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120th Birthday Celebration! @ Spokane Public Library - Central (meeting rooms A&B)
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


You are cordially  invited to join our Partners In Progress annual meeting where we will reflect on achievements over the past year and celebrate our agency’s 120th birthday.  You are a valued part of our agency impact and legacy in Spokane and we look forward to having you join us for this celebration.

  • Who’s Invited: Staff, board, volunteers, and supporters of YWCA Spokane’s work and mission in Spokane.
  • What: Celebrate our impact in Spokane, welcome our 2023 board of directors, and honor key partners in this work.
  • When: Thursday, April 13th (our official birthday), from 3-5pm
  • Where: Spokane Public Library – Central, 906 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
  • Why: Celebrating our collective achievements is an important part of this work. Coming together to acknowledge the meaningful impact we have had on thousands of lives in our community helps to inspire us and motivate us to continue on. We make progress together. This work takes courage, commitment, and YOU. Join us!
  • Registration: Please RSVP HERE to join and help us prepare for a successful celebration.
  • A Treat: Birthday cake and light refreshments will be provided.
  • Parking: Street meter and parking garages are available nearby.
  • Questions: email or call 509-378-5804

2023 Mission Impact Award

At this gathering, our team at YWCA Spokane would like to take this special opportunity to honor Deb Svoboda with our 2023 Mission Impact Award.

The Mission Impact Award is a nomination-based award that provides staff members with an opportunity to celebrate and honor a “behind-the-scenes” community member who is helping to further the work and mission of our agency and who is making an incredible difference in our community.

About Deborah Vangeison Svoboda, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Deb Svoboda is a volunteer with the Y, serving on the Racial and Social Justice Learning Community since 2021, and supporting staff efforts in the domestic violence program when called upon since 2012. Deb is an advisory board member for M.i.A.-Mujeres in Action, and played a supportive role in the development of the agency with Hanncel Sanchez and others. She is a current board member for the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition and a member of the SRDVC since 2020. Deb participates in the Vulnerable Adults Task Force organized by Lutheran Community Services NW.

Deb had a rewarding twenty-year social work career as an advocate with domestic violence and sexual assault crisis agencies in Pennsylvania prior to moving to Spokane in 2012. Her current day job is as an Associate Professor and current Graduate Program Director at the EWU School of Social Work. She is happiest having a cup of tea and working alongside others to change the world for the better.

“It is truly an honor to celebrate Deb in this way”, states Erica Schreiber, Director of Community Engagement at YWCA Spokane. “She has been an instrumental partner over the years in so many different ways. We are grateful for her dedication to the wellbeing of our community.”

Please join us as we celebrate Deb on April 13th with this special award!

2023 Community Partner Award

We are excited to acknowledge one of our Mission Partners, Hamilton Studio, with our 2023 Community Partner Award.

Over the past several years, Hamilton Studio has gone above and beyond to support our mission at YWCA Spokane. Each year they contribute their time and talent to help caring individuals in Spokane connect with our work and become part of our community. Through the pandemic, their support was critical to our agency. Because of their partnership and endless support, we were able to pivot during the shutdown and hold our most important fundraisers of the year, An Evening In Tuscany and Women of Achievement awards, virtually.  The virtual events were stunning and well attended due in large part because of their beautiful photography, sound, and film work. We couldn’t have been more grateful for their support! As things have calmed from the pandemic, Hamilton Studios continues to support our mission. Most recently they have been a key partner with the celebration of our 2023 Women of Achievement awards and 120th birthday celebration. We hope you join us as we honor and celebrate this amazing partner.

Celebrating 12 Decades of Impact in Spokane

Since 1903, we have been providing critical, life changing services to individuals and families in Spokane and the surrounding areas. That’s 12 decades of impact! Did you know that our organization started with a $200 donation from local philanthropist John A Finch and a powerful pledge from 90 local Spokane women to “build something for the girls”?  Shortly after, we established a travelers aid program to prevent disappearances of women and girls traveling to Spokane by train, a point in time marking the beginning of our organization’s work to combat gender based violence.

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The Mission Partners of YWCA Spokane are committed to bringing peace, justice, freedom, and dignity to our Spokane community, creating a foundation that allows for real and lasting change every day. Together, we will work to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community. Their critical financial support bridges the gap between the expenses we incur while serving clients and the grants we receive from state, local, and private parties. These invested leaders embody our mission. Their commitment and dedication bring the promise of support and hope for those struggling with poverty, trauma, homelessness, and despair. With this help, we harvest the potential to build upon our accomplishments from the past and grow the health and sustainability of our critical programs well into the future.


If you or your organization would like to learn more about becoming a Mission Partner to YWCA Spokane, please contact Dana Morris Lee at 509-742-0111 or email Thank you!