YWCA Billings has been saving, changing and improving the lives of women and children for more than 111 years. Our umbrella of Transitional Services help people transition from violence and poverty to having jobs and living independently.
Victims of domestic violence are often unemployed and living in poverty, and find it difficult to escape their violent relationships. YWCA augments safe shelter with case management so victims can obtain skills training, find jobs and housing, and forge a brighter, stronger future.
YWCA’s on-site legal support for victims of domestic violence and others who qualify for YWCA programs is provided
by an attorney with specialized knowledge of domestic violence and civil law issues that affect YWCA clients.
The Clinical Services program offers trauma informed, issue-specific counseling to address the psychological and emotional effects of domestic and sexual violence. Counseling is provided holistically in conjunction with other YWCA services to allow victims to transition successfully from abuse to a life free from violence. And, Empowerment Hours© are provided weekly. These are one-hour gatherings every Wednesday from 1-2 pm featuring a variety of topics aimed at empowering victims, survivors, friends and families with practical information and skills on leading healthy lives free of violence. Each week, one of seven topics will provide information and skills related to the weekly theme. Participants will receive materials to facilitate discussion and to relate each topic to their own lives.
Gateway Vista Affordable Apartments
YWCA Billings offers affordable housing on our campus for low-income women and their children that also delivers wrap-around services to help adults obtain job training, employment counseling, child care, legal advocacy, and other services to help them obtain the skills and confidence needed to sustain independently. For more information, call Gateway Vista at 406.208.9773 or visit gatewayvista.org.
Employment & Training
We assist adults with moving forward into economic independency by connecting them to skills training and jobs in a variety
of career areas. These include, but are not limited to: CNA, Administrative Assistant, Activities Director, Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Accounting, and Business Administration. Training includes certification program, associate degree or the final two years of a bachelor’s degree.
- Assessment and Career Counseling
- Computer Lab and Training
- One-on-One Case Management
- Job Search and Interviewing Techniques
- Tuition and Books
- Cover letters, Resumes, and Online Applications
- Connections to Marketable Skills Training
Services are provided at no charge to qualified clients. A limited number of participant slots are available each year and qualifying for the program does not ensure enrollment. We often refer individuals to other agencies who are better able to provide needed services.
Qualifications for Enrollment
Candidates must be 18 years old or older and seeking full-time employment immediately or once training is complete. Only low-income or displaced homemakers are eligible.
The Employment and Training Center is currently seeking participants for Montana’s State Displaced Homemaker program. If you are a Montana resident, age 18 or older, and are currently seeking employment and training, please call for more information.
YWCA Employment & Training Program FAQs
Can Employment & Training help pay for my college tuition?
Yes, YWCA’s Employment & Training program can assist participants with funding for college tuition, certificate programs, and trade school. The training provider must be on Montana’s Eligible Training Provider List. Contact a case manager for more information regarding the Eligible Training Provider List.
I would like to go back to school but I owe money to the financial aid office for classes I failed in the past. Can you pay the outstanding balance so I can register for the upcoming semester?
No, YWCA’s Employment & Training program cannot provide funds to retake classes or to pay for past due balance or fines.
I am behind on payments such as those for my car and house. Can YWCA’s Employment & Training program cover the amount due?
No, YWCA’s Employment & Training funding cannot be used to pay for anything tied to a loan, including mortgages. While YWCA cannot assist with funds for a car or house payment, it is possible for Employment & Training participants to receive supportive services to help ease the financial burden of catching up on a past due bill.
I have been out of the workforce for many years and my résumé and computer skills need updating. Can YWCA’s Employment & Training program help?
Yes! Case managers can help revamp and update your existing résumé or help to create a whole new one. Case managers can also aid in job searching and improving interview skills. YWCA’s Employment & Training program can also provide funds to assist in paying for computer skills classes.
For additional information call 406.252.6303 and ask to speak to a case manager.