Women's and Gender Studies Community Partners and Initiatives
The YWCA of High Point is a community leader dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. The organization offers programs in Women’s Resources, Wellness, Youth, and Diversity. Some YWCA resources include a Career Closet for women emerging in the workplace, a Baby Basics Closet for new mothers, a computer lab, and library, as well as multiple educational programs.
West End Ministries
West End Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 2001 by a coalition of three churches. West End Ministries has been living the answer to the question “who is my neighbor?” through programs that address both the immediate and long term needs of the community. West End Ministries is a growing force that provides a safe and supportive environment for those who live, learn, work and worship in the West End of High Point.
The mission of Leslie’s House is to provide a safe haven for homeless women without dependents. Leslie’s House provides respite and choices to help create a healthy and self-sufficient life for their guests. Today, Leslie’s House is open to women without dependents 18 years of age and older. Leslie’s House offers 22 emergency shelter beds, hot meals, toiletries, case management, life skills classes and most importantly, hope. Residents have a safe place to stay while stabilizing their lives and making plans for the future.
The Wedding Dress Project
The Wedding Dress Project was developed as an artful way to help victims of domestic violence cope with and grow beyond their experiences; to help teens envision and engage in dialogue about what healthy relationships look like; and to help all participants learn to recognize early warning signs of domestic abuse. The project engages the community through dress deconstruction workshops that allow groups of teens and/or adult victims to deconstruct, re-imagine, and rebuild aspects of wedding dresses as well as their personal selves. Art objects and writings from the workshops are displayed publicly and collectively raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and encourage community involvement in its prevention.