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Thank you to everyone who made our 2021 Concealed Revealed Art Auction a success! With your donations of art and funds, we met our goal of over $25,000 raised to support the crucial work of the Center for Safety and Empowerment. This money will provide shelter, safety, and support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking in Shawnee, Jackson, Wabaunsee and Brown counties.

The event on April 17 was an inspiring and empowering evening of art, honor, and storytelling. While the event looked a little different this year as an interactive, virtual event, our mission remained the same: to uplift survivors, honor resiliency. celebrate strength, instill hope, and support our work providing shelter, safety, and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking in our Center for Safety and Empowerment.

Were you unable to attend the 2021 event live? We’ve got you covered! Click below to watch the entire video through our Facebook page.

We thanked and honored two volunteers, Patricia Millard as the Outstanding Volunteer, and Erin Snethen as the Advocacy through Art volunteer. The program also featured a powerful testimony from Phelica Glass, survivor and advocate, who told her story of childhood abuse.

“Oftentimes as survivors of sexual assault, physical violence, emotional violence, we feel silenced. Like our voice doesn’t matter. We’re no longer empowered to be great. But the work that is done every day by the staff and volunteers of the YWCA is with a great purpose, which is to empower, to make loud, to entertain your own grace. Grace was given to me that day, and I say to each and every one of you: Be loud, be boisterous, be the change agent. Because it’s your story that will empower the next person to tell their story.” -Phelica Glass

 

While the last year was full of challenges for survivor services, we knew that the need for shelter, safety, and counseling throughout the pandemic would remain an urgent and crucial need in our community. YWCA rose to the challenge and provided direct services to 1,420 clients, and crisis hotline services to an additional 1,967 individual clients. We provided adapted safe shelter with the addition of 10 apartment units for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. In addition, we provided community education and professional training to another 7,058 people. This was a 68% increase in the number of people reached in 2019.

We look forward to another inspiring and empowering event next year!