YWCA of Lancaster

Eliminating racism and empowering women

aka YWCA Lancaster   |   Lancaster, PA   |  https://ywcalancaster.org/

Mission

The YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Ruling year info

1942

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Stacie Lee Blake

Main address

110 N Lime St

Lancaster, PA 17602 USA

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EIN

23-1352609

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Social justice requires us to transform unjust practices and policies. Democratic practice and plurality are fundamental to the YWCA association model. Women working together across lines of difference can transform and improve life for all women. Social problems should be addressed on multiple levels. All women cannot be empowered if we do not address the issues of race and racism.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center (SAPCC)

SAPCC is the designated rape crisis center for Lancaster County. We provide no cost counseling to victim survivors of sexual assault and their families. In addition we provide primary prevention to schools and other organizations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Center for Racial & Gender Equity (CRGE) engages in education and advocacy to build community around our mission to eliminate racism and empower women to have equitable access to personal, community and professional opportunities, free from racial injustice.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

We offer quality and affordable childcare at our Lime Street and Before and After School Sites (Lime Street and in partnership with Penn Manor School District). At Lime Street we offer care for infants through school-aged children. At our Penn Manor sites we offer Before, After, and a Wrap program for morning kindergarten students.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
Preteens

The Parent Empowerment Program is contracted to provide parenting education to clients of Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency. The Parent Educators meet with clients in their homes, at the agency, and in the community to observe their parent child visits and meet with them one-on-one, building off their strengths to improve their parenting. The program has a wide range of goals they focus on including child development, play interaction, safety and supervision, decision making, budgeting, community resources, behavior management techniques, communication, self-care, stress management, basic care, meeting child’s special needs, home organization, and routine and structure. The program works with clients throughout the county yearlong.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents

New Choices provides ongoing career counseling workshops or individual sessions on education pertaining to job training, job seeking, interviews, resume skills, and job placement opportunities. This program provides an environment that preserves dignity and supports personal choice. We serve dislocated workers and workers who were recently laid off, fired, or quit a job. We also serve individuals returning to the workforce, single parents, and those who were recently divorced or widowed along with individuals in life transitions from work, housing, or rehabilitation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

YWCA Lancaster is a beacon of hope offering safe emergency and affordable housing for low-to-moderate-income single women and parents with young children on a month-to-month basis during adjustment periods in their lives. As part of the county homeless coalition, we provide family emergency shelter AND we offer permanent housing for single, female-identifying persons. 12 of our 38 rooms are eligible for Section 8 housing, and one of our rooms is designated for survivors of trafficking or sexual violence.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families, Victims and oppressed people, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 2021 number is the total participants in our 6 core programs. Previous metrics only tracked numbers for our Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is a Lancaster community that embraces the full humanity of every individual and each person has the support they need to thrive.

Our strategy is to listen, learn, and lead on the issues that directly impact our mission.

We primarily meet our goals through our programs:

The Center for Racial and Gender Equity focuses on education and advocacy.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center is the Rape Crisis Center for Lancaster County. In addition to prevention education, we also run a 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline and provide no-cost counseling to survivors.

New Choices program provides pre-employment planning and counseling for individuals in employment transition.

The Parent Empowerment Program partners with Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency to work with families with an open case. Parent Educators partner with parents to develop skills needed to successfully raise their children in a healthy and nurturing environment.

Women who live at our Kepler Hall Residency include aging women on limited incomes; individuals leaving abusive relationships; individuals with disabilities who cannot afford other housing, or those in transition for any number of reasons. The nurturing support provided by the residents, staff, and agency environment support women if they live with us the remainder of their days or move on to new opportunities. For our emergency shelter residents, case manager support is provided to residents to help them find employment and to obtain life skills.

YWonderful Kids program provides:
• A safe and welcoming environment with a diverse, dedicated and caring staff
• A program responsive to the needs of working families
• Attention to the whole child with strong communication and partnerships with families.

In addition to our programs, our diverse board of directors is engaged in our work and our community engagement.

In 2020, our YWonderful kids program identified a need for more cultural competence in our childcare programs by considering what aspects of our mission we could enhance. During the first COVID closures in 2020, YWCA Lancaster paid staff who were unable to work in their regular classrooms to create an anti-bias curriculum. Primarily college-aged, this group coupled their knowledge of the families we serve with the pedagogical techniques they were learning in their formal education. After this curriculum was developed, staff recognized the need to continually reflect on these topics in our YWonderful childcare program, and so they formed the Diversity Education Committee. This committee remains active and works with staff to bring anti-bias lessons and practices into our classrooms.

In 2021 we created Black Artist Waystation. For this project, we identified 20 local artivists and supported 4 of them as they created art connected to the legacy of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster and todays recognition that Black Lives Matter. The effort exposed artists to audiences they hadn't reached before and several have transformed their practice and work due in part to this initial launch.

In 2021, YWCA Lancaster convened a group of community leaders to engage in in a countywide Racial Equity Profile, the first of its kind in PA. The project is jointly funded and will produce a report identifying areas of racial inequity with data that enables us to lead focused efforts of change. Results will be shared with the community in Spring of 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve homeless families, working parents, low-income women-identifying residents, sexual assault survivors and their families, families with court involvement, and the community at large through our education and advocacy efforts.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have placed a greater emphasis on correct pronouns to ensure a welcoming environment for all staff and residents.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have adopted a shared leadership model between board and staff, and senior leadership attends board meetings and co-leads board committees with board members.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YWCA of Lancaster

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Deborah Wilson-Gadsden

Family Design Resources Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2023

Angela Rieck

Law Office of Angela Rieck

Dana Hamp Gulick

Stoner Bunting Advertising

Deborah Gadsden

Family Design Resources

Jennifer Reiner

Align Ltd.

LuAnn Aument

LMA Consulting Group

Molly Ramos

RKL LLP

Shruti Sharma

Serve Pro

Hyasmine Charles

Penn Medicine

Jasmine Kraybill

Berkshire Hathaway

Sally Chuquimia

Church World Service

Kathryn Sandoe

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Association

Lisa Simmons

AHF Products, Inc.

Stephanie O'Hara

Landmark Homes

Kim Tull

Godfrey

Mary Aucker-Enders

Self-employed

Jessica Purdy

FIC Human Resources Partners, LLC

Maxine Cook

Lincoln University

Gretchel Hathaway

Franklin and Marshall College

April Russell

COBYS Family Services

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.