SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The “Black Lives Matter” movement now has the Springfield YWCA behind its cause.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood attended an event to support the work the YWCA has done for the community. The YWCA is most prominently known for its community services helping victims of domestic violence.
Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood made certain to attend the announcement, “The Springfield Police Department and the YWCA are great partners. They help us out tremendously when we’re looking for a place to stay for victims, whether its domestic violence or sexual assault, and they count on us to keep them safe.”
“We are looking forward to working closely with the city for giving us the opportunity to really look at what implementing our types of social services within those walls look like, and what we can do as a community, to be able to work together, to really promote change throughout the community,” said Aisha Pizarro of the Springfield YWCA.
As the Springfield YWCA expands it’s community activism portfolio, it points to being a shelter for battered women since 2004, having built 28 housing units on its ground mostly as a transitional home for women who’ve been victims of domestic violence..
“I am so appreciative of the work the YWCA of Western MA does for our Springfield community. The partnership between the City of Springfield and the YWCA has truly touched the lives of many, in a positive way, and I want to thank Executive Director Elizabeth Dineen for her continued efforts and leadership for supporting the many programs her agency provides to serve the needs of our community.”Mayor Sarno