YWCA Greensboro to sell building

Jean Pudlo
Jean Pudlo

Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — To better focus on its mission, YWCA Greensboro plans to sell its building and focus on three core programs, including a teen parent mentor program, a summer day camp and an after-school program

The YWCA also plans to conduct a needs assessment, and develop programs that address racial justice and the empowerment of women, and build on its network of women leaders.

The group plans within a few months to move into leased space and market the building it built in 1971.

The changes are part of an ongoing effort by the YWCA to boost its finances in the face of an annual deficit that grew to $185,000 in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.

In the past year, the YWCA has reduced its annual budget to roughly $600,000 from roughly $1.1 million, and within a few months will have reduced its staff to the mid-20s from about 50, says Jean Pudlo, interim executive director.

The group also has kept overdue accounts payable to about $90,000 in the six month since she joined the YWCA as its interim chief.

“We’re keeping up with current expenses and making slow progress on past expenses,” she says. “The good news is it’s not any bigger.”

Judi Rossabi, president of the YWCA board, says she hopes to have a search for a new executive director underway by the end of the summer.

The YWCA, which earlier this year ended its aquatics and fitness programs, now will concentrate on programs it says will advance its missions of “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

Its teen-parent mentor program, now in its 25th year, provides support for 250 teens and 100 young adult mothers, while its summer day camp provides six one-week sessions that serve 50 to 60 elementary-and-middle-school-age children a week.

Because of cuts in state funding, the YWCA will offer its after-school care at only two middle schools, serving 60 to 80 kids, down from six sites that served 235 kids.

Before it moves from its current building, the YWCA plans to close its program that serves 15 pre-school kids and their families.

The YWCA says in a statement that the changes it is making are “consistent with action by other YWCAs that have realigned their activities with their mission, closed aquatics and fitness programs and moved to facilities that better fit their new activities.”

YWCA’s in Raleigh, in Greenville, S.C., and in Richmond, Va., have made similar moves, the statement says.

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