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 126 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.

14th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Thurs., June 18, 2015 – Featuring Grammy Award winning musician Melissa Manchester 

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.

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The chicken salad sandwiches and Turkey wraps are yummy! Served with chips, cook or and a big bottle of water for just $5. San k mix for $1. Stop by for lunch and shopping, or grab a sack lunch to go. See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

Friday March 13, 2015: Women of Excellence nomination forms due to YWCA.

Sat., March 28, 2015: Ladies Day. Held at YWCA from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our annual Ladies’ Day will be a great way to welcome in spring with some fun accessories, crafts, and gifts! Free admission, lunch available for $5.

April 14: YWCA Annual Meeting, 4:30-6. Join us for a social time with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by recognition of staff, board and volunteers. Free admission.

Wed., April 22, 2015:  Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon. 
1130 a.m. to 1 p.m. YWCA Terrace Room . Speakers, door prizes, and one person will win a year of housecleaning from Merry Maids. Read more and register online. $25 per person.

Friday, April 24, 2015: Stand against Racism. Contact Ellen Kisker for area locations for Stand Against Racism events, or visit to register and receive an informational kit and activities for use at home.

Saturday, May 2, 2015:  YWCA Gardeners Festival. Held at YWCA; Opens at 8 a.m. and closes when inventory runs out! Free admission; gardening experts on hand; no pre-orders this year. Purchase $25 gift certificates here. (And get help from a Master Gardener when you arrive!)

Thursday, May 7, 2015: A reception for nominees will be held at the YWCA from 5-7 PM. Register for the event here.

Monday, June 1, 2015: Final date to turn in reservations for Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon.

Thursday, June 18 2015: YWCA Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Civic Arena, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Featuring Grammy Award winning musician Melissa Manchester. Buy a reservation by calling our office (816.232.4481) and asking for Erica, emailing efattig@ywcasj.orgor buy your tickets online here.
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