YWCA is on a mission to save, change, and improve the lives of women and children who have had to overcome problems the rest of us never face.
Our services — which are unduplicated in our region — help people transition from violence and poverty to living independently. With our support, families heal from their trauma and start anew.
For more than 22 years YWCA’s Gateway Shelter has provided safe refuge for victims of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking so that women and children are secure and able to heal on all levels –physical, mental, and emotional. The maximum stay in our shelter is 12 weeks and is free of charge, as are food, toiletries, and supportive services.
Legal services, support for finding housing, professional counseling, case management, skills-building classes, and financial empowerment courses are also provided at no charge. We help families map out and stay on the path that will enable them to be safe and have the jobs and housing they need for a sustainable future.
The most critical measure of our impact is simple. That is the number of individuals who make the final decision to leave their abuser and with the support of YWCA services, move forward to a life free from domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and poverty.
We rely on private foundations, corporations, federal grants, and individual donors to assist us in providing shelter, housing, and supportive services.