YWCA Glendale: Our Response to Current Events

YWCA Glendale has been called upon by our community to process this historical moment of centering Black lives in the nationwide call for justice and an end to police brutality and racial inequality. Thank you for joining us on June 7th at Glendale City Hall for a Candlelight Vigil to commit ourselves to the urgent work of eliminating racism. Thank you to the youth leaders who organized the March for Black Lives: Gabrielle Scott, Natalie Kinlow and Ava Garcia and thank you to the vigil organizers: Tara Peterson, Tanita Fadyeyola-Ligons, Tasha Jenkins, Rebeca Andrade, Elen Asatryan, Kate Eberle, Ingrid Gunnell, Malcolm Johnson, Jennie Quinones Skinner, and Ardy Kassakhian.You can read more about the event and view event photos here. 

The YWCA Glendale joins with over 200 YWCAs across the country, united to answer the cry for justice, peace, and dignity for all.  We will continue to call for dismantling systemic racism and equal protection and opportunity under the law through our education and advocacy work. You can read our CEO’s Statement on The Pathway to Healing and Reconciliation HERE

Like most of you, YWCA Glendale has been laser focused on the news of the evolving coronavirus pandemic. As a provider of emergency and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community, we understand that we play a critical role in maintaining both the health and safety of those seeking our services. We are classified as an essential business under the Safer at Home Orders for the State of California and Los Angeles County; our domestic violence shelter will remain open during this time.

We have been following the recommendations and guidelines of state and local public health officials and will continue to do so. Our 24 hour services – emergency shelter and our domestic violence hotline will remain available to meet the needs of those whose lives depend on them. We have shifted all community services: counseling, legal and case management to online video conferencing and phone calls. We encourage all clients with questions to call: 1-(888)-999-7511.

We have repurposed our Lending Library Box on the corner of Lexington Drive and Geneva Street to now function as a food pantry box. It will be stocked daily, Monday-Thursday. Our Lexington facilities staff will be available Monday – Thursday 7AM-1PM for contactless food donation drop offs at the front door. On April 9th, we began a weekly curbside pick up of groceries for families in our domestic violence shelter and community programs and families in Door of Hope’s shelter program (our local domestic violence transitional shelter partner), beginning the week of April 6th. Please call 818-242-4155 to schedule any drop offs of food donations for this program.

Based on the evolution of the response to COVID-19, including the recent states of emergencies declared by Los Angeles County and the State of California, we have taken additional steps to protect our clients, staff, and community:

  • Shifting the format of our 23rd Annual Legacy Luncheon on June 11th (previously scheduled for April 15th) from an in-person luncheon to A Virtual Conversation With Our 2020 Heart & Excellence Honorees.
  • Canceling our April 28th Stand Against Racism Roundtable Event. Our Stand Against Racism online/social media campaign elements continued online during the week of April 20th-26th. 
  • Shifting the format of our annual Camp Rosie/Girls on the Rise Summer Camp Program. This year, the YWCA Glendale, in partnership with the YWCA Pasadena, will virtually implement camp workshops. Participants will be provided $75 stipends to incentivize their participation in STEAM Education and Healthy relationships workshops. Click here to sponsor a Camp Rosie stipend for a young girl from Glendale, Pasadena or Burbank.
  • In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communal living environment, we have immediately suspended receiving in kind donations outside of cleaning products and non perishable food items at our Lexington headquarters. If you wish to help, please donate financially or donate the following items: general cleaning supplies, hand soap, paper towels, lysol wipes, lysol spray, hand sanitizer, diapers, and non perishable food items. You can leave these at our front door for a contactless drop off, Monday-Thursday 7AM-1PM or purchase them through our Amazon emergency wish list and they will be directly delivered to us.  
  • As an essential provider of vital social services, our emergency services: emergency shelter and our confidential hotline will remain available 24/7. 
  • Instructions have been provided to our clients about how they should respond if they experience flu like symptoms and a COVID-19 shelter plan has been implemented to safely house survivors. 

YWCA Glendale will remain open as a safe place to serve and house women and children in crisis. This is our call. We thank you for your partnership and support that enables us to rise to this occasion.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 15th – August 7th Camp Rosie: Girls on the Rise (Virtual Summer Camp)

Registration is now at capacity for Camp Rosie. This exciting summer camp is designed to empower and educate girls through a series of workshops and activities focused on STEAM Education, healthy relationships, leadership development and civic engagement. This year’s camp will be conducted virtually, with six week long sessions. Campers will be given a $75 stipend to celebrate the completion of their session. CLICK FOR MORE INFO

July 1st – Persimmon Donor Circle Virtual Happy Hour (private event for members)