Since 2021, MCP has had the honor of partnering with YWCA Dayton.
Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton is the oldest social services organization supporting women and children in Montgomery County, Ohio. We are a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support.
At YWCA Dayton, we:
- Operate the only domestic violence shelters and rape crisis center in Montgomery and Preble Counties, as well as the area’s longest-running 24/7 crisis hotline: 937-222-SAFE, which responds to more than 7,000 calls every year.
- Provide affordable housing and support services for women and families who are victims of abuse or experiencing sudden or chronic homelessness. In 2020, 318 individuals in 169 households were helped by YW’s four housing assistance programs.
- Empower teens to explore and achieve their highest potential through Girls LEAD!, a signature curriculum of educational and prevention outreach programming, and engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and girls through AMEND Together, an in-school prevention education program.
- Advocate for legislative priorities that address racial justice and civil rights, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s health and safety. In just the past two years, YWCA Dayton has endorsed 30 pieces of legislation and met with 28 public officials.
Each year, YWCA Dayton’s domestic violence shelter provide more than 15,000 nights of stay to those fleeing abuse. On average, more than half of the women in our domestic violence shelters arrive with one or more children, and on a typical day, we serve around 30 youth in our shelter children’s program. Helping these families secure safe, permanent housing is critical, since we know that children exposed to violence in the home are 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average (Source: UNICEF).
Moving toward stability can be an arduous process for survivors of violence, often requiring documentation gathering, additional education, new employment, and child care, while simultaneously working to heal from trauma. In addition to wraparound case management services, YWCA Dayton’s onsite thrift shop – Hope’s Closet – supports women and families during their shelter stay by ensuring they have the clothing and hygiene necessities they need to focus on a healthy future. From providing pajamas and toothpaste to the family who just arrived in the middle of the night to helping a mom feel dressed for success before her job interview, every donation YWCA Dayton receives supports a survivor on their path toward safety.
For more information, visit www.ywcadayton.org.
Mission: YWCA Dayton is On a Mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.