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September 2019

A message from our Executive Director...

Dear Friend,

8a3fad9a-11d5-416b-8759-a95d2dcaa38d-original.jpegWe work every day to carry out our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, so when we were notified by the Armenian National Committee of America that we were to be honored with the Maria Jacobsen Humanitarian Award, we were truly moved. Special thanks to Shant Sahakian, Glendale Unified School Board Member, for presenting the award! YWCA Glendale is proud to be in the company of that evening's honorees, Archpriest Fr. Vazken Atmajian, Armenian Youth Association of California, Asbarez Daily Newspaper, Lena Kortoshian and Nicholetta Sarkissian. 

In keeping with YWCA's purpose to ensure the health, safety, and economic empowerment of women, children and families, and to break the cycle of domestic violence, we have planned several events at YWCA Glendale. I invite you and your friends to take part! Please scroll through this newsletter for more information on how to participate.

Thursday, 9/19    Estate Planning Seminar with LynkLaw           

Thursday, 10/3 Candlelight Vigil and Purple Tie Awards                

Thursday, 10/17 Moms Demand Action – Gun Safety                  

Thursday, 11/7  EmpowHER Women's Leadership and Networking Brunch (to be held at Glendale Central Library)   

I hope you'll also take a moment to read about longtime YWCA supporter and former Board President, Susan Hunt, and inspiring volunteer, Michelle Schott, who's offering a very unique workshop to support survivors of domestic violence. I have every confidence you'll be just as inspired as I am by these women.

We are so grateful to have such an amazing community of support. Thank you for all you do for women, girls and families in our community.


Tara Peterson
Executive Director
YWCA Glendale

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September Donor Spotlight: Susan Hunt

1. What first drew you to give to YWCA Glendale?

I had a short term job with the Glendale Youth Coalition recruiting and training community volunteers, and my office was at the YWCA... one morning I came to work and sitting on the stairs was a young woman with a 2 year-old daughter and several trash bags full of her belongings, waiting for a ride to Sunrise Emergency Shelter.  I knew from that moment on that the YWCA of Glendale was a place I needed to focus on and give some energy to.

Susan_Hunt.jpg2. What are you passionate about?

I decided years ago to focus my volunteer time on women and children.  There are many worthy causes out there...animals, the arts, the disabled, veterans, etc. but life became easier when I narrowed it down to women and children!

3. Who are some of your favorite influential women in history?

Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Madame Curie, there are so many!  My theme when president of Soroptimist International of Glendale was "Women in History!" 

4. What was the last book you read?

"Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens... I highly recommend this book about a most unusual young woman! 

5. Do you have any pets?

I have always had dogs... and now my daughter's two dogs are keeping me busy! 

6. What is your favorite place in Southern California?

Does Santa Barbara count as Southern California?  I went to UCSB, have friends and my son's family is there! 

7. What do you regret not doing in the last year?

I don't spend much time on regrets.... but probably I regret not calling my house painter to touch up a couple of places outside... because now they have gotten bigger.... 

8. What is your guilty pleasure?

Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate...

9. Where did you grow up and what were you like as a child?

I grew up in Flintridge...just over the hill from where I am now.  My parents built the house in 1950 and my mom sold it in 2012!  I loved to play outside, ride my bike and play dress-up with friends.

10. What would you like to pass on to future generations?

My advice would be to find your focus, then really dive in to it.  Don't be afraid to step up.



Save the Date: Nov. 7 - EmpowHER Women's Leadership and Networking Brunch

Look for an email and social media announcements with more information coming soon! 

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Join Us on Oct. 3 for Candlelight Vigil and Purple Tie Awards

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YWCA Glendale and the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women invite you to the

“Take A Stand” Candlelight Vigil and Purple Tie Awards

Thursday, October 3, 2019

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

YWCA Glendale

735 E. Lexington Drive

Glendale, CA 91206

*Purple attire encouraged*

Join us for our annual Candlelight Vigil to honor victims of domestic violence and celebrate the voices of survivors, and Take A Stand To Make A Difference with our inaugural Purple Tie Awards highlighting men who work to support domestic violence survivors and who work toward the elimination of violence against women and families in Glendale.

2019 Purple Tie Honorees 

Law Enforcement Advocate
Sgt. Alex Krikorian, Glendale Police Department

Volunteer Advocate
James Maddox, MSW, ASW

Community Partner Advocate
Albert Hernandez, Executive Director
Family Promise of the Verdugos

To RSVP, contact Cynthia at cynthiamaher@glendaleywca.org or 818-242-4155 X 217 or RSVP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/937386843274400/


Meet Our Volunteer of The Month: Michelle Schott

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Michelle Schott is currently leading crochet classes for our DV program participants, an idea she first presented to YWCA Glendale a few months ago. 

Here’s what she had to say about her volunteer experience:

“I’ve always loved crafting and making things by hand, but when my aunt tried to teach me to crochet when I was 10, it just didn’t stick. I was far too impatient and didn’t want to sit still at all. I picked it back up about 6 years ago, and I find it’s a way to meditate. Sometimes as I make progress on a project, I also make progress on some other puzzle or challenge I’m facing while I work and think. Life offers so few moments to be still lately I found my crochet time was crucial to balancing life. I had the idea for teaching a class and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to share this skill with the clients at YWCA Glendale.”

Find out how you can volunteer with YWCA Glendale!


Thank You, August Donors!

Thanks to all the generous donors who made a gift last month. We appreciate your support!

Harry Webb Trust
Jerome French
Miryam Finkelberg
Susan Hunt
Daniel & Bonnie James

Thank You

Click here to make a gift to support YWCA Glendale!

RSVP Now For Our Estate Planning Seminar on Sept. 19

Estate planning is critical for women. Join YWCA Glendale and Lynk Law, Inc. for this essential seminar so you may plan for the future with savvy!

About this event:
Women tend to live longer and earn less over their lifetime than men, making the planning of wills, trusts and estates a fundamental issue.

Presented by Sona A. Tatiyants, Attorney at Law, LL.M, Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and founder of Lynk Law, Inc. - this free estate planning seminar is a rare opportunity to learn the options for distributing your assets from one of the experts.

Get informed about:
• What is probate and what's so bad about it?
• What is the difference between a will and a trust?
• Who can make financial and medical decisions if you are incapacitated?
• How to name your favorite charity as a beneficiary of your estate.

Free parking behind building. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited!

RSVP to Janice at jvanwagner@glendaleywca.org or 818-242-4155 X 221

Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite

To learn more about making a planned gift to YWCA Glendale, go to: https://www.glendaleywca.org/planned-giving/

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Join Us on Oct. 17 to Learn About Gun Safety and GVRO in Our Community

Moms Demand Action

It’s up to all of us to protect kids and our community. We're proud to partner with Moms Demand Action for Speak for Safety and Be SMART. Join us to learn about safe gun storage and the Gun Violence Restraining Order, a historic new tool for removing guns from those who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

Thursday, October 17th at 6pm
YWCA Glendale
Regency Room
735 East Lexington Drive
Glendale, CA 91206

RSVP to Sylvia at sylviachinn@glendaleywca.org or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/237549153799292/



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