YWCA Is 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.
Local Impact In Spokane
YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We live out our mission by standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities.
Since 1903, YWCA Spokane has been helping women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers in order to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. Today, areas of focus include supporting victims of intimate partner domestic violence, promoting early childhood education and the economic advancement of women, and confronting racial and social justice issues that negatively impact our clients and our community.
We embrace our mission through a continuum of wrap-around services:
- 24-hour helpline services
- confidential safe shelter services
- counseling and mental health therapy center
- child advocacy and youth prevention work
- civil legal assistance and legal advocacy for survivors
- financial education and advocacy
- job training, mentorship, and individual and group skill building opportunities
In addition, we offer innovative low-barrier solutions for people in need of a home, which include homelessness prevention, diversion, rapid re-housing, transitional housing, and longer-term permanent supportive housing.
Our early childhood education and early care programs for low-income families provide children with holistic, evidence-based support designed to prepare them for success with elementary school and beyond.
We empower survivors to choose treatment pathways that best meet their needs and align with their safety concerns. By working at the intersections of inequality, poverty, and domestic violence, YWCA Spokane is able to disrupt longstanding societal patterns of trauma.
Who We Serve
Each year, we serves approximately 17,000 women, men, children, and families who are impacted by intimate partner domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment through our free, trauma-informed, confidential programs and services. The population we serve is overwhelmingly low income and disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Women, women of color, LGBTQ+ survivors and other marginalized populations experience disproportionate incidents of intimate partner and gender-based violence, and increased barriers in seeking help.
With the oversight of our Racial and Social Justice Committee, which is comprised of agency leaders, programmatic staff, board members, and community volunteers, we partner with community organizations leading equity and inclusion work to facilitate ongoing assessments and training opportunities for staff in support of culturally competent services.
Our Impact in 2020
- 5,012 victims of intimate partner violence received emergency support via our 24hr confidential helpline,
- 628 women and children escaping abusive relationships found a safe place to stay through our shelter and housing services,
- 4,998 survivors found counseling, legal assistance, education, and community through our free and confidential services,
- 3,675 children impacted by family violence received trauma-informed services interrupting cycles of poverty and violence for years to come,
- 1,033 women gained new skills and tools needed for success in life, including job and school readiness and financial education,
- 1,353 children and their families engaged in early care and pre-school programs focused on preparing children for success with elementary school and beyond.
Pioneers for Empowerment
YWCA is bigger than a place—we have been at the forefront of social change for more than 160 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.