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.
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 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.
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.
When supporters of the YWCA in El Paso, TX learned that women had been sleeping in their cars in the parking lots of the Y's branch facilities because they had no place to live, they became determined to build a transitional living center for homeless women and children. Today, the TLC is home to over 250 participants, women and children who are regaining their dignity and working toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Through job training, educational completion, tutoring, wellness programs, parenting classes and more, the TLC is assisting women and their families by giving them a "hand up", not a "hand out". It has grown to become the largest transitional living center in the El Paso, TX region.