October 2021

October 2021


The team at YWCA Northeast Indiana is beyond grateful for the support we receive from community members throughout our six county service area. We receive overwhelming support during Domestic Violence Awareness month and are beyond grateful! Mission-passionate people and organizations show their support in numerous ways, offering their time, talents, and treasure.

To summarize just some of the support, we want to extend our heart-filled gratitude to the numerous people who take time to attend domestic violence awareness events such as Flowers on the River, Chalk-it-Up, and our Circle event. Our community dignitaries offer proclamations. Our social media friends help to spread our messaging, knowing that the information they share could possibly save a life. Schools and companies host our community educators so we are able to share content to help keep their youth and employees safe. Corporations sponsor our Circle event, raising life-changing dollars for our domestic violence services. And, numerous individuals invest $100 by registering to attend our Circle event, knowing that their gift will make a huge difference in the lives of others. Speaking of Circle, registration closes on Monday, October 18th, so there’s still time to register!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!! We have a group of devoted individuals serving on our Circle Committee, Board, and various committees. We have churches and companies that rally participants, whether that is conducting a drive for items we may need for our clients, or getting dirty with manual labor projects, which has included helping with cleaning, painting, landscaping and renovations at our new facility, The Hefner Center.  In this edition, we highlight one of our remarkable volunteers, Marilyn Moran-Townsend. She has been instrumental in the production of our Circle event over the years. Just wait to see what she has done this year! Thank you, Marilyn! Words cannot express our gratitude!!

We also have remarkable leaders that help us spread the message about the importance of empowering others, and do so by leading by example. This month, we feature Fire Chief Eric Lahey, Andie Hines-Lagemann, and Sharon Tubbs. We also must thank our Empowering Leaders sponsor, Fort Wayne Metals, and our Power of Persimmon media partner, glo magazine! Learn more about these rock stars below!

Forgive the boast, but our team of folks at YWCA Northeast Indiana are the best! Our Board, leadership, and staff go beyond the extra mile to ensure we are serving the needs of our community. We all give 100% of ourselves, working hard for the mission and our clients.

And, it is because of our donors who invest in our mission and people like you who help support us that enables us to do what we do. YOU make it all possible. Thank you!


Domestic Violence Services

YWCA Northeast Indiana’s domestic violence services began over 45 years ago when the crisis shelter, now called Bonnie’s House, was established. Bonnie’s House was the first shelter in Indiana dedicated specifically to people experiencing domestic violence and remains the largest domestic violence shelter in Indiana today.

YWCA provides a comprehensive continuum of care that wraps people experiencing domestic violence in a circle of support.

Opportunity Services encompasses residential services for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and includes:

  • Bonnie’s House, our crisis shelter available for individuals or families leaving a domestic violence situation
  • Licensed therapists to help victims cope with trauma from domestic violence or sexual assault
  • A Housing Coordinator who works with residents of Bonnie’s House to secure housing
  • 24/7 crisis line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

Success Services encompasses the support system provided to clients dealing with domestic violence or sexual assault:

  • Each client works with the same Advocate for the entire duration of their connection to YWCA NEIN. Advocates will walk with their client from crisis to self-sufficiency.
  • Advocacy services include connection to resources, such as financial assistance and education, housing assistance, nutrition education, therapy, etc.

In 2020, 291 adults and 204 children were sheltered at Bonnie’s House, and 590 individuals in the community or staying at Bonnie’s House received advocacy services.

Halfway through 2021, 161 adults and 105 children were sheltered, and 325 individuals have received advocacy services, reflecting about a 10% increase in the need for YWCA services in 2021 compared to the same time period in 2020. We need the ongoing support of people like you to continue providing our life-changing services!


Marilyn Moran-Townsend

Marilyn Moran-Townsend (she/her) is co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CVC Communications – Business Storytellers©. CVC is a certified woman-owned company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For 40 years, the company has served local and global corporations by skilling-up their employees and sales force through highly engaging, highly interactive, media-rich, custom eLearning.


In addition to her executive duties, Marilyn provides presentation coaching for corporate executives, candidates, and celebrities, including Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner, and Lisa Beamer (the spouse of Flight 93 hero Todd Beamer).

Marilyn’s record of servant leadership is wide and deep, having served 45-plus state and local organizations, boards and advisory councils. She has chaired both the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Says Marilyn, “I work to feed my civic habit!”


In 2004, Marilyn received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Governor’s highest award, for her contribution to her State and her community. She’s the former State Small Business Person of the Year, Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year, Indiana Business Leader of the Year; and Marilyn and her 3 co-founders of AVOW Advancing Voices Of Women were named 2018 Citizen of the Year for Fort Wayne.

Marilyn attended and supported the very first YWCA Circle of Women 25 years ago. The next year was the first year for the Sustaining Circle and Marilyn became a member. She has been a Sustaining Circle member for all 24 years. Also the second year of Circle, Marilyn was recruited to serve as the Volunteer Producer of Circle, a role she has loved for 24 years!


YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Power of Persimmon (POP) initiative honors empowered women who diligently seek to help empower other women through mentorship, networking, and education. Kudos to these remarkable women!


Sharon Tubbs
 (she/her) is an inspirational speaker, a nonprofit director, and an author of faith-based books. A tidbit of knowledge that she shares is that “humility is drastically under-rated. Yet, it is key to gaining the patience and insight you need to see how your journey should play out in this world.” Learn more about Sharon here.


Andie Hines-Lagemann (she/her) is an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and recently launched Tidewater Coaching. Prior to this, she had a successful career in marketing and corporate event planning. Andie talks about shifting the work/life balance mindset to a work/life blending approach. Learn more here.

Stay tuned to upcoming newsletters to see who will be featured next in Power of Persimmon! Thank you to our media partner, glo magazine.


25th Annual Circle Event



Everything is possible, even the impossible. Discover it for yourself. October 18th is the last day to register! ywcanein.com/Circle


Chief Eric Lahey


Featured in this month’s Empowering Leaders Video Series is Eric Lahey, Fire Chief for the City of Fort Wayne.

Learn more about Eric here.

Thank you to Chief Eric Lahey for being our featured empowering leader! We are also thankful for our corporate partner, Fort Wayne Metals, for sponsoring this initiative.


Purple Fridays



Wear purple on Fridays throughout October as a conversation starter about domestic violence. Encourage your family, friends, and co-workers to also participate and raise awareness! You can download our Purple Fridays flyer here. Use the hashtags #DVAM2021 and #Every1KnowsSome1 and don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts!

Goldstein Family Scholarship Program


The goal of the Goldstein Family Scholarship Program is to help female survivors of domestic violence improve their self-sufficiency and quality of life by completing higher education. The scholarship fund provides financial support for tuition, books, rent, utilities, and childcare. Learn more here.


If you would like to financially support YWCA Northeast Indiana, you can access our donation page by following this link.