YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish Offers Services to Veterans

By Matt King
Senior Program Director, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

Opportunity Place - Site of the Worksource Program

Over 125,000 veterans and their families live in King County in Washington State.  Like veterans across the United States, many experience challenges in making the transition to civilian life, and especially to civilian employment.  These difficulties are especially acute for recent veterans and for women:  nationally, veterans who have served since September, 2001 are unemployed at higher rates than non-veterans or older veterans, and the unemployment rate for female vets is higher than it is for males.   Our homeless population still includes many Vietnam-era veterans who struggle with mental illness and chemical dependency.  And the family members of all these veterans are often affected emotionally and economically by the hardships their loved ones undergo.

Henderson House Continues to Proudly Serve Homeless Women Veterans

By Andrea Nash
Vice President & COO, Henderson House Director
YWCA Middle Rio Grande

Andrea Nash

In May 2011, the YWCA Middle Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico started Henderson House, which is a transitional housing program for women veterans and their children who are experiencing homelessness. Henderson House, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), foundations, companies and individuals, can serve 10 women and their children at any given time. The program is designed so that 80% will go on to permanent housing within 1 year and then other women will take their place. Our experience with Henderson House has shown that women veterans and their children can succeed when they have a safe, affordable housing and the supports and services they need to maintain that housing.

View from the Frontlines – The long history of women in the U.S. military

by Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth

Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth

On Memorial Day, we honor our heroic dead – men and women – who have lived up to this standard and paid the price for our freedoms. Thank you for acknowledging their sacrifices.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taught our country many lessons.  One lesson is that there are no longer any traditional front lines.

Long History of YWCA Support for Military Families

By Adrianne Singer
President and CEO of YWCA Greenwich

Adrianne Singer

A core mission of the YWCA is “empowering women,” and helping them to reach their fullest potential. In this regard, I read with interest that the YWCA has been engaged with military families for more than a century…co-founding the USO…establishing Hostess House for service men and women…promoting Liberty Bonds during WW1…training women to fill the jobs of enlisted men…and supporting military and veteran women through the most recent conflicts.