История YWCA Spokane
Celebrating 120 years of services to The Spokane community
Over the past 120 years, YWCA Spokane has grown and changed to meet the needs of our community, providing various services such as arts, fitness, housing, employment, childcare, education, disability life enrichment, anti-racist activism, and domestic violence support services. Since 1903, YWCA Spokane has been helping women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.
In 1971, the YWCA adopted the main imperative: “To thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary,” and began directing energy towards the current mission of “empowering women and eliminating racism.” It was in 1979 that YWCA Spokane first began providing domestic violence resources, opening the city’s first 24 hour domestic violence hotline and safe shelter for women and children escaping abuse.
Today, YWCA Spokane continues to provide critical programs and services services while working to confront racial and social justice issues that negatively impact our clients and community. Areas of focus include supporting victims of intimate partner domestic violence, promoting early childhood education, and confronting racial and social justice issues that negatively impact our clients and our community.
In 2022, we served more than 15,000 women, men, children, and families. Services include a continuum of wrap-around support: 24-hour Helpline and Safe Shelter, Counseling Center, Mental Health Services, Child Advocacy, Civil Legal Assistance, Legal Advocacy, and Economic Empowerment Advocacy. YWCA’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) provides 3- and 4-year-old children with the social and learning skills necessary for successful entry into kindergarten.
By working at the intersections of inequality, poverty, and domestic violence, YWCA Spokane is able to disrupt long-standing societal patterns of trauma. Learn more about our current impact.