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YWCA Southern Colorado to Hold Open House Saturday

March 20, 2019

In preparation for the upcoming open house, YWCA Southern Colorado staffers, Felysha Serda-Mondragon,
left, and Chasity Jiron prepare T-shirts, mugs and candles that will be given away at the event.

Fresh off the unveiling of its three-year strategic plan and rebranding as YWCA Southern Colorado, the Downtown campus, located at 810 N. Santa Fe Ave., will be open for visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

The open house is designed to enlighten visitors about the YWCA and its mission. Each year in Pueblo, more than 3,500 clients receive critical domestic violence services, including shelter, with a goal of promoting self-sufficiency and encouraging empowerment.

“We invite the Southern Colorado community to attend,” said Zelna Joseph, the agency’s executive director. “The open house will include a PowerPoint presentation, chronologically explaining the history of the YWCA and its mission, vision and goals.

“Also, we will allow public access to our building common areas, including the lobby area, and the basement — where we will exhibit historical memorabilia of the YWCA, historical events photographs and newspaper clippings.”

Guests will have an opportunity to meet and visit with Joseph, YWCA Southern Colorado board members and staff, and ask questions about the YWCA’s current and proposed new programs.

“The public will also have the opportunity to join the YWCA Southern Colorado by signing up for ‘Charter Membership’ and information will be given on what the membership includes,” Joseph added. “A light lunch will be served.”

As presented to the public last month, the strategic plan has four platforms:

Sustainability, to ensure long-term financial sustainability and the continued effectiveness of services, with development of a health education and training center on campus.

Research and education, to include development of an inventory of existing resources and a community-based research study on the prevalence, causes and impact of violence against women across Southern Colorado.

Collaboration, to seek an ever-expanding array of community-based partnerships that empower women and children at-risk of or experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse.

Marketing and community awareness, to improve transparency and to let women and children in need know they have a safe place and the resources necessary to escape their situation.

Saturday’s open house coincides with “Women’s History Month,” celebrated worldwide each March.

For more information about the YWCA Southern Colorado, visit, follow the agency on Facebook or call 542-6904.

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