In 1888, a few determined women who didn’t even have the right to vote believed they could change our community for the better by establishing the St. Joseph YWCA. Today, more than 128 years later, we are still dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and freedom and dignity for all – and we’re stronger than ever.
We’ve succeeded beyond our expectations because each new generation of women has been willing to courageously step in with vision and leadership. Literally thousands of women have found hope for situations that at first seemed hopeless through services provided by the YWCA of St. Joseph. They’ve also been given the courage to believe their dreams could become a reality, and help to take the first steps toward that new reality.
Partnerships in Action
We work alongside several local businesses and groups each year to fulfill our mission, called Partners in Action. As our founders knew in 1888, we’re better together. All of our lives and futures are changed for the better when we help women and families reach their goals and find new hope for their future.
Find out more about working alongside our team and volunteers as a Partner in Action.
August 1st – September 26th: Bling a Bra Contest. Decorate a bra for breast cancer awareness. Contest information will be sent out closer to time. For more information contact Chelsea Teater at 816-232-4481 or at email@example.com. The bras will be voted on after Sept 26th and then community members will be able to vote for the winner at the Josephine Expo. All other bras will be displayed at The Griffey School for the Arts during the month of October. Winner will receive the “World Cups” award and ultimate bra bragging rights. Download this entry form to be turned in with your completed bra.
Friday September 16: 20th Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism breakfast event. Held in conjunction with the NAACP, this event begins at 7:15 a.m. at the YWCA Terrace Room, 304 N. 8th Street. Join us for a buffet breakfast and the presentation of the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award and scholarship. RSVP required; tickets are $15 each. For more information, contact Ellen Kisker at (816) 232-4481.
September 21st: Lunch and Learn, What Happens After Getting Diagnosed? 11:30-1 PM at St. Francis Xavier Parish Center. This is a free event and there will be free lunch! Susan G. Komen will be on site with their virtual reality machine. Please RSVP by Sept. 19th at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-232-4481.
September 28th: Lunch and Learn, Breast Cancer Supports. 11:30-1 PM at the YWCA. This is a free event and there will be free lunch! Susan G. Komen will be on site with their virtual reality machine. Please RSVP by Sept. 19th at email@example.com or call 816-232-4481.
October 1st: Bling a Bra Showcase, 4:30-6:30 PM at the Griffey School for the Arts. Come see the bras decorated for breast cancer awareness; bras will be displayed at the Griffey during the month of October.
October 1st: Josephine Expo, 10 AM-4 PM at the Civic Arena. Come visit our booth and vote on your favorite bra from the Bling a Bra contest to be our “World Cups” winner. The top 8 bras form the contest will be there on display.
October 3rd – October 26th: Community Advocacy Class, every Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 – 9 PM. This class is free and open to the public! Participants should plan on attended all class sessions. To sign up, contact Carrie Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-232-4481.
October 6th: The Cultural and Professional Challenges for Women in India. 6:30 PM at MWSU Blum Union 218-219. Join us as Dr. Kaur provides information to community members on the status of women in India. Dr. Harpreet Kaur is a Professor of Law at the National Law University, Delhi, India. To reserve a seat please contact David Tushaus at email@example.com. Space is limited; please RSVP by October 3.
October 5th: Spanish Speaking Lunch and Learn, What is Breast Cancer? 11:30-1 PM, at InterServ. This is a free event and there will be free lunch! Susan G. Komen will be on site with their virtual reality machine. Please RSVP by Sept. 19th at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-232-4481.
October 12th: Pink Tea Luncheon, 11:30-1 PM at the YWCA. Cost is $20 per person. There will be a “blind” silent auction – bidding will start at $5. Food will be catered by Pronto Cafe. There will be survivors speakers, and Susan G. Komen will be on site with their virtual reality machine. Please RSVP to Chelsea Teater at email@example.com or by calling 816-232-4481.
October 16th: Take Back the Night. More information to be posted soon.
October 17th: Week Without Violence Conference, 9 AM-12 PM and 1 PM – 4 PM at MWSU Enright 214-216. Speaker Mark Wynn will host two sessions for a conference regarding domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention. The morning session is free and open to the public. CEUs are available! The afternoon session is for law enforcement ONLY. To sign up for the morning session, click here. If you are a law enforcement officer, sign up for the afternoon session here.
October 21st: Celebracion Rosa (Hawaiian Spa Night), 6-9 PM at the YWCA. This event is for our Latina ladies, supporters and survivors. It is a free event and there will be a free meal! There will be a fashion show, spa activities, giveaways and more. There will also be vendors on site. Please RSVP at 816-232-4481 or on our Spanish line at 816-273-6665 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited to 50 people, so get in your RSVPs if you plan to attend!
October 28th: Ladies Night Out (Hawaiian Spa Night), 7-9 PM at the YWCA. This event is for our female supporters and survivors. It is a free event and there will be a free meal! There will be a fashion show, spa activities, giveaways and more. There will also be vendors on site. Please RSVP at 816-232-4481 or by email at email@example.com. Spaces are limited to 50 people, so get in your RSVPs if you plan to attend!
Our Corporate Partners Include: