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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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Upcoming Events:

April 5th: Gardeners’ Luncheon, 11:30 – 1pm at the YWCA Terrace Room. It’s time to celebrate spring! Enjoy a sandwich and salad lunch catered by Pronto Café with cookies from Just Desserts by Mom and a special presentation by Sharon Ratka, owner of Nana’s Bloomers. The presentation titled “Planting Pretty Posies in Pots” will focus on colorful combinations of both sun and shade planters. Tickets are $15 a person. RSVP by April 3rd by calling 816-232-4481.

April 8th: TAKE Defense Class, 9am – 12pm at MWSU. T.A.K.E. training, an integral element in the comprehensive safety awareness program, will take place in a two-hour session held at MWSU on April 8, 2017. When you attend a class, you’ll receive priceless awareness education and practical application of the skills demonstrated and learned in the session. If you would like to receive a T-Shirt, a $20 donation is required. All funds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph & The Ali Kemp Foundation. For more information and to register for the event, visit this page.

Additionally, the Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph will be collecting personal product donations for the local YWCA Women’s Shelter on the day of the event. Please visit http://stjoemokiwanis.org/YWCA for more information about donations.

April 12th: Women of Excellence Table Captains Luncheon, 11:30am at the YWCA.

April 12th: Annual Meeting, 4 – 5:30pm at the YWCA. Join us for light refreshments followed by our 129th annual meeting including recognition of staff, board and our 2017 Y Woman of Merit and an overview of the past year’s accomplishments. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP by April 8 by calling 816-232-4481.

April 26th: Administrative Professionals Luncheon, 11:30am – 1pm at the YWCA Terrace Room. Join us for a delicious lunch catered by Burnham and Simpson Catering as well as two exciting speakers. First up will be Tanea Shanks with PAPARAZZI Jewelry to talk about her jewelry line and she will have items for sale as well. Next, attendees will hear from Beth Conway, as she presents on “2017 TOTAL Solar Eclipse.” Please RSVP by Friday, April 21 by calling 816-232-4481.

April 28th: Stand Against Racism. Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Community members are invited to join us as we take a stand against racism on April 28th on the front steps of the YWCA at 304 North 8th Street.

April 29th: Ladies Day at the YWCA vendor fair, 9am – 1pm. Get ready to shop ladies! The YWCA will be filled with vendors selling all of your favorite products. If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please view this sheet for more information. You may also download the vendor contract here. Please contact Erica Fattig, YWCA Office Manager at efattig@ywcasj.org or at 816-232-4481 with any questions.

May 3rd: Women of Excellence Nominee Reception. 5-7pm at the YWCA. All nominees are invited to attend this reception. Nominees will get their photos taken for the booklet, approve their bios and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

June 2nd: Final date to turn in reservations for the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon. 

June 15th: Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, 11:30am at the Civic Arena. Each summer hundreds of community leaders, volunteers and members of the business community come together to celebrate the accomplishments of women in numerous roles. You can get involved by nominating an individual, becoming a sponsor or making plans to attend the luncheon. Visit the Women of Excellence page for more information.

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