In addition to campaigning against domestic violence against women, Mayor Mike Rawlings has put equal emphasis on promoting the development of women’s abilities and talents in and out of the home. That’s why he was front and center at the official ribbon-cutting for the new, 20,000-square-foot YW Women’s Center (aka Ebby’s Place) on Thursday, May 14.
Instead of arriving in his official mayoral SUV, Big Mike arrived at the center located at Maple and Denton Drive via DART along with DART President Gary Thomas, YW CEO Jen Ware, and City Councilperson Jennifer Staubach Gates.
Gary said, “We think the location of this facility near this specific station is significant. Not only can YWCA clients enjoy easy access to DART, we hope they’ll be inspired and empowered by the theme of this station, ‘Tree of Knowledge.’ We are very happy that YW clients who are seeking ways to empower themselves for a better life can use DART.”
It’s hard to believe that the new building is the YW’s “first physical presence in more than 10 years.” The center will “help women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, successful in the workplace and financially secure.”
The mayor told how his Task Force on Poverty that works with women and children living in poverty will be enhanced by the YW’s “reinventing itself to adapt to today’s needs.” He also mentioned the challenge for “others in the community to step up to help move women and children out of poverty.”
Others in attendance included Brent Christopher, Carolyn Perot Rathjen, City Councilperson Adam Medrano, Ka Cotter, Anne Motsenbocker, Mary Poss, Debbie Dennis, Jessie Burgess, Petey Parker, Anne Kniffen, Hilda Galvan, Laura Estrada, Suzanne Smith and Cathy Manning.
* Photo credit: Jason Janik