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December 2019



3   Michelle Hameed
8   David Sullivan
14   Samanta Devkota
17   Milita Wyche
17   Ontayya Zachary
21   Breona Cunningham
22   Christopher Collins
24   Barbara Freeman
27   Roy McClelland Jr.
27   Monica Harris
30   Stevi Chiles
31   Clyde Watson
31   Vanessa Green


This month’s anniversary spotlight


Jennifer Odiri
Sonya Todd

Christie Angel
Debbie Locklear-Oglesby


Custodial Technician

Edward Ford

Child Care Assistants

Lisa Buie-Collard
Collin Combs

Women’s Residency Service Coordinators

Symone Taylor
Madeline Frechette



Our 2019 Annual Meeting was a Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on Wednesday! A special shout out was given to Stevi Chiles, Lauren James and Loren Martin who will be receiving the YWCA Columbus Excellence in Services Award! Each person will be further recognized at the Staff Holiday Party for consistently going ‘the extra mile’ when helping serve our community. We appreciate everything you do Stevi, Lauren and Loren! Be there December 19th.


YWCA Columbus Receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

By now, hopefully you’ve heard that YWCA Columbus received a $2.5 million grant from Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 Families Fund to help address family homelessness. This is a one-time grant awarded to organizations moving the needle on family homelessness. The link to the announcement and information about the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund can be found here. YWCA program and Family Center staff: Jillian Olinger, Christina Phalen, Sonya Todd and Adrienne Lee Garland deserve much of the credit for making this grant become a reality as they put together a terrific proposal.  Please congratulate them on their excellent work!!


Update Your Email Signature For The Giving Season!

Please support our fundraising efforts this holiday season by updating your email signature. Just copy and paste the following image into your email signature (after your contact information and before the YWCA Columbus logo).


The 2020 YWCA Women of Achievement Have Been Announced

Click here to meet the six women being inducted into the Women of Achievement Academy.


Kids Place Site Directors of the Month


Christina Reed, Wilder Elementary
Rene Call,  Mark Twain Elementary
Both ladies worked really hard on cleaning out and reorganizing the Full Day closet.


Jamie Randle, Peace Lutheran Kids Place
Jamie won for her amazing Lights On Afterschool event that was featured in last month’s newsletter. We are so proud of her site, staff, and students’ amazing work at the event!

Sites Receive One Star Step Up Quality Awards


High Point Elementary (Director Oriana Brenzo)
Chapelfield Elementary (Director Loren Martin)


Robert Frost Elementary (Director Anne Cronin)

Good work everyone!