The YWCA of Central Mass – Virtual Panel

The YWCA of Central Mass – Virtual Panel
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The YWCA of Central Mass – Virtual Panel

The YWCA is a 162 years old nonprofit dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. It is one of the oldest and largest multicultural organizations promoting solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and families. On May 27th, we will be joined by 3 representatives from the Central Mass branch who will share with us some of the ways the organization support victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. Combined they have 26 years’ experience working in DV.

Evelyn Cabrera, Manager of Residential Services of the YWCA Central Mass, has always had a personal connection to this organization. Her family was the first to enter the YWCA’s, then called Daybreak, shelter when it opened in 1984 allowing her mother to break the cycle of domestic violence. Both Evelyn’s mom and aunt worked at the shelter, years after her family had left, to provide the same support they had received while being there. Despite her professional career beginning in banking, Evelyn found her way back to the YWCA Central Mass starting off as a volunteer at the shelter she once was a participant at. She next worked her way up to part-time advocate to full-time, then assistant manager to the role she fulfills now as manager.

As a Residential Services Manager, Evelyn manages the organization’s shelters which provides refuge for survivors of Domestic Violence at safe and confidential sites. She also manages the helpline and chat line for victims of Domestic Violence not residing in shelter. These are the only confidential shelters in Central Massachusetts. Additionally, she secures funding for the program and manages Shelter Advocates who provide support, advocacy, and counseling to participants. 


Elizabeth Rhodes, Supervisor of North Central Community Based Services. Elizabeth provides counseling and advocacy to victims/survivors and directly supervises the advocates providing these services in North Central Massachusetts. She also coordinates the YWCA Domestic Violence 101 workshop series and other educational offerings for community members and professionals. 


Craig Mortley, Supervisor of Intervention Services. Craig provides direct services to victims/survivors who are court and law enforcement involved.  He directly supervises YWCA’s court base advocacy program, Worcester Intervention Network advocate and co-chairs with the DA’s office the 5 Worcester County Domestic Violence high risk teams.


New England Base Camp is dedicated to serving families by providing programs and resources that enable and empower communities to work together to raise children of character. Typically, we do this through our interactive Outdoor Education, STEM and civic resources. However, throughout the “Stay at Home” season we have adapted those resources to meet needs of youth and families through virtual programs. One of those programs is our Virtual Speaker Series.

The programs can be used to enhance your child’s extracurricular activities or educational objectives. New England Base Camp is founded on the principals of the BSA curriculum and supports Scouts throughout all our programs. New England Base Camp seeks to build and support a diverse community of people who come from and interact with folks from every community we serve. Every person who participates in New England Base Camp has a right to expect an environment that is welcoming and values the richness of their lives and experience.

Each session is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register online. 

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There are no refunds.

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