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Mother and Child

Tina’s Story

Monday, June 3, 2019

“I was married for only two months when the beatings began. I thought my son’s birth would put an end to the abuse, but it didn’t. My life had turned into a nightmare—I was kept in the dark by my husband on our finances, terrified for my life, and in agony over how my little… Continue Reading Tina’s Story

Salon Training

Wendy Dickson talks about our new training program for salon professionals

Friday, May 17, 2019

Those who work in salons are in a unique position to see signs of relationship abuse. Now a new law in Illinois requires that all salon professionals (hair stylists, manicurists, etc.) receive training on sexual assault and domestic violence so they’re better equipped to respond to their clients. YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a certified provider… Continue Reading Wendy Dickson talks about our new training program for salon professionals

Jean and Andy Fies

Fies family pulled-pork event raises $8,000 for children at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Sunday, April 14, Evanston friends and neighbors pulled together with pulled pork to change young lives. For the sixth year in a row, the Fies family from Evanston hosted their pulled pork fundraiser. According to Andy Fies, who with his wife, Jean, and their three children, spearhead the fundraiser, it was the most successful… Continue Reading Fies family pulled-pork event raises $8,000 for children at YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Women wading in a lake holding on to one another

Why swimming fits with the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Monday, April 15, 2019

By Kristen White, chief operating officer, YWCA Evanston/North Shore (condensed from remarks at the Flying Fish awards ceremony on April 4, 2019) People often ask us why YWCA Evanston/North Shore is involved in swimming.  They do not see how swimming is related to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. However, the history of… Continue Reading Why swimming fits with the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s McDowell named as one of “Willie’s Warriors”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tiffany McDowell, director of the Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, was recently selected as part of the spring 2019 cohort of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s “Willie’s Warriors” Leadership Initiative. The initiative brings together black women leaders in honor of Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow, creating a network and pipeline of leaders who are committed… Continue Reading YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s McDowell named as one of “Willie’s Warriors”