Dear YWCA St. Paul Friends & Family,
I like to tell people we’re ‘on a mission’ here at YWCA St. Paul. We’re focused on fighting racism, gender inequity, homelessness, and employment and educational disparities. We also help people meet their health and wellness goals.
In any year, those are challenging issues. But I think most would agree that this has been an exceptionally hard year.
A pandemic. A global uprising for racial justice. Economic upheaval that has led to lost jobs, homes and stability across the country. These challenges have impacted all of us and the people served by YWCA St. Paul have been especially hard hit.
In the face of these unprecedented challenges, we have done what we have always done—we have been there to meet the needs of the growing number of women and families who need us most. We have brought people together to join in difficult conversations; conversations that lead to change. And we have shared information that enlightens and empowers our community.
Helping our neighbors find jobs, stable housing and academic success, while maintaining health and wellness, has never been more important. And helping our community come together to address racism and work for racial justice has gained special urgency.
Despite all the turbulence and pain, I’m sustained by the tremendous generosity of our supporters. Your support of YWCA St. Paul has enabled us to fight the twin crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism, while we also continue to provide life-changing services to those who need them most. Your support allows us to be flexible and responsive to new community needs as they emerge. I hope this report will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on all those who have been impacted by your generosity.
Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who support our work to eliminate racism, empower women and create a thriving, equitable community for all. You make our work possible, and we deeply appreciate your partnership.
Gaye Adams Massey
CEO, YWCA St. Paul