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The YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities.


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Program Impact


Women receive support and advocacy to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Services


Children and mothers develop new tools needed for success in life including job and school readiness.

Education & Job Training


Children and youth receive outreach and counseling to help cope with trauma and develop health relationship skills.

Children's Services

It Takes Courage

I didn’t recognize all the signs. They started so small and built up slowly over time. It wasn’t all bad. A lot of it was really wonderful. The violent episodes were sometimes years apart. That is what made it so hard, so confusing.

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Your voice has power and can have an amazing impact in your community. There are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families on a local level and nationally.



We believe in a community where all women and children have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity.

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Upcoming events

Featured Event

Little Black Dress Rooftop Cocktails Aug 18

Shake it up with us on the YWCA rooftop while you enjoy a custom made cocktail, watch the sun set, and support the important work of the YWCA Spokane.

Little Black Dress Rooftop Cocktails

Upcoming Events

Strategies for the Faith Community’s Response to Violence @ City Church
Aug 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Strategies for the Faith Community’s Response to Violence @ City Church | Spokane | Washington | United States

Faith Partners is a collaborative effort from the YWCA Spokane, Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network, Create Your Statement, and Abuse Recovery Ministry and Services. The goal is to provide education, resources and support for faith communities so they can facilitate advocacy, sanctuary and healing for people affected by domestic violence.

The Faith Partners are facilitating a free workshop on Monday August 8th called “Strategies for the Faith Community’s Response to Violence”.  This free event is open to the public and will be located at the City Church, 1047 W Garland Ave, Spokane. Keynote speaker is Stuart Vogalman, Executive Pastor and Security Director for Valley Real Life in Chaplain Washington.

In addition to hearing the Keynote speaker, attendees can expect to receive a domestic violence training, hear survivor stories, enjoy a free breakfast, be provided with an opportunity to network, and receive helpful resources.

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Little Black Dress Rooftop Cocktails @ YWCA Rooftop
Aug 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Little Black Dress Rooftop Cocktails @ YWCA Rooftop | Spokane | Washington | United States

Shake it up with us on the YWCA rooftop while you enjoy a custom made cocktail, watch the sun set, and support the important work of the YWCA Spokane.

Little Black Dress (LBD) is a dedicated group of amazing women who, while enjoying each other’s company during a girls night out, also generate important financial support and community awareness to help ensure all women in our community have access to the support and services that help them heal, grow, and thrive.

Inspirational and educational mission moments are provided at each event throughout the year to keep this diverse group of engaged women informed on issues related to domestic violence, trauma support and education for children, job readiness for women, and racial and social injustices that exist.

We hope you can join us!

Learn more about Little Black Dress.

2016 Women of Achievement IMPACT Luncheon @ Davenport Grand Hotel
Oct 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
2016 Women of Achievement IMPACT Luncheon @ Davenport Grand Hotel | Spokane | Washington | United States

2016 Women of Achievement IMPACT Luncheon

For 34 years, YWCA of Spokane has celebrated high achieving women in the community at this annual luncheon. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored more than 200 women in the region.

Winners of a YWCA Woman of Achievement Award embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community in one or more of the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business & Industry
  • Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science,Technology & Environment

The luncheon is designed to express gratitude for our local winners, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community.

The Women of Achievement IMPACT luncheon has evolved into YWCA of Spokane’s largest fundraising event, sponsored by more than 25 companies and organizations each year, and is one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for women.

All proceeds raised by this important event directly benefit the YWCA’s services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children.

Keynote Speaker

YWCA of Spokane is pleased to announce that Ashley Judd—actress, author, and social advocate—will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Woman of Achievement Awards Luncheon.

While she may be known more for her work in movies and as the daughter and sister, respectively, to country signers Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd has spent decades working as a humanitarian and activist. She has spoken out on a variety of issues from the impacts of coal mining in the southeast to youth with AIDS to alleviating poverty and supporting social justice. Recently, she has focused on raising awareness on the need for educating girls worldwide.

“Ashley Judd has given a voice to the voiceless, raising awareness and making change,” says Regina Malveaux, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA of Spokane. “Her message inspires everyday people to take action against injustice and provides hope for those who need it.”

In her memoir All That is Bitter and Sweet, Judd details her struggles with dealing with her own emotional pain from childhood abandonment and how she was led to focus on humanitarian work and making a difference.

Catherine Kashork, the 2016 Chair of the Women of Achievement Luncheon, notes, “Ashley Judd embodies so many of the qualities we find in our local Women of Achievement Award winners: empathy, tenacity, innovation, and strength. Her story is filled with the same struggles we know so many others have faced, and yet she has excelled and used her talent and fame to help others.”