The YWCA Evanston/North Shore has announced that Sandy T. Williams has joined its staff as domestic violence residential and community services director.

In this newly created position, Williams will oversee the YWCA’s emergency domestic violence shelter, as well as services for women in the community who have not left their abusers. She also will be involved in launching a new program for survivors that will provide longer-term housing and support.

“I am excited to build on the great work that has been done at YWCA Evanston/North Shore,” said Williams, a marriage and family therapist with a master’s degree in public administration. “I want to look at new opportunities, strengthen community resources, address the effects of trauma on individuals and deepen our impact.”

The local YWCA’s CEO, Karen Singer, said, “Sandy has a wealth of experience working with families, the homeless and other vulnerable populations, so we’re thrilled that she’s joining us as we expand our programs and services to meet the needs of women and children who experience domestic violence.”

Prior to joining YWCA, Williams was director of development for Connections for Abused Women and their Children in Chicago.

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