Since 1912, the YWCA Charleston has been fostering self-sufficiency and independence. Originally designed as safe lodging for young women from rural communities coming to Charleston to pursue careers, the YWCA has evolved into the city’s most diverse and comprehensive network of social service programs. YWCA programs, facilities and services assist more than 5,000 individuals each year:
YWCA Sojourner's Shelter for Homeless Women and Families serve homeless single women, women with children, men with custody of their children and intact families.
YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program provides safety and security for battered and homeless women and children along with counseling, advocacy and education.
YWCA Shanklin Center for Senior Enrichment provides permanent housing for disabled, abused senior women. YWCA Empowerment Homes provide permanent housing for a small community of chronically homeless, disabled women. YWCA Alicia McCormick Homes: In Transition
YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center provides affordable, quality childcare including pre-school and afterschool programs for single mothers and working families so they can pursue educational opportunities or participate in the wokrforce. The program is available to all income levels.
The YWCA retail shop, YWCA Past & Present generates income for our Shanklin Center for Senior Enrichment, by selling donated clothing at affordable prices. Clothing from Past & Present is made available to our residents in need.
By helping so many people reach the goal of a self-sustaining life, the YWCA Charleston contributes greatly to a better quality of life for all citiizens in Kanawha, Boone and Clay counties.
Board of Directors
Raymona Kinneberg, President
Jennifer Vieweg, Vice President
Sarah Crouse, Treasurer
Kelly Whitlock, Secretary
Board of Directors:
Amy King Condaras
Mary Jean Davis
Katherine (Kitty) Dooley