The Executive Director of the YWCA, Kellie Goodwyn-McBride says homelessness is a major issue in Helena.
In this week's Lifestyles Report, Beartooth NBC's Kelley Smith visited the facility and talked to McBride about why she is so passionate about helping her community. Executive Director of the YWCA, Kellie Goodwyn-McBride says finding herself working at the YWCA was fate.
Goodwyn-McBride says, "I had a great job that I loved and I don’t know why I was looking in the paper but happened to see the announcement for this position the Executive Director for the YWCA and knew immediately that that was my dream job."
McBride has a degree at in human services, volunteered for many years, and had a diverse career. She says she needed that background to succeed in her current position.
Goodwyn–McBride says, "I've done a little government work, a little nonprofit work, volunteering. So I've done a little bit of everything and used everything I have learned to make it work here at the Y."
It's been 4 years since she accepted the position and she says it has been very fulfilling. She says many positive changes have been made to the "Y" since she has been there including offering beneficial programs and career services that help the women who live there.
Goodwyn-McBride says, "We figured it out. Got some small grants and hired some great staff. We have 2 case managers that work directly with the woman here."
McBride says she looks forward to more changes to come this year. The building will be renovated to make it more family friendly. McBride says it will be equipped with classrooms and a larger kitchen.
McBride says renovation for the building should begin in May. The building will be closed while it is under repair, but the women living there will be provided with other accommodations until the construction is complete.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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