YOU CAN CHANGE THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND FAMILIES IN NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY
Join YWCA for the 11th annual Keys of Hope Luncheon! Due to COVID-19, this year's luncheon will be virtual, but there are multiple ways that you can get involved:
1: Sign up to be a "Host for Hope" and invite your friends to your home, office, or favorite outdoor patio to enjoy the program together. Your gift of $500 will provide you with 10 individually packaged meals to share with your in-person guests. Hosts will pick up the meals before the event on May 6. Hosts for Hope can also invite an unlimited number of virtual guests to tune in, as well. Your donation will benefit the life-saving programs of the YWCA. This is a fun way to bring your friends together around a cause you love.
2: Register to attend as an individual. Registration is free.
On the day of the event, you will receive an email reminder with a link to watch the live event. You will experience the inspirational stories of women who have overcome domestic violence and trauma and are now on the path to healing. Connect with friends in the online chat and celebrate donations as they happen in real time!
Why YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley?
Funds raised through this event support life-changing programs that empower victims of domestic violence; provide a safe, nurturing environment for our most at-risk youth; encourage boys and men to prevent violence against women; and provide safe, affordable housing to women and their families, in Knoxville and throughout the Tennessee Valley.
Keys of Hope Luncheon History
YWCA’s Keys of Hope Luncheon was conceived in 2010 to support the YWCA’s essential Keys of Hope Women’s Program which provides safe, affordable housing for 58 women in downtown Knoxville for up to two years.
The women we serve are empowered to seek lives beyond the ones they’ve been living: through improved employment and financial wellbeing, stable housing, and valuable new life skills, our clients are prepared for independent living. In 2019, the YWCA housed 143 women and received over 735 calls for housing. The need is overwhelming!
Impact of COVID-19
Employment and improvement are part of the goals our clients work toward. Most work low-wage jobs and will struggle to make ends meet even during the best times. The economic uncertainty faced by vulnerable people is expressed clearly by our residents, whose progress was all but halted when the COVID-19 pandemic first began in our community. Nearly 1/3 of Keys of Hope clients lost their job during the first half of the pandemic, but here we are a year later! Our clients have been resilient and steadfast in their journeys to self-sufficiency and employment.
The pandemic has impacted not just our Keys of Hope clients, but every woman and family we serve in our region. Families and students served at YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville have been impacted by school and after-school program closings and high rates of unemployment. While many of us sheltered in the safety of our homes, we know that home was not a safe place for domestic violence victims in our community. Throughout this crisis, victims have been forced to shelter in place with their abusers and rates of child abuse have increased. YWCA responded by offering virtual support groups in English, Spanish, French and Arabic for women to join in on from a safe space. Domestic violence services never stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Advocates were creative in their ways of communicating and connecting with survivors.
Calls for YWCA services continue to grow and our advocates and staff are committed to meeting the growing needs of our community. Help is available 24-hours a day at 865-523-6126.