YWCA Missoula creates real change for more than 3,000 adults and children each year. Based in The Meadowlark, our programs aim to end domestic and sexual violence, help unsheltered families obtain stable housing, and transform Missoula into a place where all people, regardless of their race or gender, have opportunities for growth, leadership and power.
Domestic & Sexual Violence
We provide life-saving services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. The Pathways program includes a 24-hour crisis hotline and response, emergency shelter for adults and children fleeing abusive situations, transitional housing, support groups, mental health counseling and legal support.
We work with unhoused families to find and maintain safe, stable housing and achieve self-sufficiency. Services include short-term emergency shelter in the Missoula Family Housing Center, case management, assistance with basic resources, and funding for rental assistance.
Planet Kids Supervised Visitation & Exchange Center helps keep children and adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse or stalking safe during custodial exchanges or visitations. We provide a safe space for children to visit with their noncustodial parents.
We reduce the impact of trauma on children who have experienced violence or housing instability through enriching after-school and summer programs, support groups and therapeutic activities. Our GUTS! leadership program offers mentorship, community groups, and outdoor adventures to girls and gender-diverse youth.
The YWCA’s Racial Justice Initiative aims to dismantle societal systems and norms that are the reasons Black, Indigenous and other people of color are disproportionately affected by issues of poverty, housing instability, underemployment and violence. Our work includes community education and advocacy, as well as internal anti-racism training.