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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 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.