YWCA Billings is dedicated to saving and changing lives. We offer women and children safe, affordable housing with transitional programs that offer a hand up rather than a hand out—helping people gain solid footing and break out of the cycles of violence and poverty. We are also committed to YWCA USA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Adults enrolled in YWCA programs benefit from life-changing services at no charge.
- Case Management
- Legal Services for Civil Matters
- Skills Training, Education, and Job-Finding
- Clinical Services Counseling
- Financial Counseling / Credit Repair
- Tuition Assistance for Child Care
Gateway Vista Apartments will offer these same services and affordable housing.
YWCA Billings’ is fund raising to build affordable housing for low- to moderate income level families–especially women and their children who are trying to break away from a life of violence and poverty. Our vision is to offer housing that will allow people to stay on our campus longer than their Gateway Shelter residency with wrap-around services and other support so we can help people change their lives and create sustainable futures. Gateway Vista tenants will be enrolled in YWCA programs and have access to on-site, life-changing services along with affordable rents.
Here’s how YWCA made a difference for people this year.
- 8,310 nights of safe shelter and respite from violence were provided to 151 women, 3 men, and 100 children
- 560 adults and 132 child victims were provided support through other individualized services
- 1,297 calls were taken on YWCA’s 24-hour help line
- 85 rape victims were accompanied to the hospital and provided follow-up services by trained volunteers
- 133 victims of domestic and sexual violence received legal consultation to obtain orders of protection, child custody and advocacy related to criminal victimization
- 84 Gateway shelter residents received case management to assist with planning for independence and sustainability
- 100 adults and displaced homemakers were assisted in obtaining training and employment with a focus on serving people within regions with exceedingly high unemployment, such as Big Horn County.
- 49 women who resided at Gateway shelter transitioned successfully into safe, stable housing
- 60 victims of violence received 392 hours of professional counseling to address the trauma of their abuse
- 5,960 volunteer hours were provided to support victims of violence and sexual assault
- 120 hours were spent delivering community educational outreach and collaborating with partner agencies
- 108 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years benefited from school-readiness curriculum, emerging literacy, social skills training, and age-appropriate music and movement classes
- 42 percent of families with children in the Child Center received financial subsidies to assist with monthly childcare costs.
- 36,433 healthy and delicious meals per year provided at breakfast, lunch and snack time the through the Nutrition for Learning program. All servings are prepared without processed foods in compliance with the Montana Child and Adult Care Food Program.