a sleeping mother, embracing her sleeping child in her arms

“To have a place to go at 3 in the morning where it’s safe, and there’s food, and running water, and a bed for my kids – and nobody to yell at them… We need that. We really do.”

Carissa, YWCA Client

Our Journey of Care

When women and their children are able to escape abuse and spend the night in a warm, secure place, something wonderful happens: they sleep without fear.

And when this same security and support continues to exist, as it does around the clock at the YWCA, women and their children can begin to heal.

The YWCA’s journey of care is a stepping-stone to a brighter future. By providing everything they might need across multiple services, together we can help women and their children rebuild their lives – free from violence and abuse.

What does the Journey of Care include?

The YWCA’s Crossroads Shelter includes the basics for immediate emergency shelter:

  • the physical safety of a warm, private room
  • 24 hour confidential, onsite support
  • nutritious meals
  • fresh linens, clothing and personal care essentials
  • resources and referrals to additional community supports

Lauren’s Story

Lauren stayed at Crossroads Shelter as a child. Watch her moving video to better understand the difference Crossroads Shelter has made in her life – and the lives of hundreds of local women and children.

Erica’s Story

Erica turned to the YWCA for safety while ending a violent relationship. She’s sharing her story to inspire others to support the services that helped her get her life back.

Wendy’s Story

Wendy is a YWCA client, Board Director, mother and survivor of abuse who courageously shared her story to help protect other women and children in our community.