Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

NEWBURGH – The Board of Directors and executive leadership of YWCA Orange County and SAFE HOMES of Orange County, the area’s leading non-profits serving women and girls, have entered into formal discussions aimed at developing a closer affiliation between the two organizations.

“Our two boards have appointed a joint task force to examine the potential of and options for our organizations to join forces,” said Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, executive director of SAFE HOMES.  “No decision has been made as there is much work to do yet, but we are very excited about the possibilities,” she noted.

“In these very challenging times for women and girls, it is even more critical to explore every option for strengthening services aimed at combating the resulting inequities of continued racism and sexism in our communities,” said Christine Sadowski, executive director of YWCA Orange County. “YWCA and SAFE HOMES have a long history of collaboration over the years and we have the opportunity now, through formal affiliation, to make an even greater impact in the lives of the women, girls, and families our respective agencies serve,” she observed.

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