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.

YWCA Christmas Store: a special store for women and children living at the YWCA Shelter. Make this Christmas unforgettable by getting involved. Read more here.




In Just One Click … You Can Help a Woman Find Help and Hope at the YWCA Shelter. Click the image to visit our GoClickGive profile — it’s an ultra-simple way to go online, click and give a donation to the YWCA Shelter.

The YWCA St. Joseph, along with all the YWCA’s across the nation, continues to work toward the elimination of racism in our country – click here to read about our most recent program,  the ‘Day of Commitment.’

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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The YWCA CHOICES program this fall included all four middle schools: Bode, Robidoux, Spring Garden, and Truman. There were 51 seventh grade girls and 18 mentors from the MWSU Women’s Softball Team who participated. For information about the CHOICES program go to: and scroll down to learn more. See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events:

November 4th: Tickets sales begin for the YWCA Quilt Raffle. Cost is $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. The drawing will be held on Monday, December 19th. The beautiful, holiday inspired queen-sized quilt and shams were hand-sewn by the Piece Corps. Tickets are available for purchase at YWCA events throughout November and December as well as at the YWCA Front Desk. For more information, call 816-232-4481 or email

November 16th: Family Dinner for YWCA Childcare Parents and Children. 

November 16th – December 12th: Fourth Annual St. Joe Sign “Signs of the Season” Toy Drive. St. Joe Sign is collecting $10 gifts that will go to children living in the YWCA Shelter. Please keep in mind all age groups from infant to 16 years old when purchasing $10 gifts. Please do not wrap the gifts. Drop-off locations include: Pizza Shoppe of St. Joseph MO, Allison’s School of Dance, Clark Family Dentistry, American Business & Technology University, Pizza Ranch St. Joseph(coming soon!), St. Joseph Title, Clear View Insurance Specialists, Hunan Restaurant, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, St. Joseph, MO. Other sponsors include Cutter and Cork, Phi Delta Theta MWSU, St. Joseph Police Department, St. Joseph Fire Department, and LaTonya Williams Photography. If you would like to sponsor a drop-off location or make a donation please call St. Joe Sign at 816-273-0065.

November 29th: Giving Tuesday. It’s annual giving time at the YWCA! You can help our shelter for women and children by donating. Will you consider joining us in our critical mission? Visit our Donate page to make an online donation.

December 13th: St. Joseph Sign Toy Drop. Dancers will perform, and cookies and juice will be served at 6pm. St. Joe Sign will do the toy drop (toys dropped from a crane in a big bag with Santa directing the process) and toy give-a-way will begin at 6:30. All Children can participate in this activity if they are in YWCA programs (please RSVP age and numbers by Dec. 6th)

December 13th: JUMP Party. 

December 19th: Quilt Raffle Winner Announced.

December 19th – 21st: YWCA Christmas Store: a special store for women and children living at the YWCA Shelter. Are you looking for ways to give back this Christmas season? Help with our Christmas Store by volunteering and/or donating items. Our families staying in shelter get their Christmas from the YWCA donations; they are not adopted through other agencies.

Volunteering: Volunteers set up a Christmas store on December 18th and our mothers shop and wrap for their kids from the 19th-21st. Volunteers are needed December 18th from 1-4 to set up the store. Volunteers are needed December 19-21st 9-2 to be shopping/wrapping assistants for the store.

Donation items: Click here to see a list of donation items. The children can be 0-18 years old and living with mom. Gifts need to be unwrapped and new. If possible, have items delivered by December 17th. If you have questions, please call 232-4481.

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