The YWCA opened its doors in 1888, and is currently in its 128th year of service. Executive Director Jean Brown is in her 21st year in this role.
What We Do:
Since 1888, the YWCA St. Joseph has opened its doors to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice and dignity for all. Last year, this included 16,700 nights of safety in our 24-hour shelter for abused or homeless women and children.
Why We’re Great:
For the past 128 years, thousands of women have found hope for situations that at first seemed hopeless through the YWCA St. Joseph. Through protective shelter and counseling for rape or domestic violence women find courage to make a new start daily.
Why We Deserve Your Support:
The YWCA is like no other. Hour by hour, our doors are open to crisis experienced by women and children, and often young children. They arrive with only what they could carry. They leave with courage and a plan to build a life of hope, not fear.
What We Need:
Help with emergency shelter costs, including new staff; essential items for women making a new start.