I have had the opportunity to work in Friends of Yates for over a year now as a Spanish interpreter and translator. In this time I have had the opportunity to learn about the vital role which this organization has had in this community for many years. The fact that the organization has sought to have someone like me come on board reflects their desire to continously reach out to help people from many different backgrounds, in my case working directly with Spanish-speakers.
Friends of Yates, Inc. has been a vital part of the community for many years. My children attended summer youth camps at the Center when they were young. I left them each day feeling confident that they were in good hands. The many services that Friends of Yates has provided for the community makes them more than a "service" agency. Friends of Yates is family...Community family.
FOY has served Wyandotte County for many years now, and we hope to further strengthen our presence in the community. Everyone here has a strong passion for social justice and progression. Along with responsibilities at the shelter with our clients who reside here, we also have a responsibility to the community. I am constantly collaborating with KCKPD and the Wyandotte County Court System. I act as an advocate at the shelter, and the victim advocate at the Wyandotte County District and Municipal Courts. Other advocates at FOY are also very involved with collaborating with other members and groups in the community to spread our services across the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
I have worked with Friends of Yates for almost 12 years. I have been an advocate for domestic violence victims for more years. I know FOY to be a great advocacy agency for victims of domestice violence, offering services beyond shelter to help victims become survivors and able to go into the community and live normal lives without the abuser. Support for young people has always been a part of their mission and they have initiated many new programs which reach out to many people in our community. The group of people who work with and for FOY are from many ethnic/race groups - very diverse. I continue to work with them because I work with victims each & every day.