Help Support The Cause!
September 29, 2017
The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc. continues to be at the forefront of social change to improve the lives of people living in our community. We strive every day to achieve race and gender equity, economic independence for women, respect for diverse cultures and a place where children and youth can strive to be the best that they can be.
The last 50 years, the YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc. has been providing services in the community. In 2016, we served a total of 286 victims and provided awareness through 105 community presentations and trainings for 8,217 people in our community; already in 2017 we have served 113 victims. The YWCA of Upper Lowlands, Inc. operates and maintains two facilities in Sumter: The Battered Women’s Shelter and the administration/service facility at 246 Church Street. The YWCA has served at the Church Street location since 1967, and has continued to serve the community since that time, and this year marks 50 years of service to our community.
The Safe House Shelter has been in existence since 1986. Our primary service is to victims of domestic violence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon Counties. The YWCA’s main objectives are to provide programs to assist men, women and children to redirect their lives in a positive way by responding to critical needs of the family.
Your contribution would help to ensure uninterrupted services and will make a positive difference in the lives of the women, children and families we serve.
The following services are provided by the YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc.
- Victim Advocacy
- Victim Support Groups
- Prevention and Education Services
- Speaker Bureau
- Parenting Classes
- Domestic Violence Classes
- Emergency Housing
- Case Management Services
- Transitional Housing
- Assistance with Legal issues
- Batterers Intervention Classes
- Volunteer Services
Call anytime and give your name and call back number.Make sure to unblock your phone.An advocate will call you back within ten minutes.For safety reasons, we will NOT leave call back messages.Language Line and TTY
- For bilingual and bicultural clients, all YWCA services are available with access to the language line in more than 100 languages.
- For clients in the deaf community, all YWCA services are available with access through TTY.
Crisis Counseling: Walk In or Office Appointments
- Clients can walk-in to the office and receive crisis counseling Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Confidential meeting spaces to explore options and safety planning while coping with domestic or sexual violence or stalking.
- Access emergency court accompaniment for domestic violence petitions (restraining orders) and stalking petitions.
- Access pro bono legal advocacy programs for final domestic violence petitions (restraining orders) hearings and divorce and custody (ONLY related to domestic violence).
- Apply for state and federal Victim’s Compensation funds which can be used for crime related expenses i.e. medical care, mental health counseling, relocation costs and emergency HIV medications.
- Obtain referrals for counselors specializing in treatment and support of victims/survivors recovering from interpersonal violence.
- Create a safety plan to safely escape from an abusive situation.
Help a friend who is being abused.
Let her know that the abuse is not her fault, listen to her, help her to identify resources and options, empower her to make choices for her safety, and provide nonjudgemental support and an opportunity for her to seek your support again.
Support Domestic Violence
Most hotlines, advocacy, or shelter organizations could benefit from your time, financial support and other donations. Call Us Today: (803)-840-3973.