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.

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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There is still time to donate to the YWCA Annual Giving campaign and receive tax benefits on your 2014 returns. Just donate $100 or more before the end of the year, and receive 50% of your donation directly off your state taxes. It’s a win-win! See MoreSee Less

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Three valuable YWCA staff members will be retiring at the end of this year. We’d like to invite you to a reception for these remarkable ladies on Tuesday, December 16th from 4-5:30 PM at the YWCA, 304 N. 8th Street.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided, as well as baskets for cards of appreciation and good wishes.

We will be honoring:

Carolyn Hirtler, Administrative Assistant, Women’s Resources, 15 years of service

Pam Keefer, Therapist, Victim Services, 7 years of service

Janet Root, Director, Child Care Resources, 26 years of service
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Upcoming Events

June 10:  YWCA Women of Excellence Patron’s Party. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick Avenue. $75/person. Reservations due by end of day Friday, June 6.

June 16: MWSU Celebrity Golf Tournament

June 19: YWCA Women of Exellence Awards, Civic Arena, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Buy a reservation online here.
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