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who we are

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 provide transitional housing for women and children moving toward independent lives.


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 workforce. The program is available to all income levels.

YWCA Racial Equity & Inclusion Program increases local capacity to mitigate the effects of racism and to understand the root causes of it. The program works with community leaders in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha counties to help participants recognize racial bias.


The YWCA retail shop, YWCA Past & Present Gently Used Clothing Store generates income for our Alicia McCormick Homes and 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 citizens in Kanawha, Boone and Clay counties.

2024 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Leah Glover, President

Belinda Fuller, Vice President

Jessi Mills, Treasurer

Gabriele Wohl, Secretary

Jeri Matheney, Immediate Past President



Kameron Miller

Azita Misaghi

Morgandy Nichols

Samantha Nygaard

Emily Rogers

Marisa Skaff

Ellen Slotnick

Kristen Vieweg

Kate White

Michelle Wittekind

Sherri Young

Maria Belcher

Sarah Brown

Sara Busse

Amy King Condaras

Gretchen Frankenberry

Kenyatta Grant

Ruby Greenhowe

Megan Hannah

Tricia Kingery

Melinda Kiss

Patricia Kusimo

Jeri Matheney


Board Members:

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