The YWCA is proud to tell you about our most recent success story. A single grandparent household has just moved into her own apartment. This woman came to North Dakota to be with family, and when she arrived with one of her daughters and three grandchildren, her plans for a place to live fell through. They had traveled far, and tried to make it work by finding jobs and looking for apartments that they could afford. Her daughter had decided that trying to force her situation was not worth what she left behind in her home state, so she packed up and left with two of her children. After a very hard goodbye, Grandma and one of her grandchildren moved into the shelter.
The YWCA learned so much about the triumphs this woman had been through. She was not perfect, but she was honest about those imperfections. This woman served as “grandma” to all the residents living in the YWCA shelter, and tried to offer advice and wisdom to many younger women.
Finally, after a long wait here in North Dakota, an apartment came through for her and her grandchild. The YWCA was able to help her with clothing, all the necessities, and help filling out assistance applications, so that her and her grandchild would have the very best possible chance at success. The YWCA was also able to help pay for her deposit and some rent to get her started, and she is now out on her own……grandchild in tow. This woman is a true story of perseverance, resiliency, and has the belief that if she does the right things, good things will happen. If you are interested in this woman’s full story, she has agreed to share it at the YWCA Women of Distinction Banquet - tickets available here. It will be a story of inspiration and change you won’t want to miss it!
A woman came to the YWCA as a referral from another shelter in the area. She had been through many life struggles, health issues, and traumatic experiences. While at the YWCA, her health continued to deteriorate and she was trying everything she could to feel better, including going to multiple doctors and getting different results at every appointment. I could see it was taking a bigger toll on her as she was attempting to get some solutions to her problems.
"This woman was grateful for every last bit of help and encouragement, and I could not help but cry when she left."
Throughout her journey here, the YWCA was able to help her with co-pays and prescription medications/supplements, transportation, and even a deposit on a place to call her own. Without any family in the area for support, she remained very positive. Ups and Downs are normal, but with all the confirmed medical issues, she still tried to see the positive in everything! She moved into her own place and it was a bittersweet goodbye for me. This woman was grateful for every last bit of help and encouragement, and I could not help but cry when she left. Anyone who knows me, knows I don't get too attached, but this one was different. I don't know many people who would have been able to stay positive and still manage to laugh and see the bright side of life after having gone through what she had. I feel grateful to have met her and I wish her nothing but the best of luck, with an attitude like that, she will succeed in anything she does.......I just hope she stays in touch so I can see!
A big thank you to our grantors who enable us to help in the way we do! Successes like these are what keeps the YWCA going and without you we would not be able to make a positive impact on women's lives in the community of Minot.