Carolyne Smith In a Pinch Fund

Carolyne Smith established the In a Pinch Fund to help women living at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg with one-time grants to cover immediate needs such as gas to get to a job interview, a winter coat, eyeglasses, a good haircut, or a new pair of shoes.

 "When you are trying to turn your life around, sometimes it's the tiny obstacles that prove the hardest to overcome," Carolyne said at the time the fund was established. Since then, the In a Pinch fund has helped numerous YWCA clients overcome the obstacles on their path to success. Here are a few true testimonials:

Client Obstacle

She was residing in the YWCA's Safe Haven program and receiving mental health services. A highly infectious skin condition was keeping her isolated and her health plan didn't cover the medication. In a Pinch paid for the treatment and she is now feeling better, interacting with family and participating in programs to help her work toward independence.

Client Obstacle

She had been incarcerated for most of her adult life, but is now working part-time and wants to become a counselor to help others in similar circumstances. Her barrier is getting to and from work. Through the In a Pinch Fund, Deborah received two monthly bus passes to cover her transportation so she can put her income toward paying off old fines that are holding her back.

Client Obstacle

She trained in her native Puerto Rico as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), but had been lured into human trafficking and was sheltered at the YWCA. She still dreamed of a nursing career but had no funds to take the next steps. In a Pinch covered fees for Tasha to register with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and take the Pennsylvania State LPN exam.

To make a contribution to the In a Pinch Fund in Carolyne's memory, please click on the donate link below or send a donation to the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, 1101 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17103


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