YWCA Missoula

Eliminating racism. Empowering women.

Missoula, MT   |  www.ywcamissoula.org

Mission

YWCA Missoula is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Missoula serves Missoula, Mineral, Granite, and parts of Lake and Ravalli counties.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Cindy Weese

Main address

1800 S. 3rd St. W.

Missoula, MT 59801 USA

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EIN

81-0245851

NTEE code info

YMCA, YWCA, YWHA, YMHA (P27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

YWCA Missoula is on a mission to end domestic and sexual violence, change lives, and transform the community. With a mighty force of over 50 staff and 250 volunteers, YWCA Missoula operates 5 different programs. Last year, we served over 2,600 people, the majority of whom were low-income women.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pathways

Domestic and sexual violence services

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Trauma-informed program for children living at the Meadowlark, the home of YWCA Emergency Housing and Pathways Domestic Violence shelter. Guts Girls leadership and development (ages 9-18)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Girls
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of crime and abuse

Provides homeless families with dependent children emergency, transitional and/or permanent rapid re-housing

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Children and youth
Adults
Families

Supervised visitation and exchange center

Population(s) Served
Families

Sparking dialogue, reflection and transformation about issues of racial justice

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

YWCA Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Provide families with temporary or emergency housing and give them the resources to secure permanent housing.

Number of survivors who were sheltered, counseled and supported in our domestic violence shelter.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pathways

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Provide safe shelter, crisis counseling and support for victims of domestic violence.

Number of visits and exchanges for divorced and separated families affected by violence.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Related Program

Planet Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

YWCA Missoula provided safe, monitored exchanges and on-site supervised visits for divorced and separated families affected by violence.

Number of girls who participated in our GUTS! & GRIT Programs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Youth Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our GUTS! and GRIT Programs empower girls and to become the next generation of strong females by challenging them to explore their skills and strengths and exposing them to trade based work.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pathways

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

YWCA Missoula is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our direct services and advocacy are designed to end domestic and sexual violence, provide shelter for homeless families, change lives and transform the Missoula community.

We accomplish this through our five programs. Through our Pathways program, we are invested in creating real change for real people, which means offering a range of ongoing support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Clients can reach advocates through our 24-hour hotline, walk-in counseling, and weekly support groups. Pathways also provides in-house therapy, children's services, and referrals for legal, personal, and medical advocacy.

For divorced and separated families affected by violence, our Planet Kids Supervised Visitation and exchange Center offers safe, monitored exchanges and on-site supervised visits. Being able to provide positive interactions between children and parents not only ensures a child's safety, but also the safety of a parent who may not have a safe way to initiate visitation, or who may not want contact with the other parent.

Homeless families come to the YWCA Housing Program because the YWCA is one of the few organizations that provides temporary of emergency housing to homeless one and two parent families. Residents work closely with staff to secure permanent housing and economic security. Every family is different, so our services must be just as diverse as our clients' needs. The YWCA provides emergency housing, long-term transitional housing, and rental assistance for permanent housing.

Our Racial Justice Initiative puts civil rights at the forefront of our work, with an inclusive staff and volunteer team and strong relationships with organizations led by and serving people of color. In continuation of a long tradition of civil rights history, we host annual teach-ins and anti-oppression training in direct response to community concerns.

Inspiring young women to take action for themselves and their community, the GUTS! Program ( Girls Using Their Strength) empowers girls and young women to become the next generation of strong female leaders. Girls in our Guts! summer and after-school programs explore personal values, complete service projects, build healthy relationships, and discover their strengths.

In addition to staff , YWCA services are provided in large part by volunteers, members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA, and practicum and intern students. The dedication of our volunteers allows us to serve the women, children, and families who need our help, 24 hours a day. Generous financial contributions from Missoula community members support the day-to-day needs of the YWCA program participants and have a large-scale impact of the services we provide in the community. In addition to our passionate volunteers and donors, proceeds from purchases and donations at the YWCA Secret Seconds Thrift Stores directly support our programs and services while providing participants the opportunity to shop, using free vouchers, for items they need as they rebuild their lives.

YWCA Missoula is an organization for people of all ages, races, genders, and faiths. Each year we touch the lives of many people in need of safety, stable housing, trauma-informed care, or youth development. Here is a glimpse of the impact of YWCA Missoula for the last fiscal year 2017.

The YWCA Missoula, through our five programs, served over 2600 people, the majority of whom were low-income women.

Planet Kids coordinated 1,968 safe visits and exchanges to 150 families including 130 children.

GUTS! empowered 212 girls all over Missoula through summer and after-school programs and trade exploration workshops.

The YWCA is the primary housing provider for homeless in Missoula. Through Ada's Place, our housing program, the YWCA provided safe shelter for 918 people including 485 children.

Pathways provided crisis counseling, support, and safety to over 1300 survivors of interpersonal violence.

Our Racial Justice Initiative developed the Montana Racial Equity Report as a tool for racial justice programming at organizations across the state of Montana.

Financials

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Operations

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YWCA Missoula

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cathy Powell

Medical Professional

Term: 2020 - 2022

Michelle Cares

ACLU/Missoula City Council

Annie Belcourt

University of Montana

Sabrina Donahue

Deirdre Flaherty

Flaherty Financial Services, Inc.

Natalie Jaeger

Big Sky High School

Helia Jazayeri

Kalkstein, Johnson & Dye, P.C.

Shannon Parsons

UM Police Department

Cathryn Powell

Missoula Women's Health Care

Miranda Ming

WGM Group, Inc.

Holly Ondrasek

Missoula Broadcasting

Sally Weaver

UM Law School

Kathy Veazey

Denise Juneau

Blue Cloud Consulting

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.