Dear Friend,

Your continued support of YWCA NorthEastern NY has been amazing during 2021. On behalf of the 232 survivors in
our domestic violence shelter, the 92 residents in our housing program, and the 54 families enrolled in our early
learning program – Thank You.

We talk a lot about empowering women. But, what is empowerment? We think one of our clients said it best:

“I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done. For reminding me just how strong I am, what I’m capable
of, and the person I’m capable of becoming.”

Empowering people to recognize their own personal power; empowering individuals to realize their worth and find
the courage to leave unhealthy, stressful, or abusive relationships; empowering women to have financial freedom
and the ability to live on their own – that is what we do at YWCA NorthEastern NY.

For 133 years, YWCA NENY has worked to meet the changing needs of our community. We hear your collective
voice asking for greater change, and have advocated in 2021 for our mission more than we ever have before by:

  • Focusing on critical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work so we may fully embody our mission of eliminating
    racism and empowering ALL women
  • Expanding our counseling services and community advocacy around mental health services
  • Constructing more safe, affordable housing options for women and their families in 2022
  • Acquiring a new domestic violence shelter, providing healing and empowerment for domestic violence

“I have been in therapy for years. I know all the terms and I have all the ‘tools’ but I never believed that they
actually worked. Working with you, for the first time in my life, I realized that I can value myself, set
boundaries, and put myself first. It has changed my life.” – Counseling Client

Our future looks bright at YWCA NENY thanks to the overwhelming support we have received from our community.
Let’s continue this work together. Empowerment creates a ripple effect, and the positive impact gets paid forward
for years to come. Empowered women empower other women. We envision a community of empowered survivors
who go on to change the world, one individual at a time.

“The horror of sleeping on a park bench is finally over.” – Housing resident

You have helped us accomplish amazing things. In these final weeks of 2021, together we will raise $40,000 more
so we can empower 2,000 more survivors. I ask you to continue this ripple effect of empowerment in our
community, and consider making a year-end donation now in support of women, in support of families, and
in support of our community.

With gratitude,

Kim Siciliano
Chief Executive Officer

Carole Merrill-Mazurek
Board President

Ready to make your end-of-year contribution?

Mail checks to:
YWCA NorthEastern NY
ATTN: Development Department
44 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305

Or click below to donate online.

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