YWCA of Greater Flint
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The YWCA of Greater Flint Endowment Fund supports operations and programs of the YWCA of Greater Flint.
Mission: Through our programs and services, we work to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
The YWCA Greater Flint serves around 2,600 individuals, both adults and children every year. Below is a breakdown of services provided:
- Crisis Intervention-- provide tools to empower survivors to increase their safety and lead lives free from violence. Support groups provide a safe place to learn & grow with others who have gone through similar situations.
- Victim Advocacy-- we provide information about the criminal justice system, provide court support, assist with filing personal protection orders & work with local police jurisdictions who receive domestic violence & sexual assault complaints. Our advocates are also embedded in the Flint Police Department, as well as circuit and district court, working alongside our partners to provide services to victims.
- SafeHouse Shelter-- since 1980, our 32 bed facility has provided safe, emergency shelter for victims and children who are homeless as a result of abusive situations. Residents receive support services such as crisis intervention and advocacy; food, clothing and supplies; as well as assistance with finding permanent housing.
- SAFE Center-- in 2017, we began offering free forensic examinations for sexual assault victims on site with 24-hour access to specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).
- Crisis Line (810) 238-SAFE-- the 24/7 crisis line offers trained staff who are available to respond to victims, answer questions, provide information & referrals, and assist with the intake process for Safehouse for those in need of shelter.
- Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)– a multidisciplinary group representing law enforcement, hospitals, and service providers who work collaboratively to ensure coordinated response and support for sexual assault victims in Genesee County.
Women’s Empowerment Center
Newly established in 2022, the WEC will offer a variety of programs and services to empower and support women and children in the greater Flint community, including:
- Empowerment and leadership workshops
- Summer leadership program for middle school girls
- Peer mentoring
- Two-generation workshops of daughters and moms
- Financial literacy sessions
- Wellness and other women’s issues-related programs
- 1:1 Life coaching as well as resource information and referrals
Racial and Gender Equity Programs:
- Racial Justice Transformational Leadership Academy: a six-part series with community/business leaders to raise awareness around racial inequities and their impact as well as to develop new systems and policies to facilitate equitable outcomes within organizations.
- Challenging Racism 101 and 102: introductory and advanced racial justice workshops focused on creating a shared language, developing strategies for effective listening and the skills for engaging in, and facilitating, difficult conversations.
- Stand Against Racism Campaign: A national YWCA initiative to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.
- YWomen Vote Campaign: A campaign aimed to increase voter turnout at elections, as well as promoting an understanding of issues that affect women’s and children’s lives.
- Prevention Education: The YWCA actively works to inform and educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault, and healthy relationships, including law enforcement, hospital staff, community service providers, local colleges, and community schools.