YWCA Glendale: Our Response to Current Events – August 2020

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. You can read more about the event and view event photos HERE. YWCA Glendale has formed a Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale, in partnership with community and faith leaders, community members, students, educators and parents to create a more just and equitable Glendale by 2027 by advancing systemic change in five key areas: housing, employment, education, justice and health. The Coalition has drafted a resolution for the City of Glendale to acknowledge and apologize for its history as a sundown town as a first step it can take as a city moving toward racial equity.

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 shifted all community services: counseling, legal and case management to online video conferencing and phone calls, but will see some clients on a case by case basis by appointment only. We encourage all clients with questions to call: 1-(888)-999-7511.

Our curbside grocery pick up program will continue serving 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) during COVID-19. Please call 818-242-4155 to schedule any drop offs of food donations for this program.

Based on the evolving response to COVID-19, in 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 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.  
  • 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

November 8th – National STEM/STEAM Day: Women of Color Leading in STEAM Virtual Event Details coming soon!

October 22nd 1-2PM – Purple Tie Awards Virtual Event Details coming soon!

October 18th-24th – A Week Without Violence

August 24th – September 10th 40 Hour Domestic Violence Peer Counselor Training (Held Virtually)

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

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