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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We’re closing up the Gardeners’ Festival for today, but still have plants left that will be available for sale at a discount Monday between 8 AM – 6 PM. You can stop by in person, or we *may* post some for sale here on our Facebook page. If we do post some plants here, would you prefer pictures of individual plants, groupings that would look good in a bed or container, or some of both? They would go to the first person to comment on each photo and could be paid for over the phone or when picked up. (They would need to be picked up within 48 hours.) See MoreSee Less

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Unfortunately, the weather has not been our friend today and we still have lots of plants/flowers left over. A big close out sale is in process! We will be here until at least 3:00 today and I’m sure that there will still be plants available on Monday. Great plants at great prices! Come shop with us! See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

April 14: YWCA Annual Meeting, 4:30-6. Join us for a social time with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by recognition of staff, board and volunteers. Free admission.

Wed., April 22, 2015:  Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon. 
1130 a.m. to 1 p.m. YWCA Terrace Room . Speakers, door prizes, and one person will win a year of housecleaning from Merry Maids. (Note: Reservations are full.)

Friday, April 24, 2015: Stand against Racism. Contact Ellen Kisker for area locations for Stand Against Racism events, or visit to register and receive an informational kit and activities for use at home.

Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2015:  YWCA Gardeners Festival. The YWCA will be filled with annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more of high quality. Shop Friday, May 1, if you’ve pre-purchased a gift certificate. Get the first pick! Buy $25 gift certificates here, and secure your chance to get personal help from a Master Gardener at the event! Festival open to the public on Sat., May 2nd, from 8 a.m. until the plants are gone (usually late afternoon). Free admission. (No preorders on plants this year but gift certificates are available now for purchase to spend at the event).

Thursday, May 7, 2015: A reception for nominees will be held at the YWCA from 5-7 PM. Read more here.

Monday, June 1, 2015: Final date to turn in reservations for Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon.

Thursday, June 18 2015: YWCA Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Civic Arena, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Featuring Grammy Award winning musician Melissa Manchester. Buy a reservation by calling our office (816.232.4481) and asking for Erica, emailing efattig@ywcasj.orgor buy your tickets online here.
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