View Brochure

ywca.org

View Brochure

of Youngstown

So We

May Rise

To Lead

Bringing down barriers.

Building opportunities

for women and families.


CONTENTS

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

Fran Curd

Jacquelyn M. Daniel

Deborah S. Liptak

Goldia McCall

Amy G. Mirkin

Carolynn Mitchell

Marilyn Montes

Susan M. Moorer

Freda Pritchett

Jacqueline Rios

Jere’e Green Stavich

Norma J. Stefanik

Rhonda Warren

Mary A. Williams

Constance Shaffer, Executive Director


MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dear Friends:

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.

Sincerely,

The YWCA Board of Directors

Message YWCA from the Youngstown President 43


4

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 VISION

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

work.

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.

Efficiency Unit

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

45


YWCA Youngstown Vision

YWCA ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

PROGRAMS PROVIDE WOMEN

AND GIRLS WITH EDUCATION

OPPORTUNITY, ENCOURAGEMENT

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.

36


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.

Message YWCA Youngstown from the President Vision 47


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

• Accessibility

• Security

• Technology

• Universal Design

b s h m

balog steines hendricks &

manchester architects inc.

site plan

N

N. PHELPS STREET

HC

HC

PHASE II:

DAYCARE CENTER

ADDITION

PHASE I:

ELEVATOR LOBBY

EXISTING YWCA BUILDING

RAYEN AVE.

8


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

become due.

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.

Message YWCA Youngstown from the President Giving 49


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

9


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

$50,000 Taken

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

$25,000 Taken

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

the campaign.

Message YWCA Youngstown from the President Giving 411


YWCA Youngstown Giving

SOURCES OF FUNDS

BUDGET

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

Health Promotions

• Women’s health education and support

• Direct education and links to free and low-cost health services

Empowerment

• 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

12


of Y oungstown

So We May Rise To Lead


of Y oungstown

So We May Rise To Lead

25 West Rayen Avenue • Youngstown, OH 44503

www.ywca.org/youngstown

...the mission

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:

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines