YWCA Glendale: Our Response to Current Events – November 2020

YWCA Glendale Releases Request for Proposals for Nonprofit Affordable Housing Developers

YWCA Glendale invites the submittal of qualifications from affordable housing developers interested in developing and operating affordable housing for low and moderate income families on the eastern parcel (pool) land area which contains approximately 8,600 SF, including a 6,350 SF basement for subterranean garage. YWCA Glendale intends to execute a long-term lease with the selected developer. The purpose of the RFP is to seek qualified developers with multiple-project experience to develop affordable housing units on underutilized parcels currently owned by YWCA Glendale. Read the RFP HERE. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This month, we’d like to take you on a virtual tour of our shelter to share how we are responding to the needs of survivors during COVID-19. We are currently fundraising to complete a backyard landscaping project at the shelter so we can provide a safe, private and healing space for families leaving violent relationships. We’d love to have your support! You can follow us on social media where we will be posting information about domestic violence and the resources available to support survivors in English, Spanish and Armenian. For more information on our growing service numbers and our 10/22 Purple Tie Awards, honoring men working to end domestic violence in our community, please read our October newsletter. 

YWCA Glendale Chosen As 2020 Nonprofit of the Year By Assemblymember Laura Friedman 

YWCA Glendale is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year by California Assemblymember Laura Friedman. YWCA Glendale is one of over a hundred other nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assembly members for their tremendous contributions to the communities they serve.

The challenges of COVID-19 were not only to respond to the pandemic itself, but it caused a dramatic swell in domestic violence case loads as a side effect of isolation in place. We are pleased that our organization also rose to the challenges of calls for racial justice that have already led to social change. We are humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Laura Friedman as Nonprofit of the Year for our work to advance gender equity and racial justice,” Valerie Merritt, YWCA Glendale Board President. READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

Historic Sundown Town Resolution Unanimously Passed by Glendale City Council 

In June 2020, the YWCA Glendale, Black in Glendale and a group of committed community members, parents, educators, and faith leaders formed the Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale to lead the community forward following the murder of George Floyd and to lay the groundwork for systemic change to address racial inequities in Glendale. The Coalition determined that a critical starting point for this work would be the passage of a formal resolution to acknowledge and apologize for Glendale’s documented history as a sundown town. On September 15th, the Glendale City Council unanimously voted to pass the Sundown Town Resolution, making it the third city in the country to take this courageous step of reckoning with its past to move toward a more equitable future. You can visit our Racial Justice program page for links to media coverage on the resolution from LA Times, Spectrum News, NBC4, PBS American Portrait, and more.

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 1st is GIVING TUESDAY! Consider making a donation to support our work. 

November & December New TechGYRLS’ weekday and weekend workshops: Wearable Tech, Lego Robotics & Google CS First Coding Workshops. Register today.

September 8th – December 15th After School Programming: Girls Circle (Held Virtually)