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YWCA Dayton Opens New Branch In Huber Heights

YWCA Dayton President and CEO Shannon Isom speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Huber Heights Campus.
YWCA Dayton
YWCA Dayton President and CEO Shannon Isom speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Huber Heights Campus.

The YWCA Dayton has opened a new campus in Huber Heights. The expansion comes as the organization celebrates its 151 years helping local communities in the Miami Valley.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations experienced unprecedented challenges in maintaining services for their clients. But Audrey Starr with YWCA Dayton says tough times are nothing new for her organization.

“One of the things that really helped carry us through is being able to look back at that history and that legacy and recognize that this is not the first pandemic that YWCA Dayton has had to experience in one hundred and fifty one years,” she says. "We have never stopped, never had to close our doors."

YWCA Dayton says they respond to about 7,000 calls a year from people asking for help. The organization runs a domestic violence shelter and a rape crisis center, and they provide affordable housing and support services for women and families.

In this anniversary year, they’re also expanding their services for teens, and their educational outreach programs for girls. And the YWCA is now starting a violence prevention program for boys and men.

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