Well My Name Is Amaris Chaparro im bearly 16 years old going to 17 and yes its true iv'e rather spend my afternoons helping others than just messing around watching tv or unimportant stuff. Well My experience has been wonderful, seeing those kids actually happy aside from what their home situations might be is something out of this world. So Every tuesday and thursdsay i march my was down to the center to find a good amount of kids attending. Accompanied by 3 other ladies we take care of them while their moms are at center meetings. Everyother week we have bears, where another group of volunteers read to them. Aside from that we do crafts with them. Laura my leader ha kind of what i consider my "boss" makes everything organized and tries making the crafts as educational as possible so the kids have fun while learning. Also she strongly disagrees with any form of violence and strong words. She tells kids about right and wrongs. As for kids who are acting up, she simply has a conversation with them explaing why it was wrong hitting that little boy or girl or why their actions where not appropiate. Its an awesome experience! :D I love it, and iv'e comed to really enjoy my afternoons there. The Kids have are really cute and well they seem to be having fun.
I had came back into El Paso from Chicago. I was bouncing from friend to friend's house and I even slept in my car pregnant with my three girls ages 9,6, and 4. I first heard about the YWCA TLC from my sister who had been a participant at the shelter before. When I first applied one obstacle was in my way, an outstanding warrant that I was not aware of. I was informed of the warrant by the staff at the YWCA TLC. I first procrastinated in getting it resolved but knowing that the warrant was keeping me from getting into the program I decided to go to the sheriff department. After going throught that process I returned to the YWCA TLC to update my information and my application. I was then accepted into the program. I have been a participant in the program since May 2010. I have participated in the Life Skills classes, attend case management, and parenting classes, consumer credit counseling session. Day care as been provided to me as well as a participant in the program. My children participate in the YZones activities, girls scout, and tutoring that is available at the YWCA TLC. Since being here at the YWCA TLC I have found that I am more motivated and a clearer mind in regards what I want to do with my life.
Not only am I on the advisory board, but I have also volunteered with the children who reside at the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center (TLC). What I have noticed with these children is that they seem to act more grown up than they are. I believe the lack of stability having been homeless has robbed them of their childhood innocence and potentially predisposed them to unstable futures when they are adults. Having a home to call their own and a community where people accept them and make them feel welcomed and important seems to give them back some of their security and innocence. The support and services provided to the women of the TLC to help them find a stable future and to learn how to be self-sufficient go far beyond the goals of keeping them off the streets in the future. They are very likely impacting the children in such positive ways that may prevent future generations of homelessness. To see not only the mothers, but also the children developing self-esteem and confidence is amazing. Being able to be a part of the YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center is a blessing.
As one of the volunteers at the YWCA TLC I have witnessed first hand the positive impact that the programs at the TLC have had on women and their children. The staff is very professional and caring. Recently the YWCA TLC has begun a scouting program and I have heard the mothers of the children that are participating in that program say how much of a positive impact this program has had on their child. Keep up the good work TLC.
I was left totally alone after my one contact and source of living here in El Paso passed away. A friend referred me to the TLC and I was warmly welcomed and sent on a wonderful healing journey. My case worker has helped me to overcome a deep depression and has helped me to feel that even at age 75 there are goals to keep. My English skills have improved greatly and I now feel strong and independent enough to be on my own. I am terribly greatful to all of the staff at the TLC for their wonderful support.
I was lucky enough to participate in this years (2010) Halloween celebration at the Sara McKnight TLC in El Paso. I helped prepare a cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers for the participants. The families of Women and their children turned out to be a rewarding experience for me. Many of the children were happy to have a positive social experience. Being one of the few males at this event surprised me because of the attention I was given. I understand the positive male in the participants current situation is lacking. It was fun to see happy faces as these families watched a movie and had ice cream or popcorn as treats.
The YWCA's Transitional Living Center (TLC) served 226 participants the past fiscal year that just ended, and currently we are helping 141 homeless women and children regain their dignity and work toward a secure income and permanent housing. By setting personal goals regarding self-sufficiency, education, employment and housing, participants are escaping homelessness and building new lives. Children’s programs were given a tremendous boost this past year with literacy programming, health and wellness programs, tutoring, and more. The women at the TLC were able to “jump start” their earning potential by having ESL (English Second Language) and GED (high school equivalency) preparation on site. Some were able to attend/complete college. With homelessness reaching a critical point in our region for families, the YWCA TLC plays a major role in assuring solutions are in place for homeless women with or without children. The YWCA TLC is the largest regional transitional living situation for homeless women and children.
My personal experience with the TLC is great. I love being able to help the childern's and their mothers. I love the staff they are really helpful and fun to be around. The first day they made me feel warm and welcome.
This organization has a HUGE imopact on children. It provides a sense of normalcy, when everything else has been tough. I have seen how the children are better able to interact and feel ike thy fit in with other children of their age groups.
The Transitional Living Center of the El Paso YWCA is doing yeoman's service in the field of homelessness. Currently housing about 141 women and children, it restores hope and dignity to women who often have nowhere to turn. In addition to helping women secure their future by providing English and GED classes, the TLC guides women back to school or work and ensures their stability before encouraging them to move into their own housing. This year, the children got special attention through new Scouting programs, a reading and tutoring service and a focused health/fitness plan.