Who We Are & What We Do
Since 1887, YWCA Richmond has helped women, children and families in the community of Richmond, Virginia. Over those past 130 years, our programs have evolved and expanded to meet the unique needs of our community, all within the mission framework of the network of YWCA affiliates throughout the world: to eliminate racism and empower women.
Today, we empower women, children and families in the Richmond region to live their best lives through a variety of programs and leadership opportunities.
Many of our programs are free of charge, enabling equal opportunities for women, children, and families of all ages, races and income levels. We have been providing emergency housing for women (and their dependent children) escaping violent homes for nearly forty years. In recent years, we adopted a private emergency housing model for survivors escaping eminent danger at home to begin their transformation to independence.
As a solution-focused, trauma-informed agency, we provide choices in transformative programming to survivors of domestic, sexual and intimate partner violence, offering both emergency & ongoing services. Two of our services are regional and operate around the clock: the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline and R-HART (the Regional Hospital Accompaniment & Response Team).
Through all these programs, we strive to help survivors of violence foster emotional, social, and economic stability.
We provide children ages 2.5 to 5-years-old with quality opportunities for learning through our nationally-accredited preschool.
YWCA Richmond will continue to need the support of volunteers and donors to help families supported by our programs and services. If you are interested in supporting in-kind needs of families, holding a donation drive, or in volunteering, please check out our Support page for ways to help.