YWCA New Britain and CCSU Take a Stand Against Racism

By Shaunna Cullen In April, the YWCA Stand Against Racism event brought much needed attention and ideas to the New Britain community about how to heal trauma caused by urban renewal. Dr. Sylvia Jalil Gutierrez, a professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), gave a brief history of

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What To Do When A Child Tells You They’ve Been Sexually Assaulted

By Janaina Bordignon, Sexual Assault Crisis Service Child Advocate Learning about child sexual assault (CSA) can be very overwhelming.  After all, it means acknowledging the terrifying risks surrounding the ones we love and want to protect the most. According to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center[1], 1 in 4 girls

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YWCA New Britain to Hold 108th Annual Meeting

YWCA New Britain’s 108th Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at The Back Nine Tavern at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain. There will be a business meeting portion where members will vote on the slate of board of directors, and learn more

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CHEFA Tours YWCA Building

By Shaunna Cullen Local and state representatives, YWCA New Britain’s Executive Director Robin Sharp and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority’s (CHEFA) Grant Program Manager Betty Sugarman Weintraub recently toured YWCA’s facility to see where CHEFA’s $69,425 grant will be used to make improvements in the building. “This grant

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Indoor Soccer Classes Come to YWCA

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain Youth Sports is now offering four-week indoor soccer classes. These classes are designed to help your child’s skills stay in tip-top shape during the soccer off-season or to introduce them to a new sport. Head coach Mirza Smajic has been playing soccer since he

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Embrace Your Voice this Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Joanna Flanagan April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). It is a time to speak out against sexual violence, raise awareness of the issue, and educate others about prevention.    This year’s SAAM theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” aims to inform individuals on how they can use

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Stand Against Racism with YWCA & CCSU

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism will be held April 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Founder’s Hall (located in Davidson Hall) at Central Connecticut State University. YWCA calls all individuals to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism to unite our community in a

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3 Simple Secrets for Forming Your Fitness Habit

By Sarah Shortt When it comes to exercise there are two extremes: those who know they should be exercising but don’t really want to – and those who make exercise an integral part of everyday life. The majority of people sit somewhere in the middle. For most of us, the

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Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Awards Grant to YWCA New Britain SACS

Our February 2018 CAT class at the New Britain Police Department The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a $90,000 grant to YWCA New Britain over the next three years to support our Sexual Assault Crisis Service’s (SACS) volunteer program. YWCA’s SACS program serves 46 towns in our state

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How to Give a Compassionate Response to Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Jessica Stepensky One of the most valuable skills we can have as human beings is knowing how to respond with empathy and compassion when a person is experiencing pain or suffering. There is currently a huge shift taking place in this country. The #MeToo movement has been fueled by

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