I am sharing this story because in the 2 short years that I have been the Executive Director here at the Minot YWCA we have gone from allowing anyone to utilize our services in the hope that clients will come in and consider our facility as community living and therefore abstain from drug use, to now requiring a negative drug test result before intake. To hope that residents simply abstain is not realistic, as addiction is a bigger beast than people may realize. Since the implementation of drug testing, yes, we have seen a decrease in admissions, however the outcomes and the success rates far outweigh numbers. We did still serve 109 women and children last year, more than 2014.
Now, homeless individuals that come to us for help can be guaranteed a safe, quality place to live for their children and be given the opportunity to better their lives in all ways possible including holding clients accountable for their behaviors. Again, THANK YOU to Minot Area Community Foundation for helping the YWCA remain a drug-free, alcohol free environment that works to empower homeless women and their children! We could not succeed without your help!"