The YWCA Central Massachusetts has established the Supporting Training Opportunities for Prevention (STOP) Fund in recognition of longtime YWCA employee Ginger Navickas. With her recent retirement as Director of Domestic Violence Services and Transitional Housing, the agency felt it was important to honor her commitment to the YWCA community, and her continued commitment to bettering the lives of women and children.

The Fund was created in order to focus on prevention education in the field of intimate partner violence. It was the brainchild of Executive Director Linda Cavaioli, who felt it would be a fitting tribute to the woman who put so much of herself into the programming at the YWCA. Recognizing that prevention education is key to long term change is an important concept, and funding for the community education component is always needed.

Ginger has been a part of the YWCA for more than 40 years. With so many people expressing an interest in commemorating her time here, violence prevention seemed like an excellent tribute. In terms of ending domestic violence, training and violence prevention education is key.

Lory Santoro, longtime Community Education Director for Domestic Violence Services at the YWCA, and newly promoted Daybreak Program Director, has worked with Ginger for more than16 years. “She has been a supervisor, a mentor, and has also become a friend,” Lory explained. “She embraced my passion for prevention education and has worked tirelessly to build our community education and outreach program.”

Ginger’s sister, artist and writer Susan Black, also became involved with the STOP Fund. She has raised money for the organization by donating proceeds from the sale of her children’s book, “Sometimes, people move away” – which is meant to open discussions about feelings that can come up when a situation occurs, as well as solutions to get through the tough times.

“I’m happy to be donating the profits from the sale of my book  to the YWCA’s STOP Fund for two reasons,” Susan explained. “First it supports their essential programs to help eliminate domestic violence, and second it honors my sister, Ginger Navickas, for her many years of service in that effort.”

In the years since she started working at the YWCA, Ginger has been involved in countless program, initiatives, events and collaborations to empower women most in need of support. Helping women overcome homelessness and domestic violence to build a new life for themselves has been one of her many accomplishments, and she continues to be an important part of the YWCA family. “Where else can you see lives changing for the better?” she asks.


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