YWCA Billings is dedicated to saving and changing lives. We offer women and children safe, affordable housing with transitional services 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 offers 24 affordable apartments on its campus to low-income individuals and families, with preference given to Gateway Shelter residents and other survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Residents have access to YWCA services at no cost, including financial, legal, and clinical counseling; education and skills training, and job placement. The help needed to get on the path to safe and sustainable future is readily available! For more information, call Gateway Vista at 406.208.9773 or visit gatewayvista.org
Here’s how YWCA made a difference for people this year.
- 8,202 nights of safe shelter and respite from violence were provided to 177 women, 1 man, and 113 children
- 787 adults and 150 child victims were provided support through other individualized services
- 2,472 calls were taken on YWCA’s 24-hour help line
- 100 rape victims were accompanied to the hospital and provided follow-up services by trained volunteers
- 136 victims of domestic and sexual violence received legal consultation to obtain orders of protection, child custody and advocacy related to criminal victimization
- 144 Gateway shelter residents received case management to assist with planning for independence and sustainability
- 59 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.
- 45 women who resided at Gateway shelter transitioned successfully into safe, stable housing
- 90 victims of violence received 479 hours of professional counseling to address the trauma of their abuse
- 4,816 volunteer hours were provided to support victims of violence and sexual assault
- 160 hours were spent delivering community educational outreach and collaborating with partner agencies
- 78 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years benefited from school-readiness curriculum, emerging literacy, social skills training, and age-appropriate music and movement classes
- 62 percent of families with children in the Child Center received financial subsidies to assist with monthly childcare costs.
- 35,760 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.