When a Mission is Not Optional


A substance overdose and the removal of her children from the home led Crystal to the YWCA’s Hope & Harriet Program. Through this intensive, 6-9 month residential recovery program, Crystal learned how to be free from chemical dependency. Through a holistic approach that addresses mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness, YWCA partnered with Crystal in her journey to recovery resulting in reunification with her children.

Marsha walks through the front door of her house dreading what awaits her on the other side. This is the third time she has been in this situation – leaving her abusive husband only to return after she has outstayed her welcome with friends and family. She feels hopeless, alone, and without options. Her bruises have barely healed from the previous incident. It’s only a matter of time before it will go too far and it will be her death that ends this cycle.

What is the determining factor between the outcomes of these two stories? YOU. Without your support, the YWCA would not be able to provide life-saving help for those struggling with domestic violence and substance abuse. Our mission is not optional. For some, it’s a matter of life and death.

Would you help us empower individuals and bring transformational change to those who desperately need it? Your end-of-year support, whether it be monetary or through an in-kind gift, makes a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Your engagement matters. 

Check out our Christmas Wishlist here or give a financial donation here. Checks can be mailed to 5920 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816. Nothing is too small to impact those like Crystal and Marsha. 

Thank you for partnering with us to bring healing and health to our community, one empowered individual at a time.



Paula Hughes-Schuh