Who We Are
Since 1906 YWCA Utah has strengthened the safety, health and well-being of Utah women and their families. Our enduring belief has been that better lives for women–all women–will lead to stronger families and communities.
Employment, fair working conditions, racial discrimination, affordable housing, family violence, homelessness, and teen pregnancy are some of the issues the YWCA has addressed during its first century in Utah. Throughout its history the YWCA has worked to meet the needs of underserved populations – women migrating west to find work during the Depression, servicemen during World War I and World War II, and relocated Japanese-Americans after World War II. The YWCA offered Utah’s first African-American and Japanese-American girls clubs, women’s boarding house, public cafeteria, women’s employment bureau, and local traveler’s aid society.
Since opening the first domestic violence crisis shelter in Utah in 1976, the YWCA has developed an integrated range of programs in the area of family violence, including shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children. The YWCA’s trauma-informed programs address a variety of basic, immediate needs for safety, shelter, food, and clothing, as well as longer term needs for affordable housing, quality child care, economic empowerment, racial justice, emotional health, and physical well-being. Today the YWCA is Utah’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive provider of shelter, transitional housing, education, and supportive services for women and children who have experienced family violence.
YWCA Utah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We have made progress, but we still have a long way to go