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Recent Financial Stability Outcomes

 

One Story - A young mother came to the YWCA with her three year old son, Jack. She felt hopeless, like she was letting her son down after escaping a very abusive relationship. She became a resident of the shelter with Jack and began the process of trying to put the pieces back together again. When she arrived at the shelter she was informed of the Discovery Childcare Center and that the YWCA pays for 15 days of childcare so that the mothers can go out and look for work.  Jack quickly flourished and made friends and became a loved member of the preschool classroom while his mother went out looking for work. She got a job and eventually found a place of their own outside of shelter.

To this day, Jack is enrolled in Discovery Childcare Center and has more friends than he can count. (And he will tell you that!) Jack will graduate next year and move onto kindergarten. Mom is able to work every day and knows that she has a support system to help anytime. She has mentioned on more than one occasion that if it weren’t for the YWCA she doesn’t know where she and little Jack would have ended up. She is now able to leave Jack in a loving, nurturing, and educational environment while she is able to work and provide for her family.

  

Big Picture Statistics:

  • 892 men, women, and children received 32,581 nights of emergency shelter.

  • 299 low-income or elderly people were represented at no cost for non-criminal court cases. 

  • 139 previously homeless households (258 people) lived in transitional, permanent, or supportive housing.

  • 1,395 people received $1,044,882 in tax refunds through free tax preparation.

  • 141 adults with disabilities held jobs through sheltered and supported employment.

  • 1,213 children from low-income families received school supplies. 

  • $240,643 was saved on prescription medication by area residents with a prescription discount card. 

  • 33 immigrants became U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents. 

  • 115 people filed proper documentation to successfully maintain legal status or attain citizenship. 

  • Earned Income Tax Credits were filed for 114 people through free tax preparation, resulting in $92,073 in returned refunds. 

  • More than 800 people provided Christmas to 2,643 families and individuals in need.

  • More than 180 volunteers guided decisions for $3.0 million distributed in our community.

  • More than 5,500 referrals were made to people seeking needed service resources. 

  • 6 scholarships were awarded to early care educators pursuing higher education. 

  • 54 high school students with disabilities received summer work experience. 

  • 46 individuals gained and maintained competitive employment for 6 months through Supported Employment.