Could you provide a week’s worth (or a month) of shelter to a woman and her children? Just click the Donate button below, and you can use a credit or debit card. No PayPal account needed. Plus, there are tax benefits! 




For women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse, the message sent by the YWCA Shelter is simple but so powerful:  Hope starts here. Action starts here. Healing starts here. This is a message many are desperate to hear. Our Shelter is almost always full; we typically provide shelter to 45 women and children each day.

In the 36 years since our Shelter doors opened, the message that hope starts here has been told across hundreds of unique and individual situations. Every story is different, yet every story has one thing in common: The Shelter and services provided by the YWCA mean a new beginning is unfolding.

“This time was different. I made a decision, and I decided I had to make a change in my life. I am so happy of where I am today.”  – Former Shelter resident

“The team at the Shelter provides you with the resources you need to get your life together and back on track. They are very helpful in many ways.” – Mother of two

“Yay! I completed big goals! Life changing! This is a great place to start over.” – Mother of three; recent Shelter resident

“They helped by keeping me safe. So wonderful to have this shelter. The staff here offers great help and understanding.” – Recent Shelter resident

Turning Fear and Hopelessness into Freedom:
Since 1981, we’ve been a safe place in times of crisis. From counseling and advocacy for sexual assault, to a 24/7 hotline and 24/7 shelter service, we turn tragedy and suffering into victory. We’re also working to prevent domestic violence by offering outreach, trainings and presentations on healthy relationships, including how to identify or respond in situations of abuse.

Today, we ask you to consider joining us again in this critical mission.

How does your donation make an immediate difference?
– A donation of $35 keeps a woman and her children safe for one night.

– A gift of $100 can offer professional advocacy and counseling services so a woman can see that she has options and a plan for a new start.

– A gift of $500 means a woman and her children have shelter and safety for two weeks while they decide their next steps.

– A gift of $1,000 would allow a family a full month of shelter so that they can truly rebuild their lives.

Every donation opens a new door to hope for a woman and her children who depend on the YWCA – and every donation of $100 or more receives a 50% Missouri State tax credit. This means that 50% of your donation is deducted directly from your Missouri taxes owed, even if you don’t itemize deductions.

We invite you to join us with your support. With your help, the YWCA Shelter will continue to be the place where hope starts – and where a new journey unfolds, free of fear and abuse.

How the 50% tax credit helps you as an individual filer:

Contribution $100 $500 $1,000 $5,000
Federal Tax Savings $28 $140 $280 $1,400
MO State Tax Savings $6 $30 $60 $300
50% MO State Tax Credit $50 $250 $500 $2,500
TOTAL SAVINGS $84 $420 $840 $4,200
Net Out of Pocket Cost $16 $80 $160 $800

Based on Federal 28% and State 6% tax brackets.

Directions for Donations:
1) First, thank you so much for your donation! On behalf of our team, volunteers and the families we serve, we sincerely appreciate your support of our mission.
2) Please select the Donate button below and follow the steps as if you were making a PayPal purchase. (You can use your debit or credit card and you don’t need a PayPal account).
3) You will receive a receipt from PayPal, which you can then use according to the tax notes above.
4) Please contact us if you have any questions at 816-232-4481.




Did you know you can also give to the YWCA St. Joseph just by shopping on Amazon? 

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support … including your very own St. Joseph YWCA. 

How to select YWCA St. Joseph: 

  • Login to your Amazon account
  • Under the Search bar, you’ll see “Supporting.” Select the down arrow.
  • Choose our location (just type in YWCA St. Joseph. It’s listed formally as Young Women’s Christian Assn of St Joseph) for the donation to come our way. It’s that easy!

Enjoy your online shopping all while giving back to a great local organization! What a wonderful way to do your holiday shopping!