Join us on Saturday, April 17th at 6:00 PM for an inspiring and empowering evening of art, honor, and storytelling. While the event may look a little different this year as we transition from an in-person event to an interactive, virtual event, our mission remains 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.
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.
Admission to the virtual event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged as every dollar raised goes back to providing shelter, safety, and support to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking in Shawnee, Jackson, Wabaunsee and Brown counties. Live auction art pieces will go live for bidding during the event on Saturday, April 17th.