Your investment in YWCA St. Paul helps break down barriers and supports women, children and families in our community.
For more than 100 years, YWCA St. Paul has been eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, hope, justice and dignity for all.
You might know us best for our Health & Fitness Center, but we also give people in crisis support and space to dream. We help:
• Families to fight homelessness
• At-risk youth to reach their full potential
• The unemployed and underemployed to find their place in the workforce
Addressing community needs in four core areas: Housing & Supportive Services, Youth Development, Health & Wellness and Employment & Economic Development, last year our programs and services helped more than 5,200 people to reach their goals and improve their quality of life.
You can DOUBLE your impact by becoming a new donor or increasing your previous gift amount by at least 10 percent, thanks to matching grants from the Frey Foundation.
Nicole M. is a participant of our YW Works program through the Minnesota Family Investment (MFIP) program and has been in our Permanent Supportive Housing program. Her determination to achieve her goals is just one example of how our programs bring out the shining potential in those we serve:
Growing up as the second oldest of ten, we would play school a lot. I decided I could be a school teacher because I’m motivational, I give good advice (at least I think so!), and I’m a good leader. I love seeing the “Oh, now I get it!” reaction kids have when they learn something and figure things out on their own. I connect to that personally! I know the person who can help me the most is myself.
Being able to do for myself is what drives me to stay motivated and positive. I also get a lot of motivation from the YWCA St. Paul YW Works program, especially the workshops. My favorite is Delayed Gratification, which teaches you how to choose a long-term reward over something immediate. For me, there’s no reason to not come to the workshops (unless they conflict with my school schedule), because YWCA St. Paul helps with child care, too.
At a time when a lot of people my age were going to college, I was dealing with homelessness, then was placed in the YWCA St. Paul Permanent Supportive Housing program in 2014. I’m in my last semester at Saint Paul College now, and I’ve been checking off short-term goals with my employment counselor. She helped me with my resume and a career plan, and helped me re-enroll in school, get experience in the classroom, and earn my Red Cross certification.
When I was homeless, I was moving a lot and staying with people who didn’t really care about my situation. I didn’t have any support. I’m a single parent to my three-year-old daughter, but it’s like I created a close-knit family with the YWCA. All of the counselors give so much positivity, and they get excited for me when I’ve reached a goal. They’re all really there for me.