OUR MISSION

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

OUR FOCUS

YWCA Missoula operates several programs aimed at addressing homelessness in our community. The YWCA offers an 18-month transitional housing program designed to help homeless survivors of domestic violence (with or without children) work toward self-sufficiency and independence. The YWCA also provides emergency 50-day housing for homeless families who are committed to seeking stable, permanent housing. YWCA Missoula’s Gateway Assessment Center provides referral and support services for homeless families; and a Rapid Re-Housing program provides rent and deposit assistance to homeless families.

The YWCA’s Pathways program offers safe and confidential shelter, crisis counseling and support services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. The program provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, walk-in peer counseling, weekly support groups, in-house short-term therapy, referrals to community resources, and legal, personal and medical advocacy. Pathways Children’s Program provides therapeutic play activities and support groups to children who have witnessed domestic violence.

YWCA Missoula’s Planet Kids Supervised Visitation & Exchange Center offers a safe, child-friendly environment where court-ordered and voluntary visits between children and their nonresidential parents can occur.

Girls Using Their Strengths (GUTS!) is a unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women, ages 9 to 18. GUTS! encourages girls and young women to explore their own personal values and discover their strengths through wilderness adventures in the summer, and then continuing through the school year with after-school groups and trade-exploration workshops.

The YWCA believes racism hurts everyone. YWCA Missoula is committed to being an educational community resource for people of color and white allies who are dedicated to addressing racism in our community.

OUR LEADERSHIP STAFF

Cindy Weese, executive director
Patty Murphy, director of programs
Julie Maturen, development director
Diane Adami, philanthropy officer
E’Lise Chard, operations manager
Eileen Hatten, finance manager
Ginny Huebner, Secret Seconds general manager
Jean Vinson, Secret Seconds Thrift Stores manager
Melissa Richards, Ada’s Place program manager
Rohanna Erin, GUTS! program manager
Stephanie Wright, Gateway Center coordinator
Lyndayle Revell, Pathways program manager
Chris Young Greer, Pathways shelter coordinator
Becky Margolis, communications coordinator

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Miranda Ming, president
Cathy Powell, vice president
Shannon Parsons, secretary
Jenny Clark, treasurer
Carol Allen, ex-officio
Michelle Cares
Rachel Dierken
Sabrina Donahue
Danielle Gornick
Shawn Gray
Anne Jablonski
Natalie Jaeger
Helia Jazayeri
Chaud Johnson
Ali Kelly
Hailey Michelson
Cindy Nesselroad, immediate past president
Sally Weaver