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YWCA stands for Young Women Christian Association. Just as in 1858 when the YWCA was first established, members of the YWCA stand for the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.
The YWCA is an independent, non-religious organization. The name YWCA stems from roots in the Christian faith. Today, the YWCA embraces members from all faiths who are committed to creating opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.
Despite the similar name, the YWCA and the YMCA are independent organizations with distinct missions
We have served hundreds of women and children throughout our 100-year history in Niagara County through safe housing, vocational training, advocacy, childcare, and crisis support programs. Now with programs throughout the entire Niagara Frontier, we have the opportunity to serve hundreds more.
Our nine-bed crisis housing facility is anonymously located in eastern Niagara County. Female victims and their children are welcomed with open arms to stay for up to 30 days. Throughout this time, women will meet regularly with a domestic violence counselor and advocates from the YWCA will accompany women to court proceedings and provide them with housing and employment options. Homeless women and children at Carolyn’s House stay in the supported facility until their individual goals have been met.
We believe that the best way to help women and children is to provide them with ways to help themselves. We offer many educational programs at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier including a S.T.E.M. program to teach school-aged girls the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; pre-school and universal pre-K programs; scholarships; HSE/ESL classes; and more.
“It takes a village,” and we are proud to support women and families with many childcare and recreational programs at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. Some of these include preschool programs, UPK, summer camp, mid-winter recess child care, and before and after school programs for ages K-4 and middle/intermediate school-aged children.