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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does YWCA stand for?
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.
Is the YWCA a Christian Organization?
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.
Are you part of the YMCA?
Despite the similar name, the YWCA and the YMCA are independent organizations with distinct missions.
How many people do you serve?
We have served hundreds of women and children throughout our 100-year plus 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.
How long can women stay in safe housing?
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.
How do I learn more about Carolyn’s House?
Call Carolyn’s House at 716.278.9662
What educational programs are available at the YWCA?
We believe that the best way to help women and children is to provide them with ways to help themselves. We offer educational programs at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, Pre-school and universal Pre-K programs; scholarships and more.
How do I make a donation?
CLICK HERE to donate via PayPal, credit card, or by using your bank account information. Donations to the YWCA may be tax deductible and go towards funding our many programs in the Niagara Frontier.

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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