"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Friday, June 19, 2009

YWCA of St. Joseph County Wish List

The YWCA serves women and children that are victim's of Domestic Violence, Chemically Dependant, and living in our Transitional and Permanent Housing programs. Most of our clients are young single moms that enter the shelter with nothing but their kids and the clothes on their backs.

Current YWCA Wish List

Due to Indiana Health Laws, we cannot accept used Stuffed Animals

Food Related: Canned & Boxed Foods of all kinds, Non-Perishable items, Food Storage Containers, metal teaspoons, plastic forks/knives, Plastic bowls/cups, Juice, Cereal

Personal Care Products: Deodarant, Conditioner, Lotions, Shower gels, Hand Sanitizer, Combs, Toothbrushes (adult and children), Toothpaste (small and large), Disposal razors, Kleenex, Feminine Care products, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper

Infant Care: Baby bottles, Disposable Diapers (all sizes), Baby Wipes, Baby Shampoo, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder, Baby Food and formula, Sippy Cups, Baby monitors, Strollers, Toddler and Preschool Car Seats

Over the Counter Medicines and First-Aid: Aspirin, Tylenol, Midol, Advil, Tums, Pepto-Bismol, Non-Alcohol Cold medicines, First Aid tape

Household Items: Shower curtains, Wash Cloths, Towels, Crib sheets, Twin-Sized Blankets and Sheets, Bed Pillows, Elevated toilet seats, Space Bags for storage, Laundry Detergent, Small Alarm Clocks, Microwave Ovens, Small Kitchen Appliances.

Clothing: Plus Sized Women, Baby Clothes
Miscellaneous Items: Pre-paid Phone Cards, Bus Passes, Wheel Chairs, Office Supplies, Blank Journals, Reading Glasses, Luggage, Heavy Duty Snow Blower, Leaf Blower, Drill Dress, Gas Fryer, Heat Lamp for Kitchen, Commericial Washers and Dryers

Almost anything you use in your household is needed at the YWCA.
Items can be delivered to the front desk between 8-5 Monday through Thursday and 8-2 on Friday.
YWCA of St. Joe County
1102 S. Fellows
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone Number: 574-233-9491
Crisis Line: 574-232-9558

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Domestic violence cases up during recession

Posted: 6:19 PM Jun 17, 2009
Last Updated: 6:33 PM Jun 17, 2009
Reporter: Stephanie Stang
Email Address: stephanie.stang@wndu.com

It's a sad by-product of the slumping economy.

Domestic violence is on the rise across the nation and in Michiana.

In St. Joseph County, the number of domestic violence cases spiked last year when the recession hit.

The St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit recorded roughly one hundred more domestic violence battery cases in 2008 compared to 2009 from January to May.

At the YWCA in South Bend they are slightly over capacity right now but won't turn away women and children in need.

Experts say although the economy doesn't create violence it can be a trigger during an existing cycle.

“For men that are prone to batter, it’s a convenient excuse… that they would have never beaten her up, but for the fact that they lost their job,” explains Y.W.C.A. Executive Director Linda Baechle.

Experts also say victims may have fewer resources to leave an abusive situation when there's a slow down in the economy. They may not have a job or the money to find another place to live.

Recently the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County started weekly informational sessions during the noon lunch hour. Anyone can stop by and ask questions about the center and domestic violence.

The meetings are every Monday from noon to one. The center is at 711 Colfax Avenue in South Bend.

For more information call (574) 234-6900.