What we do matters

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


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.

Get Involved


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

Hope for the Holidays Donation Turn-In Dec 17

Monday, December 17 is the Hope for the Holidays donation turn-in day! All gifts are welcome prior to this day, and please contact departments if this turn-in date is difficult for you to meet. We are happy to be flexible!

Hope for the Holidays Donation Turn-In

Upcoming Events

Hope for the Holidays Donation Turn-In @ YWCA Spokane
Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hope for the Holidays Donation Turn-In @ YWCA Spokane

YWCA Spokane is excited to provide our community with an opportunity to engage with this year’s adopt-a-family holiday wish-list program called Hope For The Holidays. Thank you for helping to celebrate the spirit of giving by sponsoring a family and making this season a little brighter for those we serve who are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.

This year, to accommodate the many different needs of families through our varied programs, each department will be holding their own drive. Please deliver all gifts to YWCA Spokane (930 N Monroe) by December 10. If you cannot deliver gifts and need assistance, please contact the program lead for the program you are donating to. 

Domestic Violence Safe Shelter Department Contact: Melanie Wilson – 863-2882 | melaniew@ywcaspokane.org

ECEAP Department Contact: Shannon Griffiths – 509-789-9294 | shannong@ywcaspokane.org

Women’s Opportunity Center Department Contact: Chris Cross – 789-9299 | chrisc@ywcaspokane.org

Thank you!

What It Means To Be A Man – A Talk By Jackson Katz @ John J. Hemmingson Center
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist who known for his pioneering activism on issues of gender, race, and violence.

Join YWCA Spokane on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center as Jackson Katz explores the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.

He is the creator, lead writer, and narrator of the award-winning Tough Guise videos. His TED talk, “Violence Against Women-it’s a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than three and a half (3.5) million times.

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About Jackson Katz

  • Since 1990, he has presented at over 2700 colleges and universities, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and on six continents, including multiple countries in Europe and Asia.
  • Katz is the co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America, and the first major program of its kind in the sports culture and the military.
  • In 1997 Katz created the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • He is the author of the influential book entitled The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and the critically acclaimed Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. Man Enough won a bronze prize in Foreword Reviews’ Indie Awards for political science books in 2016.
  • He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide gender violence prevention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
  • From 2000-2003 he served on the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military, and over the years he has served as subject matter expert on numerous state and federal projects in the area of gender violence prevention education.
  • He holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.
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He has published numerous academic and journalistic articles on topics as far-ranging as the social justice and feminist roots of the bystander approach to sexual assault prevention, the powerful role of athletics in gender violence prevention, the gender and sexual politics of Eminem’s songs, the gender politics of conservative talk radio, violent white masculinity in advertising, juvenile detention, pornography, and sports metaphors in presidential politics.


This event is brought to you through YWCA Spokane’s GoodGuys efforts. Learn more about this growing local movement of men in Spokane who recognize domestic violence as a community issue, not a women’s issue.

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