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Review for Young Women's Christian Assn. of El Paso Texas YWCA, El Paso, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a volunteer at the TLC and a board member of the YWCA, I have seen first-hand the impact that it has had on many of its participants. One of the program's graduates is now on the board of directors of the YWCA, and she credits the TLC with turning her life around. Another woman I was privileged to meet was able to escape an abusive husband and start her life over again with her 2 children, who still think of the TLC as one of the most nurturing places they have ever lived.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way for it to serve even more women and children

Role:  Volunteer & I serve on the advisory committee of the TLC and have volunteered in many capacities for several years.