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Debby Weinstein


Debby Weinstein is the Executive Director of the YWCA in Charleston, W. Va., where she oversees programs that serve thousands of struggling individuals in her community, including homeless women and their families, children of low-income families and victims of domestic violence and elder abuse.

Debby’s work with the YWCA began more than 30 years ago, when in 1983 she became the first director of YWCA Sojourner's Shelter for Homeless Women and Families. Over the years, her efforts have ranged from answering crisis hotlines and cleaning shelters to creating mission-driven impactful programs and building a high-profile network of supporters for the organization- a task she made top priority when she became Executive Director in 1997. Having worked at the program level for several years, Debby knew the YWCA needed to engage and enlist the support of state and local governments, corporations, benefactors and volunteers.

In all of her efforts, Debby places the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women first and foremost. She works tirelessly to ensure that all of the programs under her direction are fulfilling the mission and assisting program participants in re-claiming independent, productive lives. It is the plight and the subsequent accomplishments of the women, children and families the YWCA serves in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties that continue to inspire her work.

Debby Weinstein