YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Eliminating racism, empowering women

Nashville, TN   |  https://www.ywcanashville.com

Mission

YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
 
It is the vision of YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families; to achieve self-sufficiency; and to increase their financial strength. The YWCA will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice.  Further, we will raise the awareness and diminish the incidence of violence and racism.

Ruling year info

1942

Principal Officer

Ms. Sharon K. Roberson

Main address

1608 Woodmont Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37215 USA

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Formerly known as

Nashville Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

EIN

62-0475702

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (L43)

Girls Clubs (O22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is the vision of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families, to achieve self-sufficiency, and to increase their financial strength. YWCA will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice. Further, we will raise the awareness and diminish the incidence of violence and racism.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Domestic Violence Services

DV Crisis Line & more info on DV Services: 615-242-1199 or 1-800-334-4628, TEXT 615-983-5170

Crisis Line
YWCA provides a 24-hour domestic violence crisis and support helpline that is answered by highly trained staff who offer crisis counseling and safety planning and arrange admission to the Weaver Domestic Violence Center as needed. Counselors also provide referrals to other community resources.
 
Community Support Groups
Women learn the dynamics and impact of domestic violence, and strategies for safety.
 
Emergency Shelter & Case Management
The Weaver Domestic Violence Center provides 24-hour shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Case management includes individual/group counseling, access to addiction treatment, on-site legal advocacy, transportation, transitional housing planning, and support in achieving emotional and financial self-sufficiency.
 
Transitional Housing & Case Management
Women who demonstrate an increase in emotional and financial self-sufficiency in shelter may apply to enter Transitional Housing, receiving a combination of rental assistance and case management for a year.

Pet Shelter
YWCA is opening Abbie's Safe Home, a shelter for pets of people escaping domestic violence. Rather than having to choose between their safety and the safety of a beloved pet, survivors can now prioritize both.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Victims of crime and abuse

WCA’s Adult Education Instruction component helps adults earn their high school equivalency credential and increase the grade level of their education. YWCA offers adult education classes during mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays at sites throughout Davidson County to accommodate students’ schedules and transportation needs. All services are free to students thanks to generous supporters like the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 

The student is given the Test of Basic Adult Education (TABE) assessment to determine his/her knowledge of the core subjects of reading, math and language. Then, each student meets individually with a staff member to discuss his/her test results and to determine the class that will be most convenient for the student and also provide the best educational experience for their next academic goal. Students that score very high on the initial tests will be given the Official Practice Test for the high school equivalency (HSE) diploma as soon as possible. In Tennessee, students have the option of taking the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test), and passing the exam will lead to a state government-issued high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. 

Programs are offered in both English and Spanish in their entirety. Recently (2017-present), half of FLC’s graduates speak Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Girls Inc. at YWCA was founded in early 2008 as a response to a lack of enrichment activities meeting the needs of girls in specifically lower-performing schools and community sites throughout the Nashville area. 

Today, Girls Inc. engages over 300 female MNPS students annually through its in-school, spring break camp, and summer camp programming. We equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls build confidence and embrace positive decision-making to take charge of their health and wellbeing, and achieve academic, personal, and career goals. 

Theory of Change: We believe the Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated, and independent adults  

Bigger picture concepts:  
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold 
The Girls Inc. experience: Believing in Girls’ Rights & Abilities 

Girls Inc. Experience Essential Elements: 
Girls Only/Pro-Girl Environment 
Mentoring Relationships 
Intentional Programming 
Research-based curricula 
Interactive activities 
Sustained exposure

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Dress for Success Nashville at YWCA is committed to providing resources for women to thrive in work and life through a network of support, professional attire, and development tools.

Dress for Success delivers long-lasting solutions to enable women to break the cycle of poverty and to be treated with dignity and respect. YWCA offers professional attire, career services, and the Professional Women’s Group, empowering women to strengthen their families and shape their communities. Dress for Success Nashville’s career development services include:  

Professional Attire: Dress for Success provides each client with a professional interview outfit, including clothing, accessories, shoes, and a handbag or briefcase if available. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, YWCA’s programs inspire confidence for the client that she takes with her throughout her career.

Career Services: Dress for Success and the Family Learning Center both utilize career services through the support of a fulltime Career Navigation Specialist. Services include resume preparation, cover letter writing, interview practice, job search assistance, and employment planning and coaching.

The Career Navigation Specialist asks about the client’s experience and goals to develop a career plan. They work with the client to hone their work habits by providing assessments about ideal work environments—including supervisory habits, communication styles, and workplace preference—in order to cultivate job placements by reviewing job boards, websites, and internal databases, as well as growing in relationship with partners. The process inevitably can be tumultuous, and the CNS acts as a career coach and counselor, follows up with clients, and maintains a follow-up process, specifically advocating with and for nontraditional students.

Professional Women’s Group (PWG): When a client successfully lands a job, she receives an invitation to join the PWG— Dress for Success Nashville’s career development and networking group.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

AMEND Together is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to be a part of the solution.

Together, we seek to challenge the culture that supports violence, cultivate healthy masculinity, and change the future for women and girls. Help us make Nashville the safest city in the nation for women and girls. AMEND Together is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to be a part of the solution.

Together, we seek to challenge the culture that supports violence, cultivate healthy masculinity, and change the future for women and girls. Help us make Nashville the safest city in the nation for women and girls.

AMEND Together engages training participants to think differently about their role in our culture and to become a catalyst of change. Trainings have included colleges and universities, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Tennessee Titans, Tennessee General Assembly staff, United Methodist Men Conference, TEDxNashville, Pennsylvania Says No More conference, and even a presentation at the United Nations.

The AMEND Clubs educate young men on leadership, healthy masculinity, and gender violence while engaging them to promote the idea of AMEND within the schools. The AMEND Clubs empower the young men to change the current culture that supports violence against women.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys

At its heart, the YWCA is a social justice agency. We strive to embed racial and gender equity into the work we do internally as an organization and externally in the community with our clients and partner organizations. 

YWCA's Social Justice and Advocacy programs include an advocacy committee, Stand Against Racism programming, a lunch and learn series, advocacy trainings, a 21-day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.

YWCA's education and legislative advocacy efforts seek to support the people we serve through our domestic violence shelter, school-based programming, and adult and early education programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

YWCA is opening Abbie's Safe Home, a pet shelter, in 2021. The shelter has kennels as well as quarantine units and a fenced in area for exercise and play. Clients requesting emergency shelter often must decide what to do with their pet. With the addition of a pet shelter, this consideration is no longer a barrier to care. The pet shelter is on-site, providing a space for survivors to care for their pets as they flee their abusive environment and make plans to remain safe in the long-term.

Once in shelter, it is imperative victims do not return to the home where the domestic violence occurred. Providing a space for animals both provides an escape that includes pets, but also brings these animals out of abusive homes. The space on-site for pets can prevent the abuser from holding another potential manipulation to convince the survivor to return.

Goals for the pet shelter include:
-providing shelter to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals
-to provide case management that prepares clients for life after shelter

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1995

Community Resource Center - Nashville 1995

United Way Member Agency 1995

Nashville Chamber of Commerce 1995

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence 1995

Alignment Nashville 2007

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Domestic Violence Services: Increase the immediate safety of victims of domestic violence; and equip survivors with skills, resources, and strategies to build futures free from abuse.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Domestic Violence Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 15,000 nights of safety are provided to over 200 adults and 150 children annually.

Dress for Success Nashville: Transition women to self-sufficiency by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work, home and community.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Dress for Success Nashville

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Clients served by signature suiting program

Family Literacy Center: Prepare adult learners to pass the HiSET test and receive their high school equivalency diplomas

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Family Learning Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students who earned their high school equivalency diploma

Girls Inc. at YWCA: Inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Girls Inc. at the YWCA

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

AMEND Together: Engage and educate male influencers to build a movement of men in Nashville and Middle Tennessee dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

AMEND Together

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

It is the vision of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families, to achieve self-sufficiency, and to increase their financial strength. The YWCA will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice. Further, we will raise the awareness and diminish the incidence of violence and racism.

Domestic Violence Services: Fulfilling its mission of empowering women, YWCA has been Nashville’s primary provider of domestic violence services for over 40 years. YWCA Domestic Violence Services offer more than temporary safety—they help break the cycle of violence by offering a continuum of services, including: a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, text line, a 65-bed emergency shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence, on-site pet shelter, a transitional housing program, community support groups, as well as community outreach and education.

Dress for Success Nashville: Dress for Success Nashville transitions women to self-sufficiency by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work, home, and community. A suite of services supports every phase of their professional lives, so that clients find and keep their jobs, build thriving careers, and prosper in the mainstream workplace.

Family Learning Center: The Family Learning Center provides free classes to adults to earn their high school equivalency diploma and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. Additionally, the Family Learning Center collaborates with other YWCA programs and offers career services to clients interested.

Girls Inc.: Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages, and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

AMEND Together: AMEND Together is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to be a part of the solution. Together, we seek to challenge the culture that supports violence, cultivate healthy masculinity, and change the future for women and girls.

Social Justice & Advocacy: YWCA’s Social Justice & Advocacy programs features conversation surrounding peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, specifically in the Nashville area. Programs include: YWCA USA’s Stand Against Racism, a Lunch and Learn series, an advocacy committee, and policy priorities.

Pet Shelter: YWCA is opening Abbie's Safe Home, a shelter for pets of people escaping domestic violence. Rather than having to choose between their safety and the safety of a beloved pet, survivors can now prioritize both.

YWCA accomplishes its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all by providing intentional programming. Domestic Violence Services, Dress for Success Nashville, the Family Learning Center, Girls Inc., AMEND Together, Social Justice and Advocacy, and Pet Shelter all move the mission of YWCA forward. The vision is supported through a vast network of board members, community donors and volunteers, corporations, private foundations, and government agencies that dedicate time and resources to ensure YWCA is fiscally sound and offers strategic solutions to address complex issues.

Throughout the last 120 years, YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee has assisted the Nashville community. YWCA has offered domestic violence services for more than forty years, including shelter, counseling, case management, and other critical services. Domestic violence, however, is not going away. Today, Tennessee ranks among the highest rates of women killed by men.

YWCA works to make Nashville a safer city for women and girls through programming. These programs include AMEND Together, a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging men and boys to be a part of the solution. Girls Inc. encourages girls to be strong, smart, and bold and equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Women are continually empowered through Dress for Success, providing professional attire, career services, and a Professional Women’s Group. Our Family Learning Center provides educational and career services in both English and Spanish to clients, providing an opportunity for students to pursue their high school equivalency diploma. At its heart, the YWCA is a social justice agency; we strive to embed racial and gender equity into the work we do internally as an organization and externally in the community with our clients and partner organizations through Social Justice and Advocacy programs. 

Through our continual offering of domestic violence services and intentional programming to eliminate racism and empower women, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee hopes to see a more equitable future without violence and is proud to play a role in creating it.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Domestic Violence Services serves survivors of domestic violence, including adults and children, through its 24-hour crisis and information line, emergency shelter, pet shelter, and transitional housing programs. Girls Inc. serves girls in Metro Nashville Public Schools, empowering them to be strong, smart, and bold, and works with their parents. AMEND focuses encouraging men and boys to be a part of the solution countering violence against women and girls. Family Learning Center serves adults from the Nashville area through adult education and career services. Dress for Success Nashville serves women in the Nashville area, providing professional suitings and career support. Our Social Justice and Advocacy program serves primarily people in the Nashville area to discuss relevant issues.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Domestic Violence Services uses feedback for specific decisions such increasing the spending budget on grocery items for clients to have more control over food they consume, as well as for broader programmatic changes, such as adding a pet shelter on-site for victims of domestic violence, removing a barrier to entry. Girls Inc. and AMEND continued to provide virtual options because of positive feedback. Family Learning Center plans schedules around feedback, including virtually after receiving survey results. Dress for Success has more flexible timing with its appointments to meet clients where they are, as well as offering virtual suitings which allow the program to reach more people. Social Justice and Advocacy chose a recent topic for lunch and learns from surveys.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our Domestic Violence Services recognize the importance of being trauma-informed and letting clients give input that transfers the power to them and gives them more control over their circumstances. Additionally, clients are more likely to agree to circumstances if they are a part of forming them. Girls Inc. and AMEND are guided by clients’ voice and choice, which creates more buy-in for families and for the programs. Family Learning Center focused on digital equity within the pandemic, making sure classes were available to everyone by asking what kind of devices students have. Dress for Success has taken feedback to become more relational with the people served, better meeting their needs. Social Justice and Advocacy chooses topics based on feedback.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Board of directors
as of 1/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Amanda Weeks-Geveden

U.S. Bank

Term: 2021 - 2023

Gail Alexander

Community Volunteer

Sallie Bailey

Retired, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation

Caroline Bradshaw

Cumberland Trust

Louise Brock

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Rusty Burdge

Choice Property Restoration LLC

Monica Cintado-Scokin

HCA

Ashlee Davis

AllianceBernstein

Kendra Deas

HealthStream Inc.

Cindy Dempsey

Genesco Inc.

Jamie Dunham

Brand Wise

Katharin Dyer

Career Global Chief Marketing Officer

Rashed Fakhruddin

Islamic Center of Nashville

Lisa Ferrelli

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

David Fischette

Go West Creative Group

Rodney Francis

Nissan North America

Charles Grant

Baker Donelson

Janie Greenwood Harris

Community Volunteer

Sean Henry

Nashville Predators & Bridgestone Arena

Rita Johnson-Mills

Healthcare Consultant

Beverly Keel

Middle Tennessee State University

Candice Lee

Vanderbilt University

Carla Lovell

Sherrard Roe Voigt Harbison

Rick Martin

Asurion Philanthropy

Anne Morgan

NCC

Tracey Pearson

RBC Wealth Management

Sharon Roberson

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Abby Rubenfeld

Rubenfeld Law Office

Billye Sanders

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

Amber Sims

St. Thomas Health

Amy Smartt

Country Music Association

Javier Solano

MP&F Strategic Communications

Sunny Spyridon

Community Volunteer

Amanda Weeks-Geveden

U.S. Bank

Cynthia Whitfield Story

Inspire1, LLC Consulting Firm

Kate Wood

K8 Co.

Lara Crouch

Nashville Predators

James Crumlin

Baker Donelson

Irwin Fisher

Community Volunteer

Joey Hatch

Community Volunteer

Latrisha Jemison

Regions

Marcia Masulla

Roar

Rita Mitchell

Rita P. Mitchell, LLC

Eleanor McDonald

Ingram Industries

Valerie Molette

Deloitte

Jayme Parmakian

LBMC

Alecia Wynn

Ankura Consulting

Vicki Yates

News Channel 5

Roberta Pettis

FocusWorks Consulting Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability