need to raise an additional $3 million. We seek the support of generous donors like you to
partner with us. Each gift, small and large, takes us a step closer to our goal.
We invite you to be our partner in preserving women’s history as well as shaping future generations.
This campaign presents you with an opportunity to give something back to the community. Join
us! Together we will create leaders, who will help others to rise and lead.
The YWCA Board of Directors
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THE PROJECT – Improving on a century of service
Since 1904, the YWCA of Youngstown has been a safe and supportive
environment for women and their children. It has welcomed all who
need help regardless of social, economic, ethnic, religious and health
status. Our century-old mission remains the same, but we must adapt
to 21st century challenges and needs. The YWCA has risen to lead
this effort by securing tax credits and grants totaling over $6.6 million
to plan the needed renovation of its historic building. YWCA
programming will continue to lift women up during this transition
so they may one day rise to lead. Can we count on you to do the same
The YWCA of Youngstown will serve women in the Mahoning Valley for generations to come
When the YWCA of Youngstown settled into its current home on West Rayen Avenue, it was an early
example of the Y’s ability to rise and lead, to become a peerless advocate for women. That early example
has been repeated – in spirit, if not form – many times over the last 96 years. Our rich history clearly and
positively impacts the lives of Valley women today, serving as a bedrock foundation for future decades of
PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Since its very beginning, the YWCA has provided housing and social services. According to the Federal Housing
and Urban Development Department, one of the keys to breaking the cycle of homelessness is the availability of
affordable, permanent housing…which is lacking in the Mahoning Valley. Our target population consists of
low-income and/or disabled women with or without families.
OUR PLAN FOR FUTURE HOUSING
• Replace dormitories with 30 one-bedroom and efficiency apartments with handicapped accessibility
• Licensed social workers will provide on-site supportive services
• Add community rooms for meetings, fitness and computer labs
Eileen has lived at the YWCA for over 20 years.
“It’s home. It’s the longest place I’ve ever stayed anywhere in my life. I quit school when I was in the 10th
grade. When I came to the YWCA, I suffered from low self-esteem...but people here always encouraged me,
so I began to try.” Eileen’s first step was to go back to school. She earned her GED from Choffin CTC.
This achievement gave her the courage to attend YSU. In 2½ years she received her degree in Hospitality
Management. Now Eileen is on a mission to get things done as a YWCA Resident Aide, where she takes
pride in providing encouragement and support to the women of the YWCA Barbara Wick Transitional House.
One Bedroom Units
IN EACH PROGRAM, THE YWCA ELIMINATES BARRIERS, PROVIDES
EDUCATION AND OFFERS FRIENDLY SUPPORT TO WOMEN AND FAMILIES.
Message YWCA Youngstown from the President Vision
YWCA Youngstown Vision
YWCA ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
PROGRAMS PROVIDE WOMEN
AND GIRLS WITH EDUCATION
AND SUPPORT TO SUCCEED
PROFESSIONALLY AND ECONOMICALLY.
Job Development / Economic Empowerment
According to the U.S. Census 2006 American Community
Survey, Youngstown is one of the 10 cities with the lowest
median income of $21,850. The majority of people served
by the YWCA of Youngstown are very low income.
Empowerment is the very engine that allows women to rise
and lead…in their homes, at their workplaces and in their
communities. The YWCA has historically empowered women
through encouragement and education. We partner with
several public and private entities in job development
and employment, and we track client progress with case
management and job-skills assessments. The YWCA economic empowerment programs include financial management
classes and workshops that educate women and girls on how to build assets, become smart consumers and realize the
importance of good credit.
Our renovation plan calls for:
• Start-up space for women and minority owned businesses on our first floor
• New partnerships with local government, businesses and training entities to provide work readiness, job training and job coaching
• Case-management support as clients progress toward obtaining a living-wage job or business opportunity
• Creation of a cyber cafe in our historic lobby (which will be restored to its early 1900’s ambiance)
Here is the story of Jorgine, who was provided support and tools by the YWCA to start her own business.
After spending two years catering lunches for the PTA, Jorgine began thinking about starting a catering business.
This, however, was a dream, as she lacked proper direction and connections. Jorgine’s friend then introduced
her to Constance Shaffer, executive director of the YWCA. Under Connie’s guidance, Jorgine opened her small deli
in the YWCA building in May 1998. “I didn’t have the courage to start something on my own,” says Jorgine.“The
YWCA helped, and the risk did not feel overwhelming, as there was a lot of support. I felt secure there.” It took
almost a year for Jorgine to establish her name, but what started slow soon gathered momentum, and Jorgine’s
dream became a reality. Jorgine’s deli had a home at the YWCA for eight years. Having gained experience and
courage, Jorgine was ready to take on even bigger challenges and moved to another location, where she and her
staff now serve about 200 customers a day.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Children are at the center of a woman’s life, and, over the years, the YWCA has risen to become a leader in affordable,
quality childcare. Fees are kept low by partnering with government and nonprofit agencies that subsidize the cost. We
plan to expand our nationally accredited childcare center into a new, state-of-the-art children’s center adjacent to the
existing historic building. Our early care and learning services target children aged 6 weeks to 12 years with or
without special needs.
The new facility will include:
• A special area for screening and intervention to address developmental issues
• Specialty services for children with disabilities
• Kindergarten readiness curriculum
• An outdoor playground
Joey is typical of children who enjoy the YWCA and learn at the same time.
Joey was spending his morning hours in a special-needs preschool and his afternoon hours in a regular Head
Start classroom. He first started attending YWCA preschool only on Fridays, when his regular program was
closed. His mother said he often cried because he wanted to go to the YWCA every day. She was pleased
with the YWCA inclusion capabilities and the warmth and learning her son received from the preschool
teachers. Joey’s mom is now in the process of transferring him to attend daily.
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Community Resource Center
The YWCA’s two-story gym space in the center of our building will be restored to its rich historical character
for use as a community all-purpose room.
• Space adjacent to the gym will be redeveloped as small group meeting rooms, restrooms and a kitchen
• The new community resource center will be used by residents, YWCA program participants and the public.
The YWCA’s health outreach staff will be housed here
Building Design Elements
• Historic Preservation
• Green Community
• Culturally Sensitive
• Universal Design
b s h m
balog steines hendricks &
manchester architects inc.
N. PHELPS STREET
EXISTING YWCA BUILDING
GIVING – Become part of the YWCA’s renaissance
You can support the YWCA’s “So We May Rise to Lead” campaign by:
Making a pledge
Make a gift to the campaign, pledged over a five-year giving period. You can choose to satisfy your pledge
through monthly, quarterly or annual payments. Or, you can structure your own pledge payment schedule.
You can satisfy your pledge through payments by check, direct deposit, or credit card. We gladly accept MasterCard,
VISA, Discover, and American Express. And, we will be happy to send you reminders of pledge payments as they
Making a gift of stock or mutual fund shares
Stock and mutual funds shares that have increased in value make excellent charitable gifts. By donating your stock
or mutual fund, you avoid capital gains taxes and receive a charitable deduction, all while helping the YWCA. We
will be happy to assist you in transferring assets to complete your gift. Certain types of non-publicly traded stock
also can be donated to the “So We May Rise To Lead” campaign. Please ask us for details.
Making a gift of real estate or other property
The YWCA appreciates other – more customized – types of gifts, such as items donated in-kind, and real and
personal property. A member of our campaign committee will be glad to visit with you about our guidelines for
accepting these special gifts.
Making a planned gift
You can help ensure the YWCA’s future through a planned – or after-death – gift. Gifts can be structured through
a variety of vehicles, including a bequest, various trust arrangements, and other income-producing vehicles such
as life insurance and annuities. In considering a planned gift, it is best to consult with your tax, legal and financial
adviser(s). While planned gifts can’t be counted toward the capital campaign, we welcome your interest. We will
be happy to work with you and your adviser(s) to structure a gift that best suits your tax and estate planning needs.
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YWCA Youngstown Giving
To find out more about your giving options, or to arrange a gift, please call:
LEAH BROOKS, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, 330-746-6361
RECOGNITION & NAMING OPPORTUNITIES
Gift recognition offered
Gift level over 5 years
Historic Lobby/Cyber Café $500,000
Historic Gym/Community Meeting Space $250,000
Elevator Tower $250,000
Childcare Nursery (ages 6 weeks to 3 years) $150,000
Historic Veranda/Retail Space $100,000
Garden Terrace $100,000
Children’s Playground and Equipment $100,000
YWCA Education Empowerment Room $100,000
Reception Area (historic features) $100,000
Historic Main Entrance
Office for Business Start-up (2) $50,000
Community Room Kitchen $50,000
Childcare 4-year-old Preschool Room $50,000
Childcare 5-year-old Preschool Room $50,000
Resident Floor Computer Room (3) $25,000
Resident Floor Fitness Room (3) $25,000
Resource Room for Child Learning Center
Resident Floor Craft/Activities Room (3) $15,000
Administrative Office Area $15,000
Conference Room $15,000
DONOR WALL RECOGNITION
All campaign gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent donor wall
within a public space. The donor wall will be part of the overall architectural design.
DONOR ROLL RECOGNITION
Gifts of $999 and below will be recognized in a Donor Roll to be published following
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YWCA Youngstown Giving
SOURCES OF FUNDS
HDAP Grant $750,000
HOME Funds - City of Youngstown $200,000
Capital Campaign $3,047,926
Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Grant $450,000
Net Equity from Low Income Housing Tax Credits $3,282,146
Net Equity from Federal Historic Tax Credits $952,426
TOTAL SOURCES OF FUNDS $8,682,498
USE OF FUNDS
Predevelopment Costs $319,079
Construction Costs $7,738,419
Other Project Costs $625,000
TOTAL USE OF FUNDS $8,682,498
YWCA OF YOUNGSTOWN CURRENT PROGRAMS
Housing and Supportive Services
• Transitional and permanent housing at the YWCA and in the community
• Case management and support
Childcare and Youth Development
• Early care and education serving ages 6 weeks to 12 years at 5 locations in Mahoning County
• Character building and racial justice programs
• Women’s health education and support
• Direct education and links to free and low-cost health services
• Financial literacy
• Economic empowerment
• Job readiness
ANNUAL YWCA EVENTS RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY
The YWCA Women Artists: A Celebration! Annual art exhibition – This event showcases works by local,
regional and national women artists age 18 and older. The juried show features all media, including paintings,
drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and metal work. This show was established in 1981 to
showcase women artists who lacked a venue to express their talent and creativity.
Young Women with Bright Futures – Established in 1994 this awards event provides an opportunity
for community recognition of outstanding young women who are high school seniors. Honorees are selected
by their high school administrations based on leadership qualities, creative talents, academic excellence
and volunteer service.
Women’s Leadership Conference – This event connects women with resources to assist them with advancing
their careers and building assets in order to empower them economically and build community leaders.
For more information, visit www.ywca.org/youngstown
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So We May Rise To Lead
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So We May Rise To Lead
25 West Rayen Avenue • Youngstown, OH 44503
The Young Women’s Christian Association of the United States of America is a women’s membership
movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many
beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the Association draws together members who
strive to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a
common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The Association will thrust its
collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.
The YWCA of Youngstown would like to thank the following for supporting this project: