Advancing
Racial Justice​

YWCA St. Paul advances racial justice through education and advocacy in the community, by working with organizations seeking to build equity, and through programs focused on breaking down barriers in areas of significant racial and gender disparity.
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Fighting
Homelessness

Our range of housing programs combine affordable housing with customized support services that help participants stabilize their lives, build new skills, connect to community and secure a future of safe, stable housing. 
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Building
Strength

The Health & Fitness center helps people live active lifestyles, prevent and manage chronic medical conditions and reduce stress through a variety of fitness options, membership types and financial assistance to help keep healthy living accessible.
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Overcoming
Barriers

In Employment & Economic Development programs people to build professional skills and overcome barriers to employment to enhance self-sufficiency.
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Empowering
Youth

Young people in our Youth Development programs create positive relationships with peers and staff to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in the classroom, work place and community.
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ywca is on a mission

To better help understand the impact racism has on our lives, YWCA St. Paul’s CEO Gaye Adams Massey moderated a virtual Town Hall on “Tackling Racism” with renowned community leaders Judge Pamela Alexander, James Burroughs, Justin Terrell and Dr. Yohuru Williams.  The compelling conversation sets the groundwork for community conversation, activism, and reform in a unique community forum, providing information on how we can each be a catalyst for change.

News

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Mask Update

The latest guidelines at YWCA St. Paul require face coverings for all YW employees, and for fitness members and visitors that are unvaccinated. We strongly encourage facial coverings for everyone regardless of vaccination status, and continue to encourage social distancing, fitness reservation systems, self-cleaning stations and staying home if you are not feeling well.

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Board Spotlight: Yohuru Williams

A Historian Looks to the Future – Yohuru Williams Profile

Dr. Yohuru Williams, YWCA St. Paul’s Board Chair takes a straightforward approach to allocating his time. “Part of my calculation is to ask, where is the greatest need and where can I have the greatest impact? Where I allocate my time is influenced by where I can create ripples—ripples that amplify the work that’s already being done.”

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Events

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School Supply Drive | August 30–September 10

YWCA St. Paul’s housing programs provide housing and supportive services to single-parent families. Children in our programs will need supplies for the upcoming school year. Our families have limited resources and purchasing school supplies can be a challenge.

Help students in our housing programs continue virtual learning with the supplies they need!

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Free COVID-19 Vaccine Event (Ages 12+, Registration Required)

Ramsey County and YWCA St. Paul are teaming up to hold a free COVID-19 vaccination event at our Health & Fitness Center (HFC). Clinicians from Community Clinics will be administering the Pfizer (2 dose) vaccine on August 27 between 5:00 – 7:00 pm (first dose) and on September 17 between 5:00 – 7:00 pm (second dose).

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