we are On a mission
YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, strengthening communities, and promoting peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all. We empower women, families, and communities through a combination of prevention and response work.
YWCA Spokane provides a lifeline for women and children in Spokane who are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. To meet the identified needs in our community, we focus our work in 3 main areas:
- Domestic violence survivor services including safety planning, counseling, housing, and legal services;
- Economic advancement through skill-building, financial education, job readiness, employment support, and clothing resources;
- And children’s services including early education; outreach, and trauma support services for children and youth.
We serve over 17,000 women, children and families each year through ADVP (Alternatives to Domestic Violence Programs); the WOC (Women’s Opportunity Center); and children’s services including ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs), Young Women’s Transformations camp, and free drop-in childcare for clients accessing on-site services. The YMCA of the Inland Northwest and YWCA Spokane are partners in a state-of-the-art facility strategically situated near downtown Spokane to serve a range of needs for women, children, and families in our community.
YWCA Spokane is also home to the uniquely collaborative Spokane Family Justice Center which includes YWCA legal advocates, law enforcement partners, and prosecutors. In addition, YWCA Spokane works with local partners to become a community resource for issues of racial and social justice.
In 2019, we accomplished the following:
- 17,471 – Women and children received YWCA Spokane support and services.
- 11,668 – Survivors of domestic violence received counseling, safety planning, housing, and the legal services they needed to help rebuild their lives through the YWCA Spokane Alternatives to Domestic Violence Programs
- 2,534 – Children and youth received prevention and intervention outreach, counseling, and advocacy to help them cope with trauma and develop healthy relationships through services at the YWCA Spokane.
- 3,051 – Children and mothers developed new tools needed for success in life through services at the YWCA Spokane, including job and school readiness.
- 1,305 – Community members engaged in domestic violence training and or engaged in awareness activities.
Pioneers for Empowerment
YWCA is bigger than a place—we have been at the forefront of social change for more than 150 years. YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2 million members in 220 local associations in the United States. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights in Congress.
We are part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the U.S. and 25 million worldwide in 120 countries.
Learn more about the YWCA National Movement.