The YWCA of Genesee County
We have the collective strength to face the biggest challenges and work
toward a more just and equitable society that benefits everyone.
We believe that impacting lives begins with understanding individual needs.
We listen, we learn and we respond.
We are the oldest and largest multiracial women’s organization in the world.
We have always been—and will always continue to be—leaders for racial
justice and women’s empowerment.
Letter from the Executive Director
* All individuals listed were part of our Board of Directors for part or all of 2021 *
* All individuals listed were a part of our Staff for part or all of 2021 *
Administrative Support Managers
Lindsey Reed & Debra Crossett & Alayna Tatarka
Dennis Stothers & George Davis Jr.
Domestic Violence Program
NEW* Outreach Coordinator
Children’s Center in the Courts
Children’s Center Coordinator
Children’s Center Assistant
Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Program
The YWCA of Genesee County is the sole provider of Domestic Violence Services in Genesee County.
The graph below displays the breakdown of the clients we assisted in 2021.
This includes our safe dwelling, where we provided 791 nights of safety for families fleeing abusive situations.
As Covid-19 restrictions continuously decreased through 2021, the need for our services increased and surpassed 2020 monthly numbers.
Throughout 2021, our goal was to help as many individuals as we could, especially since Covid-19 created a new dynamic of Domestic Violence.
The number of individuals who needed assistance sky-rocketed, so we needed to find ways to help all of them in the way that they needed on an individual basis.
Through the intense effort of our Domestic Violence Coordinator and Case Managers, we were able to have a successful year in assisting clients.
The YWCA of Genesee County does not discriminate against age, income, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.
Making A Difference
*Names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of our clients and their families
In 2021, our country was still fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Shelters across the US were running at full capacity, limiting availability to resources for victims facing further isolation and abuse by their partner. Programs were struggling to find placement for individuals fleeing from abuse. Domestic Violence Programs across the country began collaborating to find placement for these families. As a result of our efforts, our program received a referral from an individual in a southern state for a family to relocate to Genesee County for safety. This is Nicole’s story.
*Names have been changed to protect the family and maintain confidentiality*
My name is Nicole and last year changed my life. I was scared, being abused my children’s father. Michael and I began dating on August 14th, 2016, and things moved quicker than I ever expected. We fell in love and were married on March 2nd, 2017. He seemed perfect. He was successful, wanted everything that I wanted in life and showered me with love and affection.
Right after we got married, he wanted to begin our family and I was ready, I felt like I was living in a fairytale. In April 2017, I found out I was pregnant with our daughter. My parents discouraged our relationship moving quickly and when they found out that I was pregnant, they were less than pleased. They were concerned about how quickly things were moving and wanted me to tread lightly and keep my guard up. Little did I know, this was the first of many red flags.
My friends tried telling me that something was off, but I didn’t listen. Once I started dating Michael, I never went out anymore because if I wanted to, Michael encouraged me to stay home and hang out with him. I began getting irritated with my friends, because I thought he loved me and wanted to spend time with me. Within a month of dating, I no longer had friends, I pushed them away because Michael convinced me they were trying to control our relationship and didn’t want us dating. I was blinded by Michaels charming personality and the promise that he was going to take care of me forever.
In January 2018, we had our daughter Emilia. The first week with Emilia home, everything was great. Slowly all the responsibility was on me, and I began to feel depression coming on and Michael began telling me that I was fat, he didn’t love me like he used to and did not help me much with Emilia. One night, Michael forced himself on me six weeks after I gave birth. Four weeks after that, I found out I was pregnant again.
As I began seeing his behavior escalate, I knew I wanted to leave him. I reached out to my parents and told them what was happening, and they said I could come stay with them. I was going through a lot physically and emotionally and needed all the help I could get. I stayed with my parents for a few days and Michael began reaching out and telling me that he was sorry, he sent me flowers and promised if I gave him one more chance, he would do whatever he needed to do to keep his family. My mom gave me an ultimatum and said if I got back together with Michael, they would never speak to me again. I made the choice to go back to him a couple days later because I wanted my family together.
Everything seemed perfect again. That was until the night I almost lost my life at the hands of the father of my children. In 2021, Michael became angry with me after I asked him to stay home and help me with the kids instead of going out with his friends. He became physical, choking me until I lost consciousness and was bruised from head to toe.
When I regained consciousness, Michael was gone, and I called 911. I was in fear for my life while my children were crying hysterically and scared. The police arrived and began looking for Michael to arrest him and helped me to safety. I went into shelter that day and the YWCA helped me get connected with services. They helped me through the process of filing an order of protection, creating a safety plan and assisted with helping me establish a new life. I am now independent and able to provide the best life for my children. Michael was eventually arrested, charged and sent to prison for 3 years.
We are a phone call away if you or someone you know is experiencing something similar.
Helping Our Clients Through the Pandemic
Our goal through the year was to make sure our families were safe and their basic needs were being met. Many families lost jobs and income, making supporting and providing healthy meals for their families extremely difficult.
Staff at the YWCA continued to assist at weekly food distributions throughout 2021, assuring that 16 families did not have to worry about putting food on their tables.
– households were helped with food distribution continuously throughout 2021-
NEW DV TASK FORCE
In October 2021, the YWCA established a Domestic Violence Task Force. The Task Force meets monthly, with other of service providers including law enforcement, to coordinate services and identify gaps. Task Force members then work toward creating solutions while maintaining the confidentiality of our clients.
Children's Centers in the Courts
The Children’s Center in the Courts Program opened in 1999 and has been making a difference for 22 years. New York State Unified Courts System saw a need to provide safe, reliable, free childcare for caregivers attending court proceedings and developed this vital program. The Center provides a safe, literacy – rich environment and an opportunity for positive interventions in the lives of vulnerable children and families.
Due to the global pandemic the Children’s Center temporarily closed in March of 2020 and remains closed per the direction of the New York State Unified Courts System.
We are optimistic that this program will reopen in 2022!
My Sister's Closet Boutique
My Sister’s Closet Boutique
In 2021, My Sister’s Closet Boutique re-opened in February after being closed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Profit for the year was $3,012.14. All proceeds benefited the Domestic Violence Program and our clients and their children continue to be offered clothing and accessories free of charge.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the amazing people who volunteered with us during 2021. We would not have been able to keep the closet open without your devotion and hard work.
We would also like to thank the community who donated items to the closet and Quota International for working in partnership with us. Our mission is to empower women to look and feel their best and that is all possible because of all of you!
2021 Special Sales
My Sister’s Closet Boutique hosted three special sales in 2021, one in March for Women’s History Month, November for Washington Towers residents, and finally in December for Christmas. We received a lot of love from our customers at these sales events.
Financial Assistance Programs 2021
In 2021, the YWCA of Genesee County distributed housing stability funding provided the ESL Charitable Foundation through the United Way. The Housing Stability Project’s goal was to provide assistance to individuals and families in Genesee County by helping with a one time rent, mortgage, or utility payment. This project was a great way to help our community and help ease financial burdens caused by Covid-19.
Housing Stability Project 2021
Number of families assisted: 14 families
Amount of funding distributed: $13,627.50
Funds2Orgs Shoe Fundraiser
February 12th – April 12th 2021
The YWCA received money for our domestic violence program for collecting the shoes and Funds2Orgs gave the donated shoes to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries, where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. We collected 3,200 shoes total!
Miss Batavia Diner Fundraiser
March 29th 2021
Miss Batavia Diner hosted a fundraiser night where 30% of the proceeds benefitted our Domestic Violence Program.
110 Year Anniversary Gala
April 17th 2021
The YWCA hosted a Gala to celebrate our 110-year anniversary by honoring some exceptional women with the Frances G Francis Empowerment Awards; Dorothy “Cricket” Avery, Nancy C. Brach, Jill Kratz, and the Rotary Club of Batavia.
The Mission Day
April 25th 2021
We attended a Mission Day where they assembled dignity bags for individuals recently released from the Buffalo Immigration Detention Center. The bags assembled contained useful items that an individual may use as they make their way back to reunite with their families. The Mission Day, hosted by Los Samaritanos and the Country Neighbors Churches of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, was a success. The community collective event ended with the assembly of 53 Dignity Bags & $ 680 in donations.
United Way Day of Caring
May 19th 2021
United Way Day of Caring is a day where the community comes together to volunteer for the betterment of our area. Organizations state their needs and United Way connects volunteer groups to each of the needs to fulfill them. We worked with Scalia’s Landscape to garden and clean up Notre Dame High School. We went over to the field and picked up trash, then we filled in mulch and weeded areas on school grounds. We had an incredible time and met many great individuals!
June 12th 2021
We participated and tabled at the Pride Festival in Batavia. We played Jenga and educated some community members on Domestic Violence and the services we offer.
Caring for the City Day
August 5th 2021
We participated and tabled at the Care-A-Van Ministries Caring for the City Day. This event was intended to provide resources and support to community members by gathering local organizations in one area for the day.
Batavia Police Community Night Out
August 10th 2021
We participated and tabled at the Batavia Police Community Night Out. This event is always so fun and the community comes together for a night of excitement!
*Pictured is Miah Stevens taken by Batavia PD*
Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District Scarecrow Contest
We participated in the BID Scarecrow Contest. Our scarecrow was in honor of the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg who was and continues to be an inspiration to girls and women everywhere!
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
We participated in a Week Without Violence bringing awareness to the issues surrounding domestic violence.
RUN Until Their Voices Are Heard 5K
October 15th 2021
The YWCA hosted our annual 5K to raise money for our Domestic Violence Program. We had performers, food, and fun!
YWCA Women in Business Series
The YWCA created and hosted a Women in Business Series where we highlighted women owned businesses in Genesee County and held public events to promote them!
ROC the Day
November 30th 2021
The YWCA participated in ROC the Day which is a fundraising event for non-profits and other organizations in the Rochester, NY area.
Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District Wreath Contest
The YWCA participated in the BID wreath contest. Our wreath was inspired by women’s empowerment and equality of all individuals.
2021 YWCA of Genesee County Donors
* Reflects contributions made from 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021 *
Charles & Toby Cook
Gordon & Peggy Lamb
Public Trust Advisors, LLC.
Quota International of Batavia
George & Sandra Brady
Mary T. Kane
Larry & Jerianne Barnes
Batavia Lions Club
City of Batavia
James & Leslie Delooze
Kim & Mark Dewey
Paula Shaw Radka
St. James Episcopal Church
Beverly L. Maniace
McNickel’s Can Redemption
Alan M. Plath
United Methodist Women
Reverend James Renfrew
The YWCA of Genesee County wishes to thank everyone who has so generously supported our programs and mission.
Please accept our sincere apology if we have inadvertently omitted any names from this list.
We received many anonymous donations through Target, Network for Good, PayPal, Go Fund Me, Front Stream Etc.
In Kind Donations
ARC of Genesee Orleans
Kohl’s of Batavia
Old Navy of Batavia
Quota International of Batavia
Richmond Memorial Library
St. Brigid Parish, Share-a-Yarn
Strong West Ambulatory Surgery Center
YWCA OF GENESEE COUNTY, INC.
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In accordance with Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services issued by the American Institute of Public Accountants, Freed Maxick, P.C. provided our monthly accounting services. Lumsden McCormack LLP, Certified Public Accountants conducted our Annual Review. A copy of the full Financial Report, along with Form 990, may be obtained by contacting the YWCA office at 585.343.5808 or by email at email@example.com