YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley | Special Events

Keys of Hope Luncheon

2022 Keys of Hope Luncheon

We are incredibly grateful for our generous partners, supporters and friends giving the gift of hope. It is with your help that the women and families we serve across the Tennessee Valley are empowered to achieve their goals.

YWCA held its 12th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon on Thursday, April 28th, 2022. Thanks to our incredibly generous supporters, over $132,000 was raised to support YWCA's life-saving programs and services! If you were unable to join us, you can watch the recording of the event by clicking here!

Why Keys of Hope?

YWCA’s Keys of Hope Luncheon exists to support the YWCA’s essential Jenny Boyd Keys of Hope Women’s Program which provides safe, affordable housing for 58 women in downtown Knoxville for up to two years.

At the YWCA, 24-hour staff provides support and monthly programming for women to encourage goal planning, career advancement, self-care, budgeting, and permanent housing. In 2021, the YWCA housed 130 women and received over 2,000 calls for housing. The need is overwhelming!

Who Are the Women of Keys of Hope?

Like 87% of our residents, Sue* has a history of domestic violence. Last year, Sue lost her job and soon found herself homeless and living in a motel. She came to the YWCA seeking a safe place to start over. After meeting with a program counselor, Sue moved into the Jenny Boyd Keys of Hope Women’s Program. She participated in financial literacy classes and health and wellness classes. With job training, she was able to find new employment and pay off her debts. Sue is working full-time and recently saved enough money to transition into her own permanent housing.

Why YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley?

Funds raised through this event support life-changing programs that empower victims of domestic violence; provide a safe, nurturing environment for our most at-risk youth; encourage boys and men to prevent violence against women; and provide safe, affordable housing to women and their families, in Knoxville and throughout the Tennessee Valley.

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Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous partners for supporting YWCA's Keys of Hope Luncheon:

Key Partner

Promise Partner

Wanda & John Sobieski

Hope Partner

Interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Marina Taylor, Director of Development, at 865-523-6126 or mtaylor@ywcaknox.com. All sponsor benefits are tailored to best serve each partner.