In 2015, we celebrated our 100th birthday and are looking forward to many more years providing the programs and services to our community.
Founded in 1915 by a group of women who met as a Bible study group, the YWCA has evolved as programs and services have changed to meet the needs of women and families in our community. However, in looking back we find common ground with our foremothers and the theme chosen for the dedication of our building in 1921 still rings true. It was:
“By the work you do, by the dreams you dream, by the visions you see shall you know one another."
The YWCA-Clinton is a not-for-profit service organization which, regardless of race or economic status, gives women and their families opportunities for growth and wellness. Our mission, the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women, is the cornerstone on which programs are planned and that vision drives the YWCA to create opportunities for growth, leadership and power for women, girls, and their families. We hope that as you browse our site you will find a class, program, special event, or activity that especially interests you and that you will join us!
We hope you are pleased with the progress we have made and the impact your support has had on families in our community throughout the past year. As we look to the future, we will continue to meet the needs of area families through our programming and services.
We appreciate your partnering with the YWCA to continue the mission programming, you obviously feel this mission is important either because of your membership purchase or your monetary and material donations. It is our hope that you will always see the YWCA as an organization whose mission is aligned with your own, promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA...We're on a Mission!
Open from 6 am until midnight Monday-Friday, the Children's Center
provides child care for families who's work day extends past the typical 9-5 schedule. An asset to our area employers, employees can be more productive knowing their children are being well cared for in a nurturing environment.
What does a year look like for our YWCA Housing Services*?
- 24-Hour Emergency Shelter provided 2904 nights of shelter for 65 adults and 62 children (October 1, 2014 – June 14, 2015).
- HUD Transitional Housing Program provided safe housing for 7 adults and 9 children (October 1, 2014 – February 28, 2014).
- Scattered-site Transitional Housing Program provided safe housing, financial assistance and case management services to 14 adult and 34 child victims of violence (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015).
- Rapid Rehousing Program provided 41 adults and 63 children case management and financial assistance to 41 adult and 63 child victims of violence who are experiencing homelessness with the goal of obtaining safe, affordable, long-term housing (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015).
* Due to the Iowa Attorney General's decision to regionalize how funding for domestic violence and sexual assault services is allocated in Iowa, our Emergency Shelter and HUD-funded Transitional Housing programs were closed during fiscal year 2014-2015.
The Clinton YWCA Women's Resource Center began in 1978 as a Sexual Assault Resource Center. It soon became apparent that services needed to be expanded and our center, with much community support and volunteers, began offering shelter and support to victims of domestic violence. The program was further expanded in 1988 when it began its Transitional Housing Program for women and their families who are homeless. Currently, we are able to offer our Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention programs to families with children and individuals facing homelessness.