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“At its founding in 1888, YWCA St. Joseph began a series of programs, each designed to fit the times, but all supporting one central mission: eliminating racism and empowering girls and women. We remain one of only two YWCAs in the state of Missouri, offering practical assistance to support brighter futures of women and families in the St. Joseph area.”

Tammy L. Killin, CEO

A Legacy of Hope

In its earliest years, the YWCA provided housing for young ladies coming to St. Joseph in pursuit of work and education. Later on, we reached into the wider community with help during the years of the Great Depression. In the mid-1900s, the YWCA was on the forefront of efforts toward racial integration and racial justice. Those goals continue to drive us and lay a foundation for all that we do.

It’s true — what started as a group of women going door-to-door for donations in the late 19th century has grown beyond what those founders could have imagined. In recent years, the YWCA has served over 500 women a year and given over 16,000 nights of shelter to women and children in need.

Room Rentals – Currently not accepting reservations due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep checking back!

The next time your group, club, or organization needs a place to meet, consider the options at the YWCA. We have facilities to accommodate groups from two to 220. Much of the charm of our 1915 building has been preserved and integrated into our renovated meeting facilities.

To reserve a room, contact us at 816-232-4481 or

The YWCA rents space for:

-Club Meetings                              -Business Meetings

-Dinners                                            -Retreats

-Wedding Showers                       -Baby Showers

-Weddings                                        -Anniversaries

-Team Practice                                -Lock-Ins

-Reunions                                         -Birthday Parties

-Recitals                                            -Plays/Performances

South Parlor

This room rents for $15 per hour for up to 20 people. No food is allowed in this room.South Parlor


Terrace Room

Terrace Room

Our Terrace Room offers comfortable seating for up to 130 guests at either round or rectangular tables. Original molding and beautiful accents make this an ideal room for wedding receptions, parties, baby showers, dinners, and meetings of all kinds.

Rental costs are $50 per hour for the first three hours and $25 per hour for additional hours, and require a $50 damage deposit.




The auditorium features a stage with lighting and curtain, piano, and original architectural details.

The auditorium rents for $40 per hour. No food is allowed, but the buffet room may be rented for refreshments.






A 3/4 basketball court with refinished hardwood flooring provides the perfect place for birthday parties, team practices, teen dances, and more. This is also a great space to use for youth lock-ins! Rental price is $10 per hour.


Buffet Room

Buffet Room

The Buffet Room features a nice size table, counter space, refrigerator, and microwave for refreshments. Rental price is $25 per hour.

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