WHAT WE DO
YWCA Kalamazoo works towards eliminating racism and empowering women through:
- Advancing Women & Public Policy
YWCA Kalamazoo’s newest department was created in 2015 with a goal of being a resource to all women and girls in our community. Through awareness campaigns and educational programming, Women’s Initiatives educates, engages, and mobilizes the community about racial justice, gender equity, and gendered violence. By educating the public and policymakers on a local, state and federal level regarding women’s health and safety, women’s economic empowerment, and racial justice and civil rights, YWCA Kalamazoo ensures that the voices of underrepresented communities are heard.
- Caring for Victims of Assault and Violence
Since the mid 1970’s, YWCA Kalamazoo has provided confidential, non-judgmental crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy to support abused women, men, and survivors of sexual assault. YWCA Kalamazoo supports these survivors through our Victim Services department. Victim Services houses the Domestic Assault Program, Sexual Assault Program, Anti-Trafficking Program, and our Transitional/Permanent Housing Program. Victim Services’ programs are free to the community and available to anyone who seeks our assistance.
- Improving Children’s Lives
YWCA Kalamazoo has provided children’s programming since 1985. YWCA Kalamazoo Children’s Center, a 4-star high-quality early learning center licensed through the State of Michigan that welcomes children ages 6 weeks through the year prior to Kindergarten entry. The Children’s Center also hosts our Little Seeds program which offers children receiving services through the YWCA Kalamazoo a chance to take part in therapeutic-developmentally appropriate activities to develop coping techniques for school and at home. Our staff is committed to providing quality childcare and Preschool programming at affordable prices so that all children in Kalamazoo can have access to a safe and supportive learning environment. We are dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of transient and vulnerable children experiencing trauma through both the Children’s Center and the Little Seeds Program.