YWCA Metro Vancouver opened its doors in 1897 to provide housing and services to women arriving in Vancouver in search of education or employment.
Originally named the Young Women’s Christian Association, our founders were dedicated women concerned about the safety and wellbeing of young women new to the city.
Today, we have a much broader focus, but we’ve kept our name because it’s a part of our legacy. The YWCA today is inclusive and provides support regardless of religion, race, age or gender.
After 125 years supporting women and families as they pursue their dreams and goals, YWCA Metro Vancouver is now one of the province’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations. And while we continuously evolve to meet the changing needs of our community, we remain committed to our overarching vision: We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies.
We offer 73 programs across Metro Vancouver. Our impact in 2021 includes:
MAKING AFFORDABLE HOUSING A REALITY
- 894 single mothers and children made their home in one of 14 YWCA Housing Communities.
STRONG START FOR CHILDREN
- 434 children received quality care at YWCA’s Child Care Centres.
SMART CHOICES FOR YOUTH
- 501 Grade 7 students participated in YWCA Guide to High School after-school program.
- 300 Grade 8-10 students took part in YWCA Dating Safe. They gained knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships free from violence and abuse.
- 230 Grade 11 and 12 girls were matched with professional women to gain leadership skills and explore career options through the YWCA High School Mentorship program.
BUILDING SKILLS AND ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE
- 4,108 people received career support or accessed training through YWCA’s Employment Services.
NOURISHING THOSE IN NEED
- 30,496 meals were served at YWCA Crabtree Corner in the Downtown Eastside.
SUPPORTING MOTHERS WHO ARE PARENTING ALONE
- 193 single mothers took part in 16 YWCA Single Mothers’ Support Groups, including specialized support groups for mothers of children with special needs.
SUPPORTING ACCESS TO JUSTICE
- 64 clients accessed our Staff Lawyer’s services, including workshops, legal information and full legal representation in family law.