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  • What does ‘YWCA’ stand for?
    YWCA initially stood for Young Women’s Christian Association. Today, it is recognized simply by the letters YWCA. We provide comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, or religious affiliation.
  • What is the association between the YMCA and YWCA?
    There is no association between the YMCA and YWCA. Each organization operates independently with distinct missions and services.
  • Why do YWCA materials include the phrase “eliminating racism”?
    YWCA’s national mission includes eliminating racism. Locally, we strive to create a community of social justice, working towards inclusion and equality for all. We achieve this by educating staff, implementing inclusive policies, and practicing nondiscrimination. We also collaborate with organizations that share our values to promote inclusion and equality.
  • Does YWCA accept sample or travel-sized toiletries?
    No, we do not accept sample or travel-sized toiletries. Our shelter houses families for up to 90 days, requiring full-sized hygiene products to adequately meet their needs and reduce waste.
  • How is YWCA funded?
    YWCA Pierce County’s funding comes from various sources. Nearly half of our annual budget is covered by government grants. We also receive support from community foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donors. Additional funds are raised through special events and annual giving campaigns. Because the need for our services is constant, we are always accepting donations. Click here to make a donation to support YWCA Pierce County.
  • How many people can the shelter accommodate?
    Our shelter is located in a converted apartment building with 25 units. We do not double up families, so the maximum capacity is 75 adults and children. The number of residents varies depending on family sizes.
  • How long can someone stay in the emergency shelter?
    Residents can stay in our emergency shelter for up to 90 days. During this time, a case manager and team of advocates help them determine their next steps towards safety and stability.
  • How can someone get into the shelter?
    Individuals fleeing an immediate danger due to domestic violence should call our 24-hour DV hotline at (253) 383-2593. An advocate will conduct an initial screening to determine eligibility. If space is available and the caller qualifies, the advocate will arrange for them to come to the shelter.
  • What if there is no room in the shelter?
    If the shelter is full, advocates assist with safety planning and provide referrals to other resources. Although we turn away an average of 150 requests per month, we strive to offer each caller appropriate support and referrals.
  • How should I respond if someone tells me they are being abused?
    If someone confides in you about abuse, it is crucial to believe them. Show support by being patient, attentive, and kind. Offer them a safe space to call our hotline and speak to a trained advocate. Reassure them that they do not deserve the abuse and that help is available. Avoid dictating their actions, breaking their confidence, or pressuring them.
  • Does YWCA offer services to men?
    Yes, YWCA Pierce County provides services to all adults, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or disability. We are committed to inclusivity and tailor our services to meet individual needs.
  • How can I help a friend or colleague experiencing domestic violence?
    Call our 24-hour hotline to speak with a trained Advocate who can provide guidance, information, and resources to help you support your friend or colleague.
  • Does YWCA help with all kinds of relationship or family abuse?
    YWCA’s programs are specifically designed for individuals experiencing abuse from intimate partners. However, our 24-hour hotline can connect you to appropriate resources for other types of abuse.
  • Is everything that happens at YWCA confidential?
    Confidentiality is critical to our services. However, YWCA staff are legally required to report any suspected child abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults to the appropriate authorities.

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