Diane Schmeltz joined our staff at YWCA North Central
Indiana in June 2010 but it wasn’t her first time working for YWCA. After
graduating from Indiana University with her undergrad and master’s degrees Diane
began her career as a social worker at YWCA in Lafayette. In 2010 she was
working at a counseling agency helping a client look for a job when she came
across the open YWCA North Central Indiana position. “I said ‘that’s where I
belong,’” Diane remembered.
Diane finds her work as the Director of Clinical Services at
YWCA rewarding. She is proud of the mostly female staff and the work we do, taking
the mission of women empowering women to heart. The most rewarding moments are
witnessing that mission trickle down to the clients we serve as they passionately
support and empower one another.
Diane’s personal mission is to be a mentor for the
clinicians who begin their career at YWCA. She is proud of YWCA’s reputation
for hiring skilled young professionals. She enjoys sharing her passion for
social work with her team and inspiring them to never lose the fire that drives
Certainly Diane’s fire is still burning.
She beamed with pride as she recounted a story about a woman
who came to the shelter from her own hometown of Walkerton, Indiana. Diane
bonded with the client as she helped her through the culture shock she
experienced. Though she cried every night, with Diane’s support she made it through
all 45 days of her stay and went back to Walkerton to live on her own. When she
came back to visit 3 months later Diane hardly recognized her, both because of
the thirty pounds she had lost and her happy demeanor Diane hadn’t seen before.
Diane is invested in ending violence against women. She and
Anne Angel, the Director of our Elkhart Safe Haven shelter, regularly travel to
Indianapolis to lend their expertise on primary prevention to the Indiana
Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) movement to end violence against
women and girls. Diane is eager to see what affects their work will have nationally
and to bring the movement to South Bend.
A grandmother to three and dog mother to one, Diane spends
time with loved ones or a good book to relax and unwind, though her growing
stack of library books appears daunting. She enjoys mostly philosophical or
self-help books and recommends Richard Carlson’s Shortcut to Therapy to
the young clinicians she mentors.
YWCA North Central Indiana is grateful to have the
experience and passion of Diane Schmeltz on our team.