As a safety-net provider, the YWCA offers shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence, preschool for low-income families, after-school activities for homeless children, and a free clothing bank. Grant support enables the organization to cover staffing costs and maintain its programming.
Established in 1906 to provide health and wellness programs for women and girls, the YWCA delivers a multiservice safety net of prevention, education, and support for more than 14,000 women and children each year. With this challenge grant, the YWCA is purchasing and renovating an apartment building for use as a domestic-violence shelter.
The YWCA’s mission to promote racial justice, empower women, eliminate domestic violence, and strengthen the community is carried out through its comprehensive educational, recreational, intervention, and outreach services for impoverished and minority adults and children. Funding helps to sustain and support emergency and domestic-violence services during the economic downturn.