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:

June 1st: Deadline for turning in reservations for the Women of Excellence Awards on June 16th.

June 4th and 6th: Missouri Western Charity Golf Classic, St. Joseph Country Club. Griffon Athletics and the YWCA Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children invite you and your friends to join us June 4 and 6, 2016 for the 14th Annual Missouri Western Charity Golf Classic. This annual tradition is a major fundraiser for both organizations. Cost per four person team: $1,000. Cost per individual player: $250. Each participant receives a great player pack to include the following: tournament gift of logoed apparel, two invitations to the Charity Social, souvenir cup, goodie bag, lunch provided by Jimmy John’s, unlimited beverages compliments of O’Malley Beverage and St. Joseph Beverage and range balls prior on tournament day. Find more information here

June 15th: Patron’s Party, 5 PM – 7 PM. Join us for an evening of wine and hors d’Oeuvres as we honor the Women of Excellence Awards. Attendees will have the chance to meet 2016 keynote speaker Lauren Larscheid and enjoy fellowship with nominees. Tickets are $75. RSVP required. Contact Erica Fattig at 816-232-4481 or for more information.

June 16th: Women of Excellence Awards, 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Civic Arena. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. Call 816.232.4481 or purchase tickets online here.

July 23rd: Racks and Rhinestones, 7 PM – 1:30 AM at No Place Bar. Live music and dancing – what more do you need for fun-filled evening? Four bands will perform a mix of country and classic rock music with all proceeds to benefit the YWCA’s ENCOREplus program and the Social Welfare Board to help purchase mammograms. All you need to bring is a $5 donation and your dancing shoes! There will also be a cash bar available.

Our Corporate Partners Include:


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