More than 6,100 people moved closer to their goals and improved their quality of life at the YWCA St. Paul in 2011 - 1,930+ adults and children participated in our social service & outreach programs & 4,200+ women, men and children pursued a healthy life style through health and wellness services. Working relationships with other service providers, government agencies and businesses (280+) created a network of information, resources and referral sources that supported us in virtually every aspect of operation. In 2011, the YWCA:
•Expanded Services for Homeless Families including permanent supportive housing for homeless families in which at least one person has been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and introduced homeless prevention services for families with low to moderate barriers to stable housing.
•Strengthened Community Partnerships via invitations to participate as a partner in the community-driven, youth-centered initiatives Promise Neighborhood Program and Sprockets Saint Paul.
•New Work Readiness Services equipped low income and people of color for jobs that pay a livable wage. Through a partnership between YWCA St. Paul, City of Saint Paul, Interstate Truck Driving School & Greater Twin Cities United Way, participants had the opportunity to earn a Class B commercial driver’s license qualifying them for jobs driving heavy trucks.
•Launched New Health & Wellness Programming including a program for women who are cancer survivors. Crew (Cancer Recovery Exercise for Women) is a partnership between YWCA St. Paul, YWCA Minneapolis and Survivor’s Training.
Service to the people of our community — the hallmark of the YWCA St. Paul — will continue to drive our efforts in 2013 and beyond. As called for in our Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015, we will continue to use a holistic, collaborative approach to work to improve the outcomes of women, men, children/youth through program approaches that meet community needs and enhance community assets. This may include helping low to moderate income residents overcome barriers to employment; enhancing lives through programs that provide quality, accessible education, health and human services; expanding housing opportunities for more families; and providing opportunities for youth to develop their academic, job and life skills. YWCA will work to increase its financial resource base and be more widely recognized as a human service agency that makes a measurable impact on the community’s most pressing human service problems. Goals include:
•Maintain agency culture that enables staff to deliver best possible programs & services;
•Effectively manage the long-term financial stability of the YWCA St. Paul;
•Develop and execute an integrated marketing plan;
•Invest in facilities and infrastructure that support and enhance YWCA programs; and
•Maintain the board’s commitment to excellence and effectiveness.
Community or Constituency Served
YWCA St. Paul changes Minds, Bodies & Lives. With its century old message of unity and hope, the YWCA St. Paul works across the differences of age, race, economic level, and gender to help people experience positive change in their lives and develop to their fullest potential.
Geographic Area Served
Coordinating with a broad east metro referral network, YWCA St. Paul anchors the Summit University community and reaches out to its neighbors in Greater St. Paul.
Impact and Programs