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 126 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.

14th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Thurs., June 18, 2015 – Featuring Grammy Award winning musician Melissa Manchester 

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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Increasing your activity level, even by simply adding a 30 minute walk each day, can reduce your chance of developing breast cancer! Enjoy summer with an early walk or jog, visit a park, or head to the pool! Making activity fun and including others can make it easier to continue healthy habits!
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Upcoming Events

June 6 & 8: MWSU Western Charity Golf Classic. (Social is June 6, tournament June 8) Join this event as a golfer, volunteer, or just come to the social and have fun. Proceeds benefit the YWCA and Griffon Athletics.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:  YWCA Women of Excellence Patron’s Party. Held at the historic home of Mark and Karen Woodbury, #4 Country Club Road, 5 p.m. Guests will meet Melissa Manchester and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages. By reservation only. Proceeds benefit the YWCA. Tickets are $75 per person; reservations due June 12. Come for a memorable evening (complete with prize giveaways!) Learn more 816.232.4481 (Erica).

Thursday, June 18 2015: YWCA Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Civic Arena, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Featuring Grammy Award winning musician Melissa Manchester. Reservations are full. For questions, call Erica at 816.232.4481.
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