YWCA St. Paul is proud to celebrate our 2020 Change maker Honoree: Representative Rena Moran
Representative Rena Moran is the Chair of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2010, Rep. Rena Moran became the first African American to represent District 65A. She represents the St. Paul communities of Rondo, Frogtown, Summit-University, Thomas-Dale, Midway, a portion of the North End, and Cathedral Hill.
As a legislator, she has focused on protecting children in the child welfare system, strengthening schools, reducing educational disparities, and fighting for affordable housing, women’s rights, and economic opportunity for all.
Rep. Moran formerly served as House Deputy Minority Leader and is the current Chair of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and the United Black Legislative Caucus. On a national level, Moran serves as Executive Secretary of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), Midwest Region Coordinator for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL), and as the Minnesota State Director for both the Women Legislators’ Lobby (WILL) and the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). She is a proud mother of seven and grandmother of eight.
YWCA St. Paul has been working for racial and gender equity for more than 110 years.
Our programs advance racial equity by helping low-income individuals and families—especially women and youth of color—overcome barriers to access and achieve success in areas characterized by significant racial disparities.
In 2018, our social services programs served more than 1,000 families.
Nearly all (97%) were categorized as low-income and 94% of these individuals were people of color. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of our participants were female.
2019 Program Honoree: claudia
After completing YWCA St. Paul’s Transitional Housing Program, Claudia’s goals led her back to YWCA St. Paul’s employment services. As a participant in YW Works, she gained the skills and confidence she needed to secure meaningful employment at a job she enjoys. Claudia now shines for her children, and for herself.
Sweet Success is an annual celebration and fundraiser. The event includes an awards ceremony and inspiring stories of hope, perseverance, and ultimately, sweet success. A social hour will precede the event, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar (no credit/debit).
The official event parking is Anderson Parking Facility, located on the corner of Cretin and Grand Avenue, just a 5-minute walk from the event hall.
After parking, walk North on Cretin Avenue South for one block. Once you’ve crossed over Summit Avenue, take the path on your right towards Anderson Student Center. The event is held on the third floor of Anderson Student Center, in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall.
For alternative parking needs, please contact Michelle Daniel at 651-265-0722 for information.
2019 Program Honoree: PETE
A fierce competitor his whole life, when Pete ran into health issues in his 80s, he showed that lifelong fitness is its own reward. His membership of the Masters swim team at YWCA St. Paul’s Health & Fitness Center helped him to recover from a heart condition and get back to the breaking records in the pool.
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