What the YWCA does and Tips on how you can help!
Be sure to check out our most recent installment of The Community Spotlight. In our last post, we learned a lot about Ms. Kathryn Cooke and her drive for the community. In this blog post we will discuss things that the YWCA does all the time for the community and somethings we weren’t aware of.
The men’s peer support group is something we were excited to hear about. The YWCA does hold a support group on the first and third Wednesday of every month. This is amazing because many men don’t feel as if they have a place to go to speak about the situations they have encountered, whether it be domestic violence, sexual harassment, and so on. This forces them to walk around with all of the emotions that harvest inside someone after a traumatic experience. Being able to talk in a safe space is one of the best remedies that can help the healing process. We commend the YWCA for sticking up for male survivors as well. As an unintended consequence of traditional expectations of masculinity, it seems like sometimes in society it is forgotten that men are also victims of sexual assault. All survivors are important. The domestic violence support group and sexual assault groups meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also, any adult, new or returning are welcome. 757-625-4248 is their number to call for information and meeting locations for these support groups. Support for teens is handled separately with their guardian’s permission.
In addition to the support groups, the YWCA offers appointment-based counseling as well. These are tools that can also accompany you through the process of pressing charges following an incident, but the YWCA is very persistent when it comes to doing what the victim wants. Even though a lot want to press charges, the YWCA understands that some just need a shoulder to lean on. So, if you are reading this and you are a survivor, know that pressing charges is a great option and they can help you with that, but also, if you just someone to talk to, they have no problem with helping you that way.
Ms. Kathryn Cooke also informed us about the volunteer and intern opportunities. This is a great way for anyone, especially college students, to gain hands-on experience. The work force nowadays requires that applicants have experience coming out of college, but if you don’t have a job you can’t get that experience. The YWCA volunteer and intern opportunities give many options of how to help from the front desk to cooking for shelters. Even though they don’t pay, the experience, college credit, and recommendation letters you can get are more rewarding towards your career and extend your resume. In order to be eligible you must be 18 years or older and be open to a background check. You can apply at ywca-shr.org/intern.
Hopefully, we’ve provided information that you will find useful in your own journeys. There are many more opportunities that the YWCA will be announcing throughout the year, so please keep a look out for them. Reach out if you, or someone you know, wants to give back to your community or needs help.