Ryan and Jeannell Ashley wanted nothing more than to raise their children in a happy, loving home. Instead, they lost everything after taking out payday loans and getting trapped in a cycle of debt. Fortunately, the staff of YWCA Central Alabama helped them get back on their feet, and the Ashleys have been self-sufficient for more than a year.
The family was among those celebrated at the 18thAnnual Purse & Passion Luncheon, held April 20 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Nearly 1,500 supporters attended the event and opened their purses and wallets to raise critical funds to help the women, children and families served by the YWCA.
The theme of the luncheon was “Gifts of Grace,” and those in attendance celebrated the gifts the YW provides for those in crisis.