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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 23rd: Victim Care Bags, 1PM-3PM at The Griffey School for the Arts. Griffey will be open for anyone interested in putting together “victim care bags” to hand out in the ER by victim advocates. This is part of a series of events hosted by The Griffey School for the Arts to promote awareness and education on Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 27th: Administrative Professionals Luncheon, 11:30 AM-1 PM. Treat yourself and your staff to this delicious and fun event in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. There will be fun speakers, door prizes, a nice meal and more. One lucky person at the luncheon will win a $500 gift certificate from Merry Maids! Tickets are $25. Call 816.232.4481 to RSVP.

April 28th: Closing Reception for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 6PM-9PM at The Griffey School for the Arts. On display will be the jeans from the Denim Day Workshop and a final presentation of the interactive wall. This is the final event of the series of events hosted by The Griffey School for the Arts to promote awareness and education on Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 29th: YWCA Stand Against Racism, 10 AM in the lobby of the YWCA. We invite the public to participate in this nation-wide effort designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. Register your family, workplace, or organization online at www.standagainstracism.org or call Ellen Kisker at 816.232.4481 for more information.

May 3rd: Women of Excellence reception for nominees and nominators,  5-7 PM at the YWCA. Nominees will have their photos taken for the program book, look over their biographies for publication and learn more about the luncheon on June 16th.

May 5th (4-7 PM) and May 6th (10 AM-6PM): YWCA Gardener’s Festival. Grow plants and help grow healthy families. The YWCA will be filled with annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more of high quality. This is just before Mother’s Day, so it’s a great time to buy flowers for mom. A “sidewalk sale” will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 9 AM until the plants are gone.

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

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

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