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 four departments: Women’s Resources, Child Care, Victim Services and Child Care Resources.


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 and racial justice efforts.

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 services 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.

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, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.