A beacon of hope: since 1918, we have been standing strong in downtown St. Joseph, MO, at 304 N. 8th Street (at the intersection of 8th and Jules Streets). At this location, we provide and administer programs across these departments: Women’s Resources, Child Care, Victim Services, Child Care Resources and Racial Justice.


Victim Services

Victim Services includes our Shelter for Abused and Homeless Women and Children, as well as our Rape Crisis services and our Bliss Manor Housing Program. A 24-hour crisis line, transitional housing services and free, professional counseling are also part of our work to help victims of sexual or domestic violence.

Women’s Resources

This program area provides parenting education and support for pregnant and parenting teens (Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies and Choices Programs), and support groups for at-risk mothers with young children. We also provide breast health education programs.

Here are the programs in Women’s Resources:

  1. Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies – This program serves pregnant and parenting teens and encourages continued education, healthy behaviors, and effective parenting.
  2. ENCOREplus— This program helps women access necessary resources for breast health and helps them locate financial assistance and resources for mammograms.
  3. CHOICES/DECISIONS — Each of these programs are offered in the fall and spring each school year, and they are an eight-week life skills program. 7th-grade girls and boys at the four local middle schools are led by MWSU athletes through discussions about bullying, dating and peer pressure. This creates a positive learning environment for discussing these topics.
  4. Parenting Classes — These classes are offered on an individual basis throughout the year.
Child Care

Through the YWCA Child Care program, affordable, high-quality care is provided for infants and children age six weeks through six years of age. This service helps women and families to find and maintain employment or to return to school for increasing career opportunities. We also serve as an Early Head Start partner site.

Child Care Resources

The YWCA helps child care providers obtain reimbursements for healthy meals and works alongside them to achieve quality/accreditation goals. These efforts help child care resources around our community to provide the best start possible for these early learners.

Racial Justice

The YWCA St. Joseph participates with the national YWCA “Stand Against Racism” event the last Friday of every April. We host an annual “Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism” breakfast/program in September. At this program, we award the “Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award” to an outstanding community member who has worked toward racial justice; additionally, we give a “Kelsy Beshears Scholarship” to a Missouri Western State University non-traditional student.


For more information, contact us at (816) 232-4481.

Location & Hours

The YWCA is located in downtown St. Joseph, at 304 N. 8th Street.

The building lobby is open from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The YWCA Shelter for Abused or Homeless Women and Children is open 24-hours a day. For more information, contact us at (816) 232-4481.