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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 I stay in safe housing?
Our nine-bed crisis housing facility is anonymously located in eastern Niagara County. Victims and their children are welcomed with open arms to stay for up to 30 days. Throughout this time, clients will meet regularly with a domestic violence counselor and advocates from the YWCA will accompany them 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.

YWCA Tremont Street Project
Building Empowerment, Brick by Brick

Honor a loved one, give tribute to a special person, or see your own family name engraved on a brick that shows your support for the women of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will soon open the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community of North Tonawanda. As 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.

The YWCA Tremont Street Project will be a 12-apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family violence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

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Services available to the residents and also to area low-income women are 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 building will feature a café/coffee shop. YWCA’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities. The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating

Buy a brick and leave a lasting legacy while helping the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Your engraved, personalized brick(s) will be laid in the courtyard and front patio of the YWCA Tremont Street Project. The number of bricks for the courtyard and front patio is limited, so purchase your brick soon.

This Building Empowerment, Brick by Brick campaign is an opportunity to make the dream of the YWCA Tremont Street Project a reality. Our goal is to raise $30,000 to direct towards furnishings for the apartments. Make history, benefit women, help us complete our vision.

Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.

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