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I Am Not Alone

I had just finished dinner with my fiancé on Sunday, Aug. 10, when I saw the headline flash across his Internet home page, “Police: Black teen shot in Missouri was unarmed.” I found myself saying out loud, “What is wrong with the world? How many more black teenagers have to die before people get fed… Read more »

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The First Step: Recognition

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time….But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.” – Anonymous Aboriginal Woman “White privilege is like a big, invisible stick,” a friend of mine said recently. “White people will walk into a room of… Read more »

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The Simple Dollar Guide to Financial Independence for Women

Guide To Financial Independence For Women While everyone defines financial independence a little differently, there are some common denominators that apply to all of us. It means you’re able to completely support yourself without the help of outside parties, including family, friends, partners or excessive debt. It means relying on your own steady income and… Read more »

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YW Talks: A Community Social Justice Series with Lisa Parks

With the pervasiveness of mobile technology in Western society today, it can sometimes be hard to imagine a time without cell phones. Yet in many parts of the world, this this technology is just taking off.  On Friday, August 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at YWCA Missoula, University of California- Santa Barbara Professor Lisa… Read more »

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Reflections on Race

“If I didn’t feel so guilty about being white I would…be better able to teach my kids about racism.” The words left my mouth before I realized I had formed the sentence. We were three weeks into our Eliminating White Racism class, and my discussion partner gave me an empathetic nod. As someone who doesn’t… Read more »

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Moving On…

Twelve months ago, I began my service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at YWCA Missoula, and I must say, this year has been one of the most rewarding I’ve ever had. Before VISTA, I had been involved with the YWCA as an intern and volunteer, but my passion and commitment to the mission of the YWCA… Read more »

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Reflections: A Year at Gateway

I am a student with the Masters in Social Work program, (MSW), at the University of Montana. My practicum placement this year was with the Ada’s Place Gateway/Emergency Housing program. The program helps homeless families with a stay in a motel and offers case management services to aid in finding housing, employment, and other services… Read more »

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YWTalks: A Community Social Justice Series Wrap-Up

Well folks, the YW Talks: Community Social Justice Series has coming to an end. It has been a wonderful season this year with a combination of men and women speakers addressing social justice issues that are pertinent to women and those of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We also changed the name of our series from the… Read more »

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Fight For Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking, Montana & the World

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Montana Mansfield Center Conference on Human Trafficking: “Fight for Hope & Freedom – Human Trafficking, Montana and the World” April 16th and 17th  at the University Center – FREE ADMISSION         Human Trafficking is modern day slavery exploiting an estimated 30 million people worldwide. More people are living in slavery… Read more »

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Reflections On Race and Reading

When I was a kid I loved to read so much that my mom would ground me from reading the way other parents would ground their kids from TV. I had to have a book EVERYWHERE I went, even the supermarket. This reading addiction, while not always beneficial to social interaction, was beneficial for my… Read more »