YWCA of Asheville Annual Report 2013-2014

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thank you!

Annual Report

2013 - 2014

our mission: Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Victoria Poole and her daughter, Faith

Dear YW Family and Friends,

Board of Directors

Over the past three years, the YWCA, along with our region, has weathered declining state funding in the areas of childcare, minority health and women’s empowerment. I am proud to say that, despite these challenges, our organization has maintained our core services. Remarkably, we have had a year of growth as an organization.

President Sue Lomenzo (pictured)

We created a new Advancement Department to foster relationships with individuals, businesses, and funders so that the YW has the resources it needs to move forward with confidence. As a result, we began conducting Empower Hour tours twice a month to help community members experience firsthand the YWCA’s work to overcome barriers and to promote health, nurture children, and create opportunities for women (see quotes from our Empower Hour guests on page 13). The Board of Directors commissioned a business analysis of Club W and Aquatics to turn around declining revenues. This helped us increase and retain Club W and Aquatics members by improving our technology and by renovating the lobby and other aspects of the facility. Another recommendation of the business plan was to consolidate programs. We created our Department of Health and Wellness and hired a new team—promoting from within and creating a new level of management. One of the most exciting things that happened this past year was the development of our new organizational Strategic Plan. In my career it was one of the most inclusive processes I’ve been part of, and you can see this in the result: a clear vision of what we need to do to work towards expansion of our services in the long term, while continuing to provide critical services in the short term. And to do this while we fully infuse our mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women into every aspect of our work, whether it is a direct service, a community partnership, or advocacy. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Thank you for seeing the beauty in our dreams, and for helping make them a reality. You truly make our very important work possible.

Beth Maczka Chief Executive Officer

The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

2014 - 2015

Vice President Maria Roloff Second Vice President Lyndia Chiles Secretary Alida Woods Treasurer Barbara Benisch Marian Arledge Leslie Fay Amanda Greene Carla Henry Linda Iovacchini Dolly Jenkins-Mullen Sabrina Rockoff Georgia M. Shannon Muriel Singer Laurie Stradley Cindy Weeks Lu Young Thank you to recent past board members: Lindsay Carver Chelsea McGowan Melissa Williams


A child from our Drop-In Child Care program

Impact by the Numbers July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Empowering women.

Building spirits as well as bodies.

MotherLove - 30 pregnant and parenting teenagers stayed in school because of the support, advocacy, resources, and mentoring they receive. For the past 10 years, 95% of MotherLove participants have graduated from high school

Health & Fitness – 1,348 Club W members and 120 Aquatics members worked toward their health and fitness goals while supporting programs that change the larger community.

Drop-In Child Care - 140 families with the goal of improving their economic security were served by this program. Of those families, 26 secured full time jobs, 30 secured part time jobs, 18 persons with disabilities secured benefits, 7 enrolled in a four year college, 77 enrolled in community colleges or vocational training, and 37 obtained other training. Further, Drop-In Child Care provided 257 children with 9,177 hours of quality care while their parents worked to improve their family’s economic situation. Starting on October 2013 the Drop-In Child Care began providing free Rainbow In My Tummy lunches. We served 1,597 warm lunches during the year.

Diabetes Wellness – 75 adults with diabetes reduced complications with exercise, healthy eating, education, personal training, and emotional support.

Diabetes Prevention – 39 adults prevented diabetes by learning to exercise and eat correctly, and gaining knowledge from others who’ve experienced success.

Health Outreach – 12 senior adults at Senior Dining Sites across Buncombe County exercised weekly and 1,071 people at 4 locations were provided free blood pressure screenings targeting low income, minority seniors.

Helping families nurture and care for their children.


Child Care - 81 children ages 6 weeks through 6 years gained the skills and enrichment they need to get an excellent start on their education, cultural development, and social skills.

School Age - 168 school aged children attended After School and or Day Camp where they received homework assistance and participated in swim lessons, healthy eating, exercise, drama, gardening, dance, and field trips to help them become lifelong learners.

The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Eliminating racism. •

Stand Against Racism – Our 2014 Stand Against Racism included 57 community groups and thousands of participants. The Stand brought widespread local media attention to the fact that racism still exists and must not be tolerated.

The largest Stand event was held by A-B Tech Community College, which hosted a community-wide event in partnership with the YWCA, UNC Asheville, MAHEC, and the City of Asheville.

thank you Our Donors

Diane and Jim Abbott Sandra and William Abromitis Nancy and Don Ackermann Cole Katharine and Blan Aldridge Rebecca Anderson Shiner Antiorio Nels Arnold Bess and Rod Baird Katie Baird Jade and Kevin Baker Kimberly Barber Susan and Fred Barbour Robert Bauer Susan Bean Judy Beck and Jerome Hay Lamont and Terry Bellamy Betsey Bent and Douglas Wilson John C. Bernhardt, Jr. Susan Bicknell and Hardy LeGwin Steven Livingston Dr. and Mrs. George M. Bilbrey Joyce Birkenholz and Trevor Wallis Michael and Judith Bohan Wallace E. Bohanan Elizabeth Bolton Sally and Michael Booher Sandra Bradbury Leah Broker and David Greenspan Sally Broughton and Toby Ives Janice Brown and David Goldsmith Lin and David Brown Rebecca Brown and Josh Kelly Paulette Brownlee Beverly and Terrance Burt Spencer and Blake Butler Maris Buttacavoli Al and Libby Campbell Chiloh Campbell Donna Cannone Susan Carmichael Claire and Leonard Carrier Louise Cate and Tom Wernicke George H. V. Cecil Rebecca Chaplin

Lyndia Chiles Eloise Clark Pam and Tadd Clarkson Shari Cohen Janet Cone Clare and Tyler Cook Debra Cooper and Larry Weiss Sarah Corley and Neil Peterson Marcia H. Covington Brenda Craig Nancy Craig Carole and Walter Currie Goodsearch Judy Daniel Joann Dare James Calvin Davidson Zanie Davidson Tonna and Damion Davis Dr. Darilyn Dealy Beatrice Diamond Dorothy A. Donaldson Jonathan Dudley and Tracie Pouliot George and Debbie Duncan Judy Leah Duncan Virginia Duquet and David Nash Imke Durre Ingeborg Durre Erna and Norman Earle Roberta Eblen Diane and Ron Eddy Beth Ellers Dr. and Mrs. Miles Elmore Emmanuel Lutheran Church Jennifer English Beth Erickson Carol Eubank Patti J. Evans Michelle and Paul Farago Leslie Fay Marian and Larry Fincher Maria Fire and Calvin Allen Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull Anita Fletcher Norma Forbes Raechelle Freeman Jacquelyn Friedrich

Judy Futch and Paul Smith Futch Foundation, Inc. Janet and John Garrett Jan Getz Holly Gillespie Wendy Lou and Frederick Gillespie Carol Goins Maralee and Ron Gollberg Mary Goodkind and Lindley Garner Laura Gordon Gourmet Giving Asheville Julian Grant Robert Grant Murray and Carol Greenspan Clementine Gregory Joan Grimes Robert and Melissa Gunther Jeri and Matt Hahner Jean D. Haldane Amanda Hall Judith Hamill Beverly and Richard Hammond Coryn Harris Kerry Harris Wanda L. Harris Janet and Andrew Hart Jane and Tom Hatley Wayne Hawkins and Tim Patterson Rebecca and William Heartz Nancy E. Heath Peggy Heilig Mary Beth and Eli Herman Sara P. Hill Hi-Wire Brewing Hal and Valerie Hogstrom Barnard Holley Amy Hollifield Hop Ice Cream Cafe LLC Gloria Howard Free Elizabeth Hunter Frances Hutchens iDaph Image 420 Screenprinting Dr. Linda Iovacchini Dee and Charles James Kennon and Bill Jamieson

We appreciate your generosity. Our donors are very important to us. Please let us know if we have omitted or misspelled your name, or otherwise not reflected your gift accurately.


Maria in the YW Pool

An Aquatics Story: Happy and Strong in the YWCA Pool Evidence shows that with consistent swimming lessons children can decrease the chance of a water accident, which is why weekly swim lessons are an integral component of our Child Care program and our School Age program. Our swim instructors’ goals are to not only teach children the basics of stroke development, but to show them how to be safe around water as well. Maria is 8 years old, and comes to the YWCA for swim lessons. Maria’s mother Faviola – who is originally from Mexico – says: “I noticed at the public pool that Hispanic families tend to stay at the edge and not swim. In our culture it’s not so common to learn how to swim, but I want my children to learn for their safety, and so that they can have the same opportunities and be part of the culture here.” Faviola chose the YW because she had heard that it’s a safe environment, with good instructors. “Maria loves coming here –


The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

she has so much fun,” says Faviola. “She has more confidence in the water – I see her improvement every week.” Asked what she thinks about her swim lessons at the YW, Maria says simply: “I like to learn.” How does she feel in the water? “Happy and strong.” Faviola, who cannot swim, says that Maria’s improvement and joy in the water has inspired her to want to sign up for swimming lessons herself. Ms. Shawn, Maria’s swim teacher, says of her: “I have taught swimming off and on for about 13 years. I have never before had a student who has worked so hard, and advanced so quickly. Maria went from being frightened to put her face in the water…to now diving in the 12 feet section of the pool and swimming the full length of the pool on her own. This young girl has courage like I have never witnessed before.”

Improving the lives of women in Asheville since 1907.

Harvey Jenkins Susan Jenkins Laurel Jernigan Julie and Robert Johnson Andrew Jones Dee Dee and Jerome Jones Holly Jones and Bob Falls Jeanine and Russell Jones Jean Jordan Betty and John Joyner Ellen M. Kaczmarek and Gary B. MacPeek Kappa Kappa Iota Ann Karson Ron and Sharon Katz Patsy R. Keever Lucy and Gene Keil Carol Keith Susan Kettren and Barbara Ogle Mary Estelle King Pam and Rooney King Mary and Peter Kirchner Brigitte Knauf Linda Kooiker Mike and Sandi Krecioch Robert and Dianna LaBreck Land Of the Sky United Church of Christ Susan H. Laney Jean and Bruce Larson Janet C. Ledder John Link Marjorie and Don Locke Sue Lomenzo Susan Macdonald Beth Maczka Roberta and David Madden Janice and Bill Maddox Helen McClintock Sue and Raymond McClinton Carol and Hugh McCollum Patricia D. McDuffie Barbara and David McElroy Kim McGuire and Jim Samsel Joy and Robert McIver Ryan McMahon Eileen McMinn Kathy McPeters Manuel Medeiros Esther Megill Jim and Libby Mijanovich Julie Montanea Janet and Parker Moore Martha Moore Judy B. Morris Madeline and Merritt Moseley

Jennifer Mullendore and Josh Evans Jeanne Nagel Beverly Nivens Claudia and Michael Nix Margaret and Carl Obuchowski Helen O’Connor and Marc Nishino Paula F. O’Hara and Joseph Luna John and Sue Olesiuk Anna and Clark Olsen Janice Orson Timothy Owen Charlton L. Owens Kathleen Pacetti Pack’s Tavern Esther and Leonard Pardue Ellen Parks Hannah R. Parks Joy and Steve Pastucha Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Patrie Catherine Peck Amber Peterson Christie Posner and Andy Runkle Elizabeth Preyer Anna and Vinson Price Naomi Pullman David and Emily Quinn Shirley and Karl Quisenberry Angie Rainey Drs. Charlie and Don Reed Susan Reiser and Frank Patton Sue and Bob Reynolds Ellen Richardson Dianne Riggs Patricia Robertson and Curry First Brenda Robinson John Robinson Maria Roloff Katherine Rorison Ronesa Roswood Julia M. Roueche Bernie Rowell Sarah Rubin Tami Ruckman Cherry and Paul Saenger Ahira Sanchez-Lugo and Miguel Cruz Diane Sanders and Joann Lausier David and Hedy Sarbey Tony Sayer and Cynthia Smith Pegge and Frank Saylor Mr. and Mrs. Clarence F. Schmidt Jan Schwartz Cathy Scott and Philip Jamison Georgia M. Shannon Rep. Wilma Sherrill

The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Carolyn A. Shorkey and Milton Warden Susan Sihler Laura Simmelink Judy and James Slautich Ruth Slawson Dr. Penelope Smith and Dr. Margaret Bray Gordon and Rachael Smith Pat and Phil Smith Tom and Bonnie Spradling Dawn and Greg Starks Alberta E. Starnes Jeffrey Stillson and Sally Zimmerman Andrea L. Stolz Yvonne L. Stone Dana and Jana Stonestreet Laurie Stradley Phyllis Strupp Jewel and Matt Tavener Shirley Tenney and Paul Merriken Frances and Doug Thigpen Jeanne Tramm Ernestine Tuton Kimberly Tzakos Rebecca Upham and Grace Evins Senator Terry and Ted Van Duyn Willie Vincent Greg Vineyard Mercedes Volk Susanne and Greg Walker Wilson Susan and Richard Walton Rosalyn and Gary Wasserman Laura Webb and John Hoskins Michelle Webb Cindy Weeks CiCi and Randy Weston Mary Ann Wharton Judith and Michael Whelchel Shirley and Al Whitesides Charlene C. Wilkins Melissa Williams Dr. Wendy Willoughby Lauren and L. J. Wilson Robert and Deborah Wiltshire Pam and William Winkler Gwen Wisler Doug Campbell and Bernie Wolf Carol and John Wood Alida Woods Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel Lu Young L. Heather Yurgeles Eleanor Zitin Anonymous


Empowerment Circle ($1,000+) Memorial GIfts Barbara Benisch and Jacque Allen Anne Bonnyman Bart and Elaine Boyer Annie and Bob Cicale Michael and Libby de Caetani Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins Bridget and Richard Eckerd Paula and Sean Finneron Mr. William and Mrs. Ellen Gaddy Bernice and Arnold Green Sydney and Michael Green Marguerite Hamrick Leah Karpen Ann and Bob Lewis Montreat Conference Center Cathy and George Phillips Dr. Mary L. Powell Trinity Episcopal Church Rosalind Willis and Gregory J. Olson

Renee and Chad Conover In Memory of Raymond Lanman Roberta Eblen In Memory of Margie Eblen Leah R. Karpen In Memory of Grace Walker Ann and Bob Lewis In Memory of Laurey Masterton Cindy Weeks In memory of Laurey Masterton


Nancy Ackermann Cole Katharine Aldridge Rebecca Anderson Barbara Benisch Betsey P. Bent Susan Bicknell Honorarium Gifts Katherine Blackburn Chris Bell Lin Brown In Honor of Gaven and Kenzie Bell Robin L. Cape Circle of Mercy Congregation Susan Carmichael In Honor of Ken Schested and In Memory of Eloise Clark Glenda Schested Debra Cooper Dr. and Mrs. Cochran Pratt In Honor of Beth Maczka Joann Dare Carol and Bob Deutsch Carol S. Deutsch In Honor of Leah Karpen Jonathan A. Dudley Michael and Peggy Hester Jennie Eblen In Honor of Tim and Jeanie Deering Roberta Eblen Gloria Howard Free Frances S. Ellis In Honor of Mary Weaver Howard, Ollie McCool Sylvia E. Farrington Reynolds and Frances Marie Owens Anita Fletcher Heather Masterton David Gantt In Honor of Laurey Masterton Ileana Grams Matt and Molly Team Clementine W. Gregory In Honor of Pam King Geraldine Hahner Roberta and Robert Miller Mary Beth Herman In Honor of Liz Preyer David Jenkins David and Emily Quinn Leah R. Karpen In Honor of Carol, Kim, Charlton and Gary Ronald I. Katz Karen Serotta Mardi D. Letson In Honor of Leah Karpen Marjorie Locke Deanne and Bud Shuford Susan Macdonald In Honor of Jennie Eblen Manuel V. Medeiros Janet Smith Julie Montanea In Honor of Janet Moore Judy B. Morris Senator Terry and Ted Van Duyn In Honor of Jennie Eblen Madeline Moseley


The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

John Nichols Esther Pardue Mary S. Paterson Grace Pless Elizabeth Preyer Roberta G. Rice Ellen M. Richardson Sarah Rubin Margaret T. Saylor R. L. Schmidt Susan Sihler Pat S. Smith Alberta Starnes Tricia S. Thompson Sylvia H. Tillotson Senator Terry Van Duyn Susan M. Walton Alice A. Weldon

In-Kind Contributors

Alexandra and Patrick Scardo American Red Cross Angela and Scott Ogden Ann Baker Anna and Clark Olsen Annie and Bob Cicale April Harper Biltmore Estate Company Blackbird Framing Bloomin’ Art Blue Ridge Republican Women Bonne Kelly Bouchon CEG Electrical Christine Nicholson Connie Aridas Corner Kitchen Deborah Bryant Desiree Adaway Earth Fare Emily Walters and Jason Brian Empire Distributors Erna and Norman Earle Frankie Bones Restaurant and Lounge French Broad Chocolate Lounge Gudger’s Flowers Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Heather O. Hayes Ian Wilkinson Jaan Ferree Jan and Dennis King Janet and Parker Moore

A MotherLove Story: Learning to Take Care of a Baby – And Myself My name is Ahmarie. I’m 18 years old, and the mother of a beautiful 2 and half year old, Cain. I was going into my sophomore year at Erwin High School when I got pregnant. My mom was devastated. She told me: “Either you get an abortion or you leave my house.” So I left my mom’s house and moved in with my dad. I took with me the strong faith that my boyfriend and I were going to make it as a family. I started my sophomore year at Asheville High when I was 8 weeks pregnant, and I didn’t know anyone. I was uncomfortable at my dad’s house, and my relationship with my boyfriend was falling apart. I felt so alone and vulnerable. I had to find faith and strength in myself, and that’s what continued to pull me forward. My counselor at school introduced me to Holly, the YW’s MotherLove coordinator, very early in my pregnancy. MotherLove was there for me the whole time, and I grew with the program. Holly and the YWCA had me connected with a mentor, Sally Weldon, who I’m still really tight with. The YWCA and Holly helped me get a labor and delivery doula from Start From Seed, and they gave me a car seat to take Cain home from the hospital. They helped me work with my teachers to have everything I needed during my maternity leave so that I wouldn’t get too far behind in school. MotherLove helped me sign up for childcare vouchers, so when Cain was 6 months he got into the Asheville City Schools Preschool. Holly really gave me the expectation that I would apply for college. I knew I was smart enough and I believed in myself, but my GPA wasn’t too strong. Holly told me about A-B Tech and I’m now working towards an Associates degree, with a plan to transfer to a 4-year university. In 5 years I see myself out of college, and doing some kind of social work. I’m still involved with MotherLove. Along with a few other graduates of the program we meet with Holly and give her advice about what we thought helped us, or what should be different, and ideas for speakers. Without MotherLove I wouldn’t have finished high school. I wouldn’t have had the resources I needed—I wouldn’t have known where to begin to look. I wouldn’t have been as competent or confident in being a parent. I learned how to take care of a baby, and myself.

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One Morning at the YWCA... On our blog, www.ywcaofasheville.wordpress. com, we occasionally highlight all that is taking place within the building at any given time. Here is what was happening the morning of May 13, 2014. 1. Mr. Charlton, our security officer, and Pam at Guest Services are welcoming visitors with friendly smiles. 2. Beth Maczka, our CEO, is talking about transportation issues faced by YW staff and program participants to a group of guests and media, including Senator Terry Van Duyn, who are taking part in the Child Watch Tour, hosted by Children First/ CIS and the Junior League of Asheville. 3. Our Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program is having their support group meeting. 4. Some of the children in our Child Care Center are getting ready to eat lunch from our Rainbow In My Tummy kitchen. 5. While other children are playing in our natural learning playground.

4. All are welcome

6. A water aerobics class is underway in our solar-heated indoor pool.

to visit the YW…

7. And Club W member Sandra is getting ready for Restorative Yoga in our exercise studio.

what we’re up to,

see for yourself and how you can join in!


In-Kind Continued... Jay Fields Jen Pyne Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins Jennifer Mullendore and Josh Evans Jennifer Rennicks Jewel and Matt Tavener Joy Wilcox Judith Shuster Judy and John Scroggs Julie and Neil Gillespie Kathy E. Coco Kera Ouimette Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream Kim Hayes Lisa Marcy Margaret and Emily Coxie Mary Beth and Eli Herman Mela Melinda Hopkins Melissa Blair Meredith Jordan Michael Franco Michael Wray, Creative Cabinetry Mobilia Mr. & Mrs. Chandler Mutual Distributing Company Old Europe Pack’s Tavern Patti C. Stevens Pegge and Frank Saylor Robin and Nathan Ramsey Sandra Stambaugh Sarah and Christopher Dickson Sensibilities Natural Body Care & Day Spa Sherea Sisler Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Strada Italiano Sunny Point Cafe Tupelo Honey Cafe Wanda Lester Westville Pub

Fanny Landwirth Foundation Inc. Kathryn Conway Preyer Charitable Lead Unitrust Land-of-Sky Regional Council Mary Norris Preyer Foundation NC Center for Nonprofits and Nonprofit VOTE NC Department of Administration NC Department of Health and Human Services TD Bank Charitable Foundation The William H. and Frances O. Beattie Foundation Trinity Episcopal Church United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County Women for Women Fund YWCA USA


Campbell Shatley, PLLC David Gantt Law Offices Envision Eye Care O.D., P.A. Judy Futch Consulting, Inc. Laser Precision Cutting, Inc. Lewis Real Estate Samsel Architects Tupelo Honey Cafe Westville Pub

Community Partners

American Association of University Women Asheville - AAUW Art Studio Miami Advocate Sponsors Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement ($4,000+) - ABIPA Asheville Savings Bank Asheville City Preschool Asheville Citizen-Times & WNC Parent Asheville Tourists AVL Technologies Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College CarePartners Foundation Blue Cross & Blue Shield Duke Energy Progress Blue Ridge Republican Women HomeTrust Bank Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Webb Insurance Buncombe County Department of Social Services Buncombe County Health and Human Services Corporate Sponsors Children First/ CIS Community Action Opportunities ($2,000 - $3,999) Connections Speech and Language Therapy Bank of America Charitable Foundation Council on Aging of Buncombe County Biltmore Oil Co. & Eblen Short Stop Stores, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority First Citizens Bank Democracy NC Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Girl Scouts Keller Williams Professionals Realty Goodwill – Asheville Employment & Training Center Mission HealthCare Foundation Green Opportunities Omni Grove Park Inn Helpmate Housing Authority of the City of Asheville ($500 - $1,999) Land of Sky Regional Council Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn LEAF Community Arts Appalachian Restoration & Cleaning League of Women Voters Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Learning Tree Literacy Inc. Biltmore Iron & Metal Company, Inc. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Mission Hospital Pharmacy Resident Program Echoview Industries Mountain Area Health Education Center - MAHEC Genesis Alliance Mountain Child Care Connections Hoyle Office Solutions North Carolina Women United Foundations & Grants Ingles Markets, Inc. OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling Amy Mandel & Katina Rodis Fund Insurance Service of Asheville Our Voice Bank of America Foundation Pisgah Legal Services Buncombe County Dept. of Health & Human Services Leslie Anderson Consulting Inc. Matt and Molly Team Smart Start of Buncombe County Buncombe County Service Foundation New Morning, Ltd. Success Equation Cathedral of All Souls PSNC Energy Triple P Community Health and Benefit Program of Mission Silver-Line Plastics Corp. United Way of Asheville Buncombe County Hospital Women for Women UNC Asheville Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Duke Energy Foundation Western Carolina Rescue Ministries The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014


The DesignBuild team with School Age children

Holly Jones and Marietta Jones at the YW Child Care

A New Partnership and a New Outdoor Classroom

Marietta Jones and the Holly Jones Home Buyer Assistance Fund

The Asheville DesignBuild Studio, a program of the Asheville Design Center, offers students of all design disciplines an opportunity to significantly contribute to the design and delivery of a new community asset.

When Holly Jones retired as Executive Director of the YWCA in 2012 our Board created the YWCA Holly Jones Employee Home Buyer Assistance Fund to provide matching grants to YW employees who’d like to purchase their first home.

The DesignBuild team worked with the YWCA of Asheville during the summer of 2014 to enhance a long run of stairs and create an outdoor classroom space on the west end of the building.

Our first employee to successfully complete the requirements and purchase her first home is Marietta Jones, who has worked in childcare for 40 years, and at the YWCA’s Child Care Center for 9 years.

The design team engaged YWCA members and children, in addition to surrounding community members, to better inform their design process. Here’s what some of the children had to say about the project: “It’s going to be fun to listen to stories outside.” - Breaundra

Marietta first heard about the Holly Home Fund last year - and began saving $50 every month from her paycheck towards a down payment, as well as taking home-buying courses at On Track. Because of her participation in these requisites for the Holly Home Fund, the YWCA matched Marietta’s savings and contributed $2500 from the Fund towards her down payment and closing costs.

“They asked our opinion about what we thought should be out there, and we got to make up designs for the fence. I think it’s really cool.” - Kennedy

Marietta and her husband, Joe, moved to Asheville in 2005 after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. Joe, who is now a police sargeant at UNC Asheville, was in the military for 18 years.

“[The stair covering] is a good idea because when it’s raining we won’t get wet.” - Maurice

Marietta says: “We lived in so many houses over the 18 years he was in the military, but never owned a home. It’s been my lifelong dream to own my home. My parents didn’t own a house, and Joe’s parents didn’t own a house. To be given the opportunity to do it is a blessing. My dream is finally coming true.”

Thanks to the in-kind donors for this project, whose contributions amounted to more than $90,000: The Asheville Design Center; 84 Lumber; Sherwin Williams; Triad Metal Roofing; KB Industries; Mobile Mini; The Home Depot; and Asheville Bolt & Screw.


The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

2013-2014 Finances REVENUE — Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 United Way Government Grants Contributions and Grants Program Service Fees Other Income

$221,367 (8%) $232,862 (8%) $296,542 (10%) $1,853,927 (65%) $249,020 (9%)



EXPENDITURES — Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 Community Services Health and Fitness Children’s Programs Management and General Fundraising

$277,826 (9%) $933,737 (31%) $1,388,166 (46%) $272,929 (9%) $115,776 (4%)



For further information on the financial data, visit www.ywcaofavl.org to view the Form 990 for the year ending June 30, 2014

Empower Hour Tours Empower Hour is a one-hour program and tour where guests may experience firsthand the YWCA’s work and mission. “The stories were powerful examples of how the YWCA is involved in supporting, educating and progressing the community. I didn’t realize all of the different programs existed! They were all powerful. At times, I was holding back tears.” “You all did an amazing job of putting community visitors in the seat of the people you serve. The stories were definitely moving and inspiring, as well as encouraging of motivated action to support your work!” I really appreciated hearing the stories because they were so motivational, and my respect for the YWCA is tremendous! Now I want to be a member of the Club W so that I can give back to the programs at the YWCA.” Please join us for an Empower Hour Tour! Call 254-7206 x 207 for more information.

The YWCA of Asheville | July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014


In 1956, Eleanor Roosevelt was invited to speak in Asheville, but she would only agree to come if she could speak to an integrated audience. The YWCA was the only organization in Asheville that would sponsor the event. We are proud to say she spoke to a standing room only crowd of 800 people that day. It seemed only fitting that we would honor this brave visionary woman by creating the Eleanor Roosevelt Giving Society to recognize those individuals who give $1,000 or more annually and pledge to do that every year for five years. These gifts and pledges mean that the YWCA can plan with confidence as we work to touch more lives. “I have been a long time donor to the YWCA because I greatly value its history of impact in this community, its current programs that continue to evolve with community needs, and its bold mission to ‘empower women and eliminate racism.’ I recently joined others in the new Eleanor Roosevelt Giving Society. I understand that this 5 year donor commitment will help sustain the YWCA’s important work and, like Eleanor Roosevelt, I want to champion social justice issues in my community!” - Jennie Eblen

Melvin Allen and Gerry Leonard


“We are business owners in the South French Broad neighborhood, and have supported the YWCA for many years. We decided to increase our giving this year because we see the results of the YW’s vibrant community involvement. We know people whose lives have been changed by the MotherLove program and the Diabetes Wellness program. We benefit every week from the fitness classes and facilities. We are invited into political action and empowerment that create changes at systemic levels. So when we were asked to join others in the Eleanor Roosevelt Giving Society to keep this good work growing, it was a clear Yes!” - Jeanine and Russell Siler Jones “Our first involvement with the YWCA was with our children’s swimming lessons, beginning when they were infants over 20 years ago. I later had the opportunity to work on the design of the building renovation and expansion. And as members of the larger community we have seen the impact that the YWCA has on individuals’ lives and as an advocate for positive programs and policies. We support the YWCA because you take the best of our human instincts and translate them into positive action. We appreciate the way the YWCA brings together Asheville’s diverse fabric to build a more united community.” - Jerome Hay and Judy Beck

Founding Members: Desiree Adaway Becky Anderson Judy Beck and Jerome Hay Barbara Benisch and Jacque Allen Emoke B’Racz and Gail Addis Esther Cartwright Lyndia Roland Chiles Darilyn Dealy Jennie Eblen Judy Futch and Paul Smith Futch Family Foundation Veronika Gunter Clementine Gregory Theresa and Gary Landwirth Sue Lomenzo Heather Lyons Beth Maczka Mr. and Mrs. William W. Mance, Jr. Kendall Wright Oliver Cathy and George Phillips Maria Roloff Betsey and Mitch Russell Don Russell Russell and Jeanine Siler Jones Maggie Smith Andrea L. Stolz Jana and Dana Stonestreet Senator Terry and Ted Van Duyn Lu Young Two Anonymous Donors

Our Legacy Society is named for Thelma Caldwell, the visionary and courageous Executive Director of the YWCA of Asheville in 1964 when the African-American and White branches merged. She was the first African-American Executive Director in the South and only the second in the United States. We dedicate this Society to the members of the YWCA Booster Club. These courageous women, both African-American and White, came together in 1976 to supplement the efforts of the YW’s Board of Directors, and to support the efforts of Ollie Reynolds, the first AfricanAmerican Board President of the recently integrated YWCA. Thank you to the following members of the E. Thelma Caldwell Legacy Society. Their planned gifts will allow us to build on the YWCA’s rich legacy in Asheville.

Barbara Benisch Emily S. Boyce Theresa Chalfant Erna and Norman Earle Judy Futch and Paul Smith Janirve Foundation Leah R. Karpen Pamela C. King Martha June Lamb

Marjorie Myles Locke Sue Lomenzo Beth Maczka Liz Preyer Mary Ruth Ritter Carolyn Shorkey and Milton Warden Andrea L. Stolz Two Anonymous Donors

“I made a legacy gift because I want what I have achieved in this lifetime to enhance my community, and I want to know that what I leave behind will assist someone in some way to achieve a dream, to succeed, to reach a goal or have a better life. I think we all want to leave a fragment or a memory of ourselves, and what better way to do that than to help women achieve and to improve our community.” - Andrea Stolz (Staff Member)

Thelma Caldwell

“The YW has been improving people’s lives and building community for over 100 years. My legacy gift will help that continue. We can’t anticipate what challenges women, children and families will face in the future, but we can make sure that the YW is here to help.” - Barbara Benisch (Board Member) “I think that the YWCA is the best organization in Asheville to promote and carry out what I believe in: empowering women, working with children, promoting good health and racial equality. We therefore decided to include the YWCA in our will.” - Erna Earle (YWCA Booster)

Joyce Thornburg and Pearl Kyles


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