An organization best known for empowering women and eliminating racism is celebrating a big milestone. The YWCA is marking its 100th year of helping those who have been abused and neglected.
Local Memphis Live Host Amy Speropoulos emceed the event, and Local 24 News Anchor Katina Rankin narrated its rich history at Wednesday’s annual luncheon in the University of Memphis’ Holiday Inn.
From its early days, they have played and continue to play a pivotal role in everything from women’s empowerment to violence prevention to health care.
“Some of the things we do is housing for domestic violence victims. We also house men and women. We also do community service, educational programs to make sure we get the word out about domestic violence as well as we offer training,” said Marquietta Odon, Interim Executive Director of the YWCA.
Wednesday’s luncheon kicked off a year of events for its centennial celebration.