Our solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Each woman has her own story.
Survivor Support Services
We have a plethora of services aimed at helping our survivors move forward into their new lives. We not only provide services to those who reside at our shelter or at Bliss Manor, but we also support those in our community. We support everyone with licensed therapists who work to help our clients on their path to emotional recovery, as well as case managers who help with our clients’ specific needs. We also provide court advocacy, hospital advocacy and short-term rental assistance.
Emergency ShelterIn our shelter we strive to provide a wide range of supportive services via the Children’s Program, Case Managers for our residents, Life Skills Groups and a 24-hour staffed office to meet our residential needs, and many other services with the main goal of residents moving back into the community at-large.
Bliss Manor ProgramsAt Bliss Manor, we have two separate programs. One is Transitional Housing, and tenants typically stay for 6-12 months. The second is Permanent Supportive Housing for survivors who also have a disability, and there is no time limit. All tenants have on-site case managers to help navigate a variety of obstacles to permanent housing, better living standards, sobriety and employment – all based on individuals’ needs.
Community SupportWe have a plethora of services aimed at helping our survivors move forward into their new lives. While we mostly help people who do not live in our shelter or at Bliss Manor, we do support everyone with licensed therapists who work to help our clients on their path to emotional recovery, as well as case managers who help with our clients specific needs. We also provide court advocacy, hospital advocacy and short term rental assistance.
In Family Resources, we provide an array of services for youth and parents. We are continuing to evolve our services to meet the needs of families and our community. YWCA St. Joseph is able to accomplish this through mentoring, training and support for those we serve.
Healthy Teen Parents & BabiesFor pregnant teens, young moms and dads, there are serious daily challenges to face. There are also opportunities to share in the camaraderie and support of other parents who are experiencing the same journey.
Choices & DecisionsCHOICES & DECISIONS are eight-week life skills programs for 7th-grade girls and boys at our local middle schools. Students are matched with a mentor from Missouri Western State University.
Parenting ClassesParenting classes are offered on an individual basis. Parents can choose from two curriculums. One curriculum is four hours and the other is ten hours.
The GRIT Center: Growing Resilient Independent TeensTeens in St. Joseph need a safe space where they are surrounded by their peers, adult mentors and a support system. A place that teens can turn to, that other community organizations can turn to, a place where we can begin to build strategic supports and interventions for the most vulnerable and overlooked population. This safe space is the GRIT Center!
Social Justice & Outreach
The YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. To achieve that, we join with other organizations and activities to support social justice movements.
We pride ourselves on making sure that we are providing essential tools to allow for the “whole child” approach to development. That means that every activity has a purpose that will help your child develop in all areas and will give them the foundation that they need to excel in the future. Our teachers are passionate, nurturing, and caring. They are all trained in First Aid and CPR and complete continuing education training throughout the year.
We offer care for ages 6 weeks through 6 years of age when your child goes onto kindergarten. We are open from 6:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday. We offer very competitive rates and we accept state funded childcare subsidy.
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