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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.

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9th Annual ‘Tis Better to Give Than Receive’ Party

November 30, 2017, 6:00pm – November 30, 2017, 11:00pm

Join us again this year to help out the women and kids at the YWCA! If you’re not familiar with the party, please bring an item(s) for the residents that are staying there. See posted list of needs and wants in the comments. Soup and chili dinner will be served again this year, with all proceeds benefitting the YWCA. If you aren’t able to attend, but still want to donate, contact Craig Sinclair or Cristie Johns. Please share and feel free to invite your friends and family! Hope to see you there for a good time and great cause!

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Upcoming Events:

Please visit our Events page for upcoming events.

Bling a Bra: Sept 1 – 29, 2017
September 1st-29th kicks off the YWCA Bling a Bra contest. Businesses and individuals are invited to decorate a bra for breast cancer awareness. The top 6 bras are taken to Josephine on Oct. 7, where people can vote for a winner, who receives the World Cups Title award and ultimate bra bragging rights.


Let’s Lunch!

Sept. 13, 20 and 27 – Lunch and Learns with the YWCA: The ENCORE lunch and learn series for breast cancer awareness has been announced! Make plans now to join us and bring a friend to the Lunch and Learns with the YWCA.  RSVP requested to YWCA 232-4481.

September 13th: Lunch and Learn at St. Francis Baptist Temple, 1610 Angelique, 12 to 1 p.m.
September 20th: Lunch and Learn at the YWCA, 304 N. 8th St., 12 to 1 p.m.
September 27th: Lunch and Learn at InterServ, 200 Cherokee, 12 to 1 p.m.


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