Girls take a break between activities to pose for a picture at the December 12 Winter Party. 
Every girl deserves a life of possibilities.                    ´╗┐January 2017
Article ImageThis month, we are excited to celebrate Erin Haberman, one of our rockstar volunteers. Erin volunteers her time and talent by providing childcare every week to the babies and toddlers of our young moms. Her calm nature, consistency and superb 'baby whisperer' skills are great assets to our childcare program. We are grateful for the consistency and comfort she brings to the little ones, as well as their moms, each week.  
Thank you!
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Because of generous supporters like you, we exceeded our year-end fundraising goal! This means even more Des Moines area girls and young women will receive the care and encouragement they deserve, including: 
  • Creative art therapy for girls who have experienced abuse
  • New car seats and training of proper use for young moms
  • Six-week workshops with activities to build positive self-esteem and identify characteristics of healthy relationships
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"I continue to be amazed by the sheer passion and commitment our community has for the girls and young women of the YWRC. Our clients never fail to move and humble me with their desire to succeed and ability to thrive in situations where many of us would falter. 
Moving into 2017, we recognize there are many challenges ahead. It will be up to all of us to continue the fight for progress and equality so the next generation can have the bright future #everygirldeserves."
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We are currently looking for volunteers to help us sort and organize donated items. If this sounds like something you can help with, please contact Sarah via email or at 515.244.4901.
Winter Coats
Though we usually do not accept donations of clothing items for teens and adults, we have found ourselves in need of winter coats for several of our young women. We are currently seeking adult winter coats, sizes S-3X. Coats can be dropped off at the YWRC during normal business hours, Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 pm; Friday, 8 a.m. - Noon.   
In Case You Missed It...
This section is dedicated to articles and news featuring topics such as self-esteem, empowerment, positive body image, young moms and role models.
5 Reasons 2016 Was Great For Women. No, Really., The Huffington Post, December 20, 2016
10 Stories We Loved About Girls in 2016, Girls With Ideas, December 28, 2016
How Paid Parental Leave Changed in 2016, Fast Company, December 28, 2016
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