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 YWCA is looking for books for teen age children. We have plenty of children’s books but are looking for titles such as:
Divergent, Fault in Our Stars; Thirteen Reasons Why, Hunger Games, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Skinny and others of the same age interest. If you have some to donate please bring them to the YWCA Monday-Friday 8-6 and Saturday 9-12. Thanks.
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There are still a few days left to make a reservation for the 2015 YWCA Women of Excellence Awards. We’ll be honoring many outstanding women, enjoying the stories and song of Grammy-winning singer-songwriting Melissa Manchester and raising vital funds for the YWCA Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children. See MoreSee Less

The 2015 YWCA Women of Excellence Awards will be from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Civic Arena. The event will feature guest speaker and Grammy Award-winning performer Melissa Manchester.

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Upcoming Events

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. (Note: Reservations are full.)

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.

Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2015:  YWCA Gardeners Festival. The YWCA will be filled with annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more of high quality. Shop Friday, May 1, if you’ve pre-purchased a gift certificate. Get the first pick! Buy $25 gift certificates here, and secure your chance to get personal help from a Master Gardener at the event! Festival open to the public on Sat., May 2nd, from 8 a.m. until the plants are gone (usually late afternoon). Free admission. (No preorders on plants this year but gift certificates are available now for purchase to spend at the event).

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