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We Rise By Lifting Others

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Who We Are

We’re the people you can rely on

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier was formed in 2015 through the merger of YWCA Tonawandas and YWCA of Niagara. Together, we are now able to assist women in all walks of life throughout the entire Niagara Frontier.

At the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, we value education and empowerment. Together, we can change the course of hopelessness in women who have experienced rape and domestic abuse; teach valuable life and learning skills; give women and children the tools they need to achieve their dreams; and provide a strong community of care with our many youth services.

Stable Housing

283 formerly homeless women and children are in stable YWCA housing each year.

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Women & Children Safe

Education Programs

768 families each year rely on the YWCA school age care programs to provide a safe, educational environment for working parents.

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Families Helped

Employment & Training

40 marginalized women annually receive unemploymennt and training skills in a safe environment returning them to the workforce.

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Women Employed

Community Safety Services

1,468 women and children receive comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services. These services and trainings are also provided to local schools and community groups to enhance community safety.

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Women & Children Served

What We Do

We believe that what we do has the ability to change lives for the better.

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We teach women and children how to create their own success through educational and self-sufficiency programs.

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We give support, education, and legal assistance to women who have experienced domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse.

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We provide safe housing for the homeless, impoverished, and those in need at our Carolyn’s House and Crisis Housing facilities.

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We aid in child care for all ages through our affordable youth services and before and after school, and summer programs.

YWCA of Niagara Frontier 1913-2019

Proud of Our Past, Focused on Our Fearless Future

With the combined inspirational, impacting, and vital histories of both YWCA of Niagara and YWCA of the Tonawandas, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier encompasses a rich legacy of over 100 years of involvement in social justice and community engagement.

Spanning over a century of interesting classes, invaluable programming, educational opportunities, and safe housing as well as a wonderful variety of events, the YWCA has always been and continues to be committed to reaching out with pertinent, timely, and life-changing programs that support its mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

We are so thankful to Nancy McGlen PhD., Jean Harmon, and Joelle Logue for the extensive time, incredible creativity, and comprehensive gathering of information and images they all put forth to craft the two literary treasures below. You have our deepest gratitude always.

Watch Our Progress!

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is on the brink of opening the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community in which they reside.  It is the latest in a series of life-altering programs and projects introduced by the YW over the years, with a goal of improving the lives of women living in WNY.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and its forerunners have a 125 year history of engagement in and with their communities, evolving with the needs of the times and consistently supporting the mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  A result of the 2015 merger of the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has strengthened its portfolio, increasing its effectiveness within the broader geographical footprint.

Building on its recognized history and experience of providing shelter for victims of domestic violence and transitional and permanent housing for women (and their children) without a place to call home, the YWCA is now constructing a 12 apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family valence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

Each resident will have their own (approximately 500 sq. ft.) furnished apartment, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and sitting area.  There will be communal laundry facilities, exercise, and relaxation space. A protected garden green space and patio will provide respite during more user-friendly outdoor months. Equally important are the services available to the residents and also to area low income women who would benefit from them, such as case management, trauma informed individual and group counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, life and/or job skill training with on-site employment opportunities, financial literacy advocacy, responsible tenant and homeownership counsel, and client-specific information and referrals.  

The ground floor of the historic, refurbished building will feature a café/coffee shop, providing refreshment for the community and residents at the Tremont apartments.  YW’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities, a model that has proven successful for the YW and its clients, as it also indirectly supports businesses by enhancing the NT shopping experience.  The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating.

The YWCA is currently seeking sponsors to help meet the funding needs for the Café, programs and residences.  Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at Granchelli@ywcanf.org or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.


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