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.

Now’s the time to nominate the excellent women in your life to be recognized at the 16th annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on June 15, 2017. There are several categories in which you may nominate including workplace, volunteerism, support services and emerging leader. In addition, you may nominate an organization as an Employer of Excellence. Nomination forms are due Friday, March 17. Click here to find nomination forms.


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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Spring Trunk Show

March 2, 2017, 3:00pm – March 2, 2017, 7:00pm

Join us at our office on March 2nd for our Spring Trunk Show! Come by to view and try on the full spring line of Etnia, an exclusive line of eyewear options from Barcelona, Spain. Try our rare lines of designer sunglasses, second pairs and innovative styles for your spring and summer look. We will give away a set of lenses and each vendor present is giving away a frame. We will also give away a pair Ray Ban sunglasses. In honor of Women’s History Month, a special exhibit featuring the YWCA Women’s Shelter will be available with a portion of the night’s sales to benefit the Shelter for abused and homeless women and children. Browse local products, too, to complete your spring look – vendors from LipSense lip stains, Rodan + Fields (with Lash Enhancement products) and Under the Zigba Tree (a fair trade boutique) will be there. Receive a free gift bag from Dr. Rosenak’s Optical Options while supplies last. Refreshments will be served – and bring your friends to see how everyone loves your frames! Call now to schedule your time for your eye exam during the Trunk Show.

Special Trunk Show discounts on eyewear:
Single vision/office lenses $50 off first pair ….$100 off second pair
Progressive (no-line) bifocal $100 off first pair $200 off second pair (Complete pairs only and not combined with insurance).

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Upcoming Events:

March 2nd: Spring Trunk Show to benefit the YWCA Shelter. 3 – 7pm at Dr. Rosenak’s Optical Options.

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 or at 816-232-4481 with any questions.

March 17th: All Women of Excellence nominations are due.

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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