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:

Please visit our Events page for upcoming events.

Bras for a Cause: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 – Paradox Theater 
Don’t miss this fun night out – for a great cause! Bras for a Cause fasion show is Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 at the Paradox Theater, 107 S. 6th Street.  Local men will be modeling bras that are specially-decorated. Food will be served. Cash bar available. Bras will be auctioned off.  $5 admission. Join us for a fun night to support our ENCOREplus Program. Questions? Contact Martha Brookshier at the YWCA at 232-4481; email; or visit

Mark your calendars for this year’s Women of Excellence event on Thursday, June 21st. Details to come. Nominations are due March 16th.


Our Corporate Partners Include:


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