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YWCA of Jamestown
The Board of Directors and staff of the YWCA of Jamestown honored outgoing executive director Beth Oakes at a reception at their downtown location on Friday, March 9, 2018. Oakes, who has served as the director since September 2000, will be leaving this month to become executive director of the Child Advocacy Program.
Under her leadership the organization was able to achieve financial stability, operating with an annual budget in excess of $2 million, increasing its staff to over 80 employees with an expanded scope to include 13 programs at seven different sites. Program sites include: the YWCA’s downtown location at 401 North Main Street, the Chadakoin Building; four different afterschool programs at Jamestown Public School’s Bush and Fletcher elementary school and Washington and Jefferson middle schools; and the YW Camp Lakeside summer camp program on Terrace Avenue in Lakewood.
While proud of all the programs, Oakes names the organization’s Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange program as one which she is most excited. Working collaboratively with local organizations and courts to encourage positive parent-child relationships as well as happy visitations, this YWCA program oversees approximately 140 visitations per month.
During Friday’s reception, Oakes was praised by friends, family, co-workers and dignitaries for her tireless efforts in making the community a better place. A plaque was presented dedicating the buildings music room in Oakes honor, now named the Beth Oakes Music Room.
The YWCA of Jamestown’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more information about the YWCA of Jamestown and its programs, call 488-2237 or visit ywcaofjamestown.com.