10 Years of Independence Place: A Personal Story

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

After experiencing homelessness shortly after aging out of foster care, “S” sought out YWCA Greater Cleveland, where she was welcomed into her new home at Independence Place. With secure housing and the guidance of YWCA staff, S has been able to focus on her future. S has earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and is currently employed… Continue Reading 10 Years of Independence Place: A Personal Story

57th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Thursday, July 1, 2021

57 years ago, our country’s standard for civil rights legislation was signed into law. The 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, still resonates strongly in conversations around equity. Today, as we celebrate the accomplishments of those whose dedication to justice and community helped… Continue Reading 57th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Until [Transgender] Justice…Just Is.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

UNTIL [TRANSGENDER] JUSTICE…JUST IS. During Intersectional Pride Month 2021, we take the time to uplift and support our trans sisters of color. A group that has been long ignored and violently silenced is experiencing a crisis in our community. Cleveland, Ohio is an epicenter of the transgender murder crisis, 90% of these being Black transgender… Continue Reading Until [Transgender] Justice…Just Is.

Celebrating Bayard Rustin

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

At YWCA Greater Cleveland, we believe that understanding our collective, complete history is the first step in the cycle of action that ideally produces racial equity. As you read this post, the efforts to suppress or limit the teaching of this history–and more specifically the legacies of racism and sexism in the United States–are well… Continue Reading Celebrating Bayard Rustin

YWCA Greater Cleveland Wins YWCA USA Excellence Award for Racial Justice

Friday, June 25, 2021

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, YWCA Greater Cleveland was selected by CEOs and Executive Directors across the YWCA network to receive the YWCA USA Excellence Award for Racial Justice in recognition of their exemplary and innovative programming and advocacy. The award honors local associations championing YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism within their communities while centering… Continue Reading YWCA Greater Cleveland Wins YWCA USA Excellence Award for Racial Justice

Remembering a Life of Purpose

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Sitting atop the shoulders of former NBA player Stephen Jackson, six-year-old Gianna Floyd proclaimed: “Daddy changed the world!” The previous week, Derek Chauvin murdered her father, George Floyd, when Chauvin knelt on her father’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds. Bystander video footage provided the horrifying ability to watch and re-watch the murder happen… Continue Reading Remembering a Life of Purpose