Calling Ebby Halliday “a woman of high integrity who has devoted her life to empowering women,” YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas leaders announced plans for a $7.3 million women’s center to be named Ebby’s Place in her honor. The announcement came as an early 103rd birthday gift to Ebby, whose birthday is this Sunday, March 9.
Ebby’s Place is designed to help lift economically challenged working women out of poverty. The new center will focus upon delivering a variety of new financial-empowerment programs, including small business/entrepreneurial and job training courses, as well as existing educational programs around childbirth and parenting, nutrition and preventive healthcare.
“Ebby is just delighted that the YW has chosen to put her name on this building,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO, of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “What an honor to know that this center will become a welcoming place where women can go to begin transformative changes that will make life better for them and their families.”
Located near the Dallas Medical District adjacent to the Inwood DART station and one block from a DART bus stop, the 20,000-square-foot Women’s Center will be housed in an existing 50-year-old, two-story building that is undergoing a complete renovation.
YW CEO Jennifer M. Ware says the need is tremendous. In Dallas County today, 286,000 women and girls live in poverty. According to experts, trends show this number will grow by nearly 100,000 to almost 400,000 women and girls by 2020.
“The stats are heartbreaking,” says Ware. “Here in Dallas County one in three single-female-led households live below the federal poverty line. The mission of Ebby’s Place is to begin changing those stats by helping women to gain financial independence.”