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Since 1912, the YWCA Charleston WV has been fulfilling its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Through our diverse and comprehensive network of social service programs, we serve our clients in many ways: shelter, case management, counseling, education, job training, child care/education and more.

In turn, the participants of our programs respond by mastering the qualities of self-sufficiency and independence—our success stories are many! 

Annually, we assist more than 10,000 individuals in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties. By eliminating racism and empowering women, the YWCA creates peace, justice, freedom and dignity for the people of our communities.

our mission

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.



Highland Highlights features YWCA Resolve and Girls Night Out

Highland Highlights Features YWCA Resolve and Girls Night Out

Click here for the episode.

Highland Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Schools and Suddenlink.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing July 20, 2015 – July 27, 2015 ‘highlights’ the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program and their upcoming fundraiser event, Girls Night Out. 

We interviewed Laura Williams, YWCA Victim and Shelter Services Coordinator and Patty Deutsch, YWCA Director of Program Services.

The Resolve program offers 24/7 shelter, a crisis hotline and emergency intervention for victims of domestic violence. Providing services for the entire family in Kanawha, Clay and Boone counties, YWCA Resolve also offers case management, court advocacy, counseling, support groups, safety planning, monitored parent-child visitation/exchange, parenting sessions, and programs for children, teen dating safety and batterers intervention/prevention. Licensed by the West Virginia Family Protection Services Board, our mission is to eliminate domestic violence through leadership, education, empowerment and community collaboration.

We also talked with Sandy Call and Amanda Easter, Co Chairs of the Girls Night Out event that raises necessary monies for the Family Resolve program.

The theme this year is Floral Fantasy. August 15, 2015 is the date for GNO this year. Sandy and Amanda were happy to announce the site for this year’s event is the WV State Culture Center.

Go to GNOWV.com for ticket information.

Be Part of a Legacy of Love A Gift from Charleston, WV to Charleston, SC

When Rev. Pinckney and eight fellow worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC were brutally murdered in a racially-motivated shooting last month, the nation was outraged. However, led by the example set by the congregation and victims’ families, the overwhelming response to this tragedy has been forgiveness, love and a determination to use this as a turning point in the nation’s conversation about race. The Mother Emanuel Hope and the Lowcountry Ministries—Reverend Pinckney Funds were established to ensure this conversation will take place and that Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s work for lasting change will continue.  


The Mother Emanuel Hope Fund will provide direct financial support for the funeral and burial expenses of the nine victims of the senseless tragedy. Any funds remaining will be donated directly to the Emanuel AME Church to benefit the surviving families and the Church.  


The Lowcountry Ministries – Reverend Pinckney Fund will be used to support initiatives serving vulnerable populations and youth projects that the Reverend was so passionate about, along with his home church.



In a collaborative effort between OneKanawha, Compassionate Charleston, and the City of Charleston, WV, donations are being accepted locally through July 15, 2015. Your donations to the Emanuel AME Fund through the City of Charleston, WV are tax deductible.


To make a donation, please make your check or money order out to The City of Charleston WV and designate either Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, or Reverend Pinckney Fund on the memo section of your check. Send to:


City of Charleston WV

Attn: Emanuel AME Fund
PO Box 2749
Charleston, WV 25330


Call to Action for Racial Equality in WV


Join with us Tuesday June 30 at 5:30-7:30 for an important discussion on racial equality and justice!


Solidarity Event to Honor SC Shooting Victims

Charleston WV to hold solidarity event for victims and families of Charleston SC shooting

Community leaders from many of Charleston West Virginia’s civic, and faith-based organizations are asking people to gather at Haddad River Front Park during Live on the Levee tomorrow night in a public show of sympathy and support for Charleston, South Carolina, and Emanuel AME Church still reeling from Wednesday's shooting that left nine people dead. The witness of support will take place at 7:20 p.m. just before the main act takes the stage.

Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, SC is suspected of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the Emanuel AME Church during a prayer meeting. Witnesses say that Roof announced his intention was to “shoot black people” as he opened fire. Six females and three males were killed including pastor, and state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Tomorrow night's event is being organized by the Black Ministerial Alliance, the City of Charleston, OneKanawha, and Compassionate Charleston. “We are stunned and saddened by the events in Charleston, SC. It’s hard to imagine the hate that would drive someone to open fire in a place of worship after spending an hour sitting with people in prayer," said Charleston City Council President, Tom Lane. "It's reprehensible."

"We have to acknowledge racial violence and tension in our communities is a reality. It is incumbent upon us to develop and deepen relationships with one another as a means to change this hideous paradigm. But first, we need to extend our prayers and support to those who are grieving," said OneKanawha member, Debby Weinstein.

Rev. Roberta Smith, President of the Charleston Area Black Ministerial Alliance and AME minister, and Rev. Ron English, Black Ministerial Alliance member, will lead the event.

The groups are using social media to spread the word of the event using #OneKanawha. There has also been a Face Book event created which can be found at YWCA Charleston. Donations will be collected at Friday's Live on the Levee for the Charleston, SC Emanuel AME Church's victim relief fund.


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