The YWCA Billings, 909 Wyoming Ave., will host a sharing session of real-life stories of the New Beginnings ministry in Mexico — a program similar to YWCA Gateway — from 5.30 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. Call 252-6303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
The program will feature Dorothy Greatrex, a native of Vancouver, Canada, who left her home and work behind 15 years ago to volunteer at an orphanage in Mexico. She founded New Beginnings three years ago in an effort to help women escape from violent relationships and start a new future.
YWCA Billings adopted the New Beginnings project because its mission is closely aligned with its own — saving, changing and improving lives by offering shelter and support for victims of violence.
Stan Parker, of Pronghorn Productions in Billings, will share a video he created based on his conversations with Greatrex and the residents of the house while in Mexico in January. Parker traveled to Mexico with two artists who translated some of the women's stories into portraits. Prints of these artworks will be for sale on Thursday with a portion of the sales going to New Beginnings.