YWCA Kalamazoo & SAAM
Among many other wraparound services, YWCA Kalamazoo offers shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and victim advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.
In addition, YWCA provides sexual assault nurse examinations (SANE) 24 hours/ 7 days a week at no cost. When a SANE is required, clients are accompanied by volunteer supportives to guide them through the process and offer follow-up services.
Clients also receive care kits that contain various comfort items, many of which are donated by the community. One of the most important components of these care kits is a letter from another survivor of sexual assault.
The power of community engagement is undeniable. As part of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month project, we would like to collect more letters from survivors as these can have a lasting and meaningful impact on someone experiencing a difficult event.