SWEETWATER COUNTY — The YWCA of Sweetwater County is pleased to announce they have been awarded grants from United Way of Southwest Wyoming for the Sweetwater County Family Justice Center/Support and Safe House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The United Way of Southwest Wyoming is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, health and basic needs. The primary goal of United Way of Southwest Wyoming is to create sustainable and measureable results to improve lives through collaborative leadership and address critical community issues.
The Sweetwater County Family Justice Center is a multi-agency location providing comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and stalking.
Agencies through Sweetwater County including YWCA Support and Safe House, the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office, victim witness coordinator, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments, Wyoming Department of Family Services, Southwest Counseling Services and Legal Aide of Wyoming, are all co-located at the Center to eliminate the need for survivors to travel from agency to agency telling their stories thus decreasing the chances of getting help.
The YWCA Support and Safe House (SASH) provides services to survivors and victims of domestic violence/ sexual assault, their non-offending family members, and significant others. SASH provides a 24 hour-a-day crisis line and Safe House with basic necessities and has office in Rock Springs and Green River.
The program provides weekly and monthly support groups to survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault as well as community presentations to bring awareness to the problem.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides a one-to-one mentoring program for youth ages 6-16. Youth are matched with carefully screened adults who volunteer for the program and matches are supported by Program staff.
Studies conducted by Big Brothers Big Sisters America have shown that matches which last twelve months or more provide the greatest benefit to a young person. The Program Director works to support each match to assure this happens.
Additionally, individuals who are interested in being a “Big” (mentor) must be able to make at least a one year commitment to a match. BBBS is always looking for volunteer mentors to make a difference in the life of a young person.
The YWCA of Sweetwater County appreciates the continued support of the United Way of Southwest Wyoming.