what we do
The YWCA of Greater Portland serves women, children, and families, from all walks of life—regardless of their age, race, or income level. Our programs span four key areas:
The YWCA’s Camp Westwind has been changing the lives of youth and families for over 75 years. Camp Westwind fosters essential life skills such as confidence, respect and social awareness. The programs comprise multiple camp sessions that have been designed to appeal to both youth and families.
domestic violence services
The YWCA’s Domestic Violence Program provides safety, shelter, and crisis intervention to women and children escaping domestic violence. Yolanda House is an emergency shelter that empowers survivors of domestic violence to achieve personal safety, self-sufficiency and a renewed sense of hope. This is facilitated through personalized advocacy, housing referrals, emergency food and clothing, safety planning (including advocacy for court-ordered protection), and transition and life skills support. Access to domestic violence services are also facilitated via The Gateway Center.
The YWCA’s Senior Services Program offers a wide range of information and support to seniors, empowering them to maintain healthy and independent lives in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Co-located at the East Multnomah Aging & Disability Services building in Gresham, our services are tailored to meet the needs of seniors and their caregivers, and include: case management, support and respite for caregivers, chronic disease support groups, Medicare counseling, and legal assistance. The senior services team also act as advocates for their clients by facilitating their access to services provided by the YWCA’s partner agencies.
social change program
The YWCA’s Social Change Program provides education, dialogue and events to foster a theoretical and practical understanding of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. The aim of the program is to increase awareness of these issues and equip our community with the knowledge and skills required to help build a more equitable world. Our interactive workshops cover topics such as domestic violence, oppression, bias, and cultural competency.