If an extraordinary woman like Michelle Obama can speaks openly about the painful racism she endured as First Lady, can you imagine how racism effects the everyday woman. As a CEO of a nonprofit, I have had the opportunity to have many conversations with women all over the country about how racism - spoken and unspoken - has hurt to the core. It has stifled growth of some and propelled others to greatness. Although racism can be a difficult conversation, I applaud Michelle Obama for not being silent about her pain. For more than 110 years, the YWCA of Houston has been on the forefront of eliminating racism, advocating for racial justice and civil rights. Our programs and services increase awareness, build coalition and strive to transform inequities in areas such as housing, health initiatives and leadership. I encourage you to Read former First Lady Michelle Obama’s article here and be empowered to be resilient in the face of racism.
When I read our mission statement, I think about all the work there is to do in our community to make sure that all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status, deserves to live free of discrimination. I think about all those citizens who may not feel safe in their own homes. I know that YWCA of Houston has much work to do to ensure freedom and justice for all.
To reach more in our community and around the world, we are excited to launch a new website with a mission! I invite you to explore our website to learn about who we are, what we do and how you can help us on a mission that leads to the economic empowerment of women and elimination of racism. Check out our upcoming events. Review our volunteer opportunities. Drop by our office at 6309 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. for a tour and more information.
Our work cannot be done without you! Join us on a Mission!