Since 2019, YWCA Lancaster has had the honor of partnering with Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Services to provide court-mandated support to parents looking to reunite with their children. Through budget shortfalls, a global pandemic and the structural inequities it exacerbated and more, the dedicated professionals of the Parent Empowerment Program continued to go the extra mile for their clients: following the person-centered care that is vital to ensuring all families can thrive. Throughout its time here, the Parent Empowerment Program has supported more than 500 families in their journey towards remaining intact or being reunited. In the previous year alone, 73 families successfully completed the court-mandated program.
Late last month, YWCA Lancaster learned that the contract for this program has been awarded to another agency moving forward. We are deeply saddened to lose these committed team members, and the decision is no reflection on the quality of work and care that they have provided through their time at YWCA Lancaster. We are working closely with the new agency to ensure that above all, the experience for clients remains uninterrupted and they experience as little uncertainty and confusion as possible.
Since its founding in 1889, YWCA Lancaster has served women, children, and families across Lancaster County. Through generations of social change and progress, we have remained steadfast in responding to emergent community needs, from providing affordable, safe housing, to quality childcare, to the work of helping families stay intact. Our work will continue, as our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women is more important than ever. We are grateful for the community’s trust in this work, for the Parent Empowerment Program team, and for your continued dedication to building a just future in Lancaster County and beyond.
At YWCA Lancaster, our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women is more vital than ever. We’re thankful to have an incredible community behind us–from organizations to corporations, individuals to elected officials from all parties– who want to join together to meet our mission!
We are proud to update our community on some important recent investments in our programming: these grants, donations, and contract renewals help us to continue to meet the needs Lancaster County, in all parts of the county, and in so many areas of residents’ lives. Whether it’s childcare, counseling, career development, parent empowerment, or community building, YWCA Lancaster is proud to join with you in promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
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Trust in our community, trust from our community
With support from the Lancaster County government, as well as community partners both nonprofit and corporate, we’re proud to announce some recent new and continued investment in YWCA Lancaster:
Every contract with Lancaster County has been renewed for 2022-3, an investment totaling more than half a million dollars
YWCA Lancaster received funding from the Lancaster County Community Foundation to support the re-launch of the Black Artist Waystation, and the Touchstone Foundation for Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center curricula
- Black Artist Waystation was conceived to increase the visibility and support of Black Artists in the Lancaster community. Through the program, our aim is to be a catalyst for artists who create works that define the movement toward freedom and recognize the many efforts that brought us to this moment. Details about the 2022-3 program will be available soon!
- We’re also partnering with the Touchstone Foundation to implement the Healthy Relationship Project: a researched-based, trauma-informed, and age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention curriculum created by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont!
Until Our Mission is Met
The mission of YWCA Lancaster has not changed since the 70’s and remains, to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. We’re proud to partner with community members, elected officials, leaders, organizations, and businesses to help make that mission a reality.
Since 1889, since before women had the right to vote, since before the equal rights for Black Americans were codified, and through two global pandemics we have remained steadfast in our service to community. We have been in this community for more than 130 years, and continually adapt to meet community needs until our mission is met.