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YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Circle of Women Event THIS Thursday!

On Thursday, December 3, from 11:30am to 1:00pm, Beverly Gooden, domestic violence survivor, speaker, advocate, and the creator of #WhyIStayed will be the guest speaker at YWCA Northeast Indiana’s 19th Annual Circle of Women Luncheon. Beverly will share her story of why she stayed, and finally, why she left. As a presenter, Beverly speaks about domestic violence sensitivity, victim shaming, the culture of violence, intimate partner abuse on college campuses, and women’s empowerment. Beverly’s story has been profiled on Good Morning America, CNN, TIME, The Washington Post, HLN, Inside Edition,, and more. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and NBC’s TODAY.

This year’s event will take place at the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN. The Circle of Women Luncheon has raised fund to support YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Crisis Shelter, Prevention Education Services, Steps to Success Program, and other community-based programs that help domestic violence survivors become self-sufficient. Since 1976, YWCA Northeast Indiana has provided services to more than 150,000 individuals impacted by domestic violence.

With nearly 700 guests expected to attend this year’s luncheon, Beverly will be available for interviews from 10:00am to 10:40am on December 3rd at the Grand Wayne Center. This year’s Luncheon will also feature a major announcement from YWCA Northeast Indiana, which will positively impact the future of the entire Northeast Indiana community. Members of the media are welcome to attend the luncheon to listen to the announcement, as well as, Beverly Gooden’s address.

For more information about the Circle of Women luncheon, please visit or contact our local office at 260.424.4908.

About the YWCA

The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA, serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.

Since 1894, YWCA Northeast Indiana which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served.