The history of the YWCA is the history of progress in America.

Established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, we opened the first employment bureau for women several years later. That was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's rights and civil rights.

We continue to evolve to meet today's challenges in eliminating racism and empowering women. We've shifted to a bottoms-up, grassroots structure. We've launched a revitalized brand that reaffirms the mission of working aggressively for women and people of color. And we're engaging women 18- to 34-years old to carry on the YWCA mission for years to come.

The YWCA advocacy issues reflect our mission and the values of our organization. We promote solutions to improve the lives of women, girls and people of color across the country.

From lobbying for pay equity and hate crimes legislation to the increased funding for Head Start and the Violence Against Women Act, the YWCA advocates on Capitol Hill while employees and volunteers empower women and girls in our communities.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Dove House Shelter

Dove House is Butler County’s protective shelter for victims of domestic violence. Services include:
  • Court Advocacy
  • 24-hour protective shelter
  • Child Advocacy
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Support and educational groups
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RESIDENCY - Homeless & Mental Health

The YWCA Hamilton provides three safe, affordable-housing programs for women in Butler County.
  • Goodman Place Services
  • Transitional
  • Permanent
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The YWCA Hamilton offers a variety of programs for children and adults to improve their reading skills and advance their education.
  • Adult Education
  • Elementary & Pre-School Reading 
  • Family Literacy Nights

Girls Inc.

The YWCA Hamilton, Ohio is an affiliate of Girls Incorporated which strives to enable girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold™ and to achieve their full potential through programming that builds their capacity for confident and responsible adulthood, economic independence and personal fulfillment.


Welfare Reform
The YWCA supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency and provides affordable and accessible child care.

Increasing Womens Income
The YWCA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds

Affordable, Accessible Early Childhood Education
The YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable children to succeed in school.

Professional Women's Forum

A facilitated group discussion dealing with today's hot topics concerning women in business.
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