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August - September 2018

In This Issue: 2018 Grants Showcase | 2017 Grantee Spotlight: YWCA Weinberg Residence | Leadership Letter |

Grants Showcase
September 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
2747 Riva Road


The 2017 grantees will talk about what their organizations have been able to accomplish with our funding, and we will introduce the new 2018 grantees. The evening provides a wonderful opportunity to understand the real meaning of AAWGT's grant-making.

Come and invite your friends to learn more about the outstanding non-profits working to improve the quality of life for women and families in Anne Arundel County. All are welcome!

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Upcoming events our members are engaged in. We invite others to join AAWGT to participate with us.

2017 Grantee Spotlight: YWCA Weinberg Residence

One in four women will be affected by domestic violence at some point in her life. In Anne Arundel County, that equates to over 75,000 women, enough to fill M&T Bank [Ravens] Stadium. As many are aware, the issue of domestic violence crosses all socioeconomic barriers and the effect reaches far into families, businesses and the community. Serving over 10,000 people a year through the 24-hour hotlines, safe house, legal services program, counseling department and community outreach initiatives, the YWCA is the comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention service provider for Anne Arundel County.

The YWCA has been pleased to utilize the funding provided by Anne Arundel Women Giving Together to support the staff expense of two crisis advocates. The role of the advocate is to answer the 24-hour hotline, provide case management, assist with transportation to medical appointments and provide direct support in attaining the goals each individual sets for themselves as part of the process of leaving an abusive home. The shelter provides refuge to 250+ women and children annually with most families staying 30-60 days. Both Christan Wallace and Michel’le Brown are full time team members with the YWCA, working under this grant, and with the primary goal of breaking down the barriers to obtaining independent housing.

In working with those in crisis, the needs vary greatly. As such, plans are individualized to the particular client. Some residents require job skills development or assistance in identifying housing options. Others are looking for support with legal representation in custody matters following abuse or accompaniment at the hospital during a forensic exam. Regardless of the need, the YWCA is open 24-hours a day to provide that support. Once such example is a woman, “Jenna” who called on the hotline. She and her young son had endured abuse for three years. All access to money, the car and even insurance cards had been taken from them in an attempt to keep Jenna from leaving the house. The physical abuse escalated. Jenna was embarrassed and struggled to reach out, until she started to see her young son starting to mimic his father’s violent behavior. She contacted the YWCA, secured a space in the residential program and has been benefitting from both case management and counseling to begin rebuilding a violence-free life for both herself and her son.

The YWCA is on course to expand services through the new campus, opening in January 2019. This site will be home to the new 10,000 sf “Weinberg Residence” [Safe House Shelter] and Education & Wellness Center. The YWCA will be able to offer accommodations to twice the number of people and also provide licensed acupuncture/massage, financial literacy, resume writing, mentoring, yoga and wellness through facilities on site.

Leadership Letter

RESPECT.  I know we all were saddened by the passing of Aretha Franklin, and who could forget this one of the many songs she made famous.

Whatever she meant or implied, or whatever we each read into it, there are ways in which respect is an important word for AAWGT.  What is meant by that?

Why do we support non-profits in Anne Arundel County that help women and families? Because we respect the individuals who benefit from these programs and want to improve their lives.

Why do we do so collectively? Because we respect the grant-making process that AAWGT has put together with integrity, thoroughness, and compassion.

And why do we choose to participate in our many education and social programs, and engage in serious business discussions? Again, because we respect each other, our judgment, and our experience.

So, whether we think it, say it, or act on it, respect is a component of involvement with AAWGT. It made us want to join, to attend, and to participate. Respect helps our organization run well.

Respect is allied with gratitude; to respect is to ultimately be grateful. The two of us are grateful to be a part of our giving circle. We hope you feel that way, too.

Betsy Chotin, President
Sue Pitchford, Vice-President and President-Elect

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