Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Women's Empowerment Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

Three Agencies Join Together to Serve Women in Sudden Economic Distress
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Legal Services Association and Pennsylvania Women Work create the Women’s Empowerment Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 18, 2014):  Women experiencing sudden economic distress can now knock on the door of one agency and automatically open the door to services at two other agencies. The key is the Women’s Empowerment Initiative – created by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Legal Services Association and Pennsylvania Women Work – that offers career, legal and emergency services for women who unexpectedly find themselves in financial instability due to a life-changing event or situation.

Falling into poverty can happen abruptly for women. The sudden loss of a job or loved one can steer a woman into a dire economic situation – one she has never encountered before. Funded by the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Women’s Empowerment Initiative will help women in crisis situations take the necessary steps to connect to services and maintain self-sufficiency. These steps include free legal advice and/or representation, job readiness and training programs, and access to housing, childcare, healthcare and public benefits.

For more information, contact the Women’s Empowerment Initiative at 412-255-1488,
About YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Since its proud beginnings in 1869, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has worked to empower women and their families, advocate for fair and equitable conditions, and challenge social and racial injustice. As society has changed, so have the challenges we face. But women’s underlying need for support and encouragement that empowers them to take command of their lives and their families remains.

About Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) is a non-profit that offers free civil legal services to low-income, elderly, and abused individuals in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties. NLSA has provided civil legal services to more than 1,000,000 low-income clients and victims of domestic violence.

About Pennsylvania Women Work
Pennsylvania Women Work is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals from diverse backgrounds achieve economic self-sufficiency through job readiness, education, training and employment. PA Women Work provides free services, including the New Choices program, to thousands of women each year.


Laura Harwin
Director of Development and Marketing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1279 (phone)
412-391-5109 (fax)
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