LIMA — The YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s new location on 608 W. High St. allows the agency to further its cause of eliminating racism and empowering women and youth in the community, according to Jill Ogle, parent outreach specialist.
Prior to the 608 W High St. location, The YWCA of Northwest Ohio was in the same office as the United Way of Lima on 616 S. Collett St. The YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s main location is at 1018 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo.
Although they still offered its Child Care Resource and Referral and Youth Development Allen County office at the Collett Street location, they were limited in space and wanted the opportunity to offer more services to the community, according to Ogle.
The Child Care Resource and Referral office helps provide parents with referrals and information to help them select quality child care. The Youth Development office is dedicated to empowering youth by providing services like teen pregnancy prevention programs in Lima regional schools.
“We are not looking to duplicate services or take over services in the community,” said Lisa McDuffie, CEO and President of YWCA of Northwest Ohio. “We are here to help wherever we can help to join the table to help bring services and programs to the area that are needed.”
At the new location, the YWCA has a business center and library services that are dedicated to providing teachers, childcare providers and community members with the resources they need to be more successful, according to Ogle. There are lamination machines for teachers and childcare providers to preserve their documents. Also, community members can utilize the computers and printers for printing important documents.
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio also offers a Teen Outreach Program, Family Literacy Fun Groups, training space for Ohio Approved Professional Development for childcare providers and a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.
“The next real push is to determine what else we should and could be doing in the community,” said McDuffie. “There were similar themes in Allen County that mirrored Lucas County that we would love to collaborate on.”
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