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What We Do

For more than 100 years the YWCA Utah has been a voice for women, a force for change, and a place for hope in Utah. Our enduring belief is that better lives for women–all women–will lead to stronger families and communities. Unemployment, 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 social service programs – focusing primarily in the area of family violence. With strong collaborative partnerships the YWCA has developed programs to prevent family violence, to intervene effectively when family violence does occur, and to strengthen the systems and laws designed to increase victim safety and offender accountability. The YWCA’s 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.


2014-2015 For Every Woman Programming Highlights

 • SIX REMARKABLE UTAH WOMEN RECEIVED OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS at the 26th Annual LeaderLuncheon, which featured Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe as the keynote speaker. 

• 150 WOMEN ATTENDED Real Women Run’s full day Winter and Spring Trainings.

• Over 100 emerging young leaders attended the YWCA YOUNG WOMEN’S COUNCIL’S ANNUAL YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, featuring retired Judge Sharon McCully as the keynote speaker.

THE UTAH WOMEN’S WELL-BEING INITIATIVE led the Utah release of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s (IWPR) Status of Women in the States 2015 report and secured seed funding for a full-time public policy position at the YWCA. 

• YWCA UTAH HOSTED THE RACE CARD PROJECT during the annual Stand Against Racism.