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The YWCA El Paso del Norte Region transforms the lives of 
women, girls and their families, helping them reach their full 
potential by delivering innovative affordable programs and 
promoting equal opportunities for all.

Our Mission
To eliminate racism. To empower women.

About the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region
In April 2009, the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region will celebrate 100 years of service to our community. During the last century, the YWCA has played a major role in addressing significant and varied socioeconomic problems and community needs in our region through its organizational capacity, its community-wide facilities and its mission-driven programs and services aimed at empowering women and eliminating racism. With great pride in the past accomplishments of the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and with a powerful vision for its future direction, the YWCA is prepared to embark upon a journey leading to the next 100 years.

Our Programs

Investing in Children and Families

After-School Programs
Research has shown that after-school programs may help students apply themselves academically and finish high school, increase their readiness for college and reduce grade repetition. During the school year, 1,324 children participated in 53 YWCA after-school programs.

YWCA activity leaders and assistants are at each school site before the dismissal bell rings. Children enjoy healthy snacks, games, crafts, outdoor recreation, tutoring and begin their homework assignments.

Pre-School Child Development Centers
The YWCA El Paso del Norte Region provides child care in 14 child development centers located throughout El Paso. In 2007-08 average daily enrollment was 1,157 children for 260 days of care.

By providing safe, stable care for their children, we empower women and their families, affording them opportunities to obtain new or improved employment, or advance their education.

Children enrolled in YWCA Child Development Centers are welcomed into a caring environment that incorporates best practices for child care and promotes the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each child.

We have partnered with many local agencies, school districts and other non-profit organizations to provide care to children of teen parents and community college students. Special care is given to children fighting cancer, children of parents fighting cancer, children residing in public housing and the homeless children of El Paso.

Fitness and Aquatics
Through fitness and aquatics programs, the YWCA promotes and supports healthier living in the Paso Del Norte Region. Key components include a dynamic menu of land and water group fitness classes, certified personal trainers and instructors, fitness consultations, and weight room and cardio orientations.

Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, our fitness centers are dedicated to helping you succeed in achieving your fitness goals. We believe that results are attained by a great fitness experience that will restore and enhance your mind and body, leaving you feeling refreshed, alive and ready to meet life's challenges.

Learn all the benefits and rewards of membership and start living a healthy lifestyle today.

Summer Camp
The YWCA summer camp programs, offered at four locations, feature both indoor and outdoor activities, games, swimming, arts and crafts, language experiences and other special programs to enrich children's out-of-school experiences. A healthy breakfast, lunch and snack are served daily. YWCA summer camp programs play a critical role in assuring that young people return to school ready to learn.

Strengthening Families in Transition

Transitional Living Center
Since 1993, the Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center (TLC), a residental shelter for homless women and their children, has provided housing with supportive services.

Residents may stay for up to two years, while they progress through an individualized self-sufficiency plan by advancing their education, obtaining job readiness skills and employment, and building the life skills they need to maintain their independence.

The TLC has 20 apartment units and 19 rooms for families and/or single women.

Community Development Corporation
The YWCA Community Development Corporation was established in 1998 to address the need for affordable housing and continues to manage affordable housing options for families in need.

-- Affordable Housing for Seniors: Twelve apartments offer affordable residences for older adults who choose to live independently and remain active in their community. The apartments create a safe, supportive environment where seniors live among peers and utilize the resources of the YWCA Lower Valley branch next door.

-- Independence House: This year, Independence House provided a safe home for ten women and fourteen children leaving family violence situations and moving toward self-sufficiency.

Children Cope with Divorce
Children Cope With Divorce is a court-mandated program that teaches parents how to meet the needs of their children during and following divorce. The program's advisory council is comprised of judges, attorneys, licensed counselors and family therapists. Instructors are "Transparenting" certified through the Families First Organization.

Child Care Services (CCS)
CCS, funded by the Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board, supports the work and training activities of low income families by provididing financial assistance for childcare. CCS assisted parents by paying child care costs for an average of 7,033 children each month.  

Through its CCS contract, the YWCA contributes to economic empowerment and workforce development in our community by supporting parents in identifying appropriate care for their children.

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
CCR&R is dedicated to helping families make informed child care choices, educating child care providers in the community and supporting employers by providing child care information seminars. We provide services for El Paso County.

CCR&R services are free of charge. All information provided is confidential and is not shared with outside parties, individuals or agencies. 

Mi Casa
The Judy and Kirk Robison Mi Casa Child Development Center is one of the most unique and important child development centers in the State of Texas.

Working in cooperation with the Homeless Coalition of El Paso, Mi Casa Child Development Center is a fully licensed child care center, dedicated solely to serving the child care needs of the homeless families in the City of El Paso.

Mi Casa transports children to and from 13 area homeless shelters every day and provides child care to these children free of charge.

The staff of Mi Casa consists of our most experienced teaching specialists who are trained to address many of the social, emotional and physical development issues that are common to homeless children.

Our hope is that by providing this care, we enable parents to focus on reshaping their lives and establishing a sustainable living so that they can provide a home for their family. Mi Casa allows homeless families to move through their day without worrying about the care of their children. 

Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS)
In 2006-07, housing counseling and education activities continued to grow in the Las Cruces, New Mexico office. With new grant funding and partnerships with the Housing Authorities of the City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, housing and credit counseling and first time homebuyer education were provided to the area's colonia residents. CCCS also continued its support of the City of El Paso's First Time Homebuyer Assistance Program, using new tools such as Freddie Mac's Loan Prospector Outreach program.

Summary of Services:

  • Homebuyer education classes for prospective and new  homeowners
  • Housing counseling in order to address the growing crisis in the housing and mortgage industries
  • Credit and money management counseling for families and individuals, including debt management plans
  • Money management education programs - made possible with funding from the creditor industry
  • Community outreach sessions

Las Cruces Operations
The YWCA Credit Counseling and Home Ownership Center continues to provide credit counseling, money management education, housing counseling and homebuyer education.


Army Childcare in Your Neighborhood
Funded by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood (ACCYN) seeks to ensure that military families arriving in our community have access to high quality, affordable childcare.

The ACCYN grant has established a network of seven home and center-based facilities that offer high quality care and are nationally certified. Military families who enroll in the network receive military subsidies to cover part of their childcare costs.

Project Redirection
Ensuring high graduation rates and quality prenatal care for pregnant and parenting teens are the major goals of Project Redirection.

A team of caring professionals work with participating teens to ensure success by providing access to classes on parenting, budgeting, domestic and teen dating violence, self-esteem and breastfeeding. Case managers conduct home visits, service referrals and offer moral support before and after the birth of the child until the high diploma or its equivalent is achieved.

Building Our Community

Racial Justice Program
The Racial Justice "We...the People" Initiative fosters justice, appreciation for diversity and the elimination of racism via our core values of Respect, Understanding, Acceptance and Appreciation through education, collaboration, dialogue and advocacy.

Momentum Leadership
This YWCA three-day interactive workshop provides leadership development experiences, incorporating our core values. Graduates participate in a group project, mini-seminars and volunteer on YWCA committees. 

Teen Leadership
The YWCA Teen Leadership program provides activities to youth ages 11-18 years, engaging them in developing their leadership potential, self-esteem and preparing for a positive and healthy life. Our curriculum contains 100 interactive and educational modules which address self awareness, appreciation of differences and responsibility for self and community.

The REACH Awards, established in 1979, honor and REcognize the ACHIievements of women and girls who make significant contributions in business, education, arts and community service in El Paso, and who exemplify the YWCA's core values and leadership principles.

Las Cruces REACH
The Las Cruces REACH Awards were presented in April 2007 and celebrated the achievements of 32 individuals including three college and 11 high school students.

Teen REACH was hosted in April 2008. Over 200 students in the 9th - 12th grades participated in the YWCA "REACH for the Stars" conference. Students from 6 area school districts were invited to participate in this unique leadership opportunity for young men and women. The conference was divided into 4 tracks to provide students with information and guidance on the following topics: Paying for College; and Seeking Job Training. A fourth track, Girls Empowerment, was a unique offering just for girls.

Volunteer Services
The YWCA thanks our many volunteers who served and contributed to our program areas, committees and board. Over 2,300 volunteers donated more than 43,000 hours of volunteer services this year alone. Please contact us with questions about becoming a volunteer or internship programs at the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region.

Sarah D. Lea Administration Building
1918 Texas Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 533-2311

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
1600 Brown Street (rear)
El Paso, Texas 79902
(915) 577-2530

Independence House
1600 Brown Street
El Paso, Texas 79902
(915) 577-2542

Katharine White Harvey Branch
313 Bartlett Drive
El Paso, Texas 79912
(915) 584-4007

Joyce Whitfield Jaynes Branch
1600 Brown Street
El Paso, Texas 79902
(915) 533-7475

Myrna J. Deckert Branch
9135 Stahala Drive
El Paso, Texas 79924
(915) 757-0306

Dorothy Woodley Hunt  Branch
115 Davis Drive
El Paso, Texas 79907
(915) 859-0276

Shirley Leavell Branch
10712 Sam Snead Drive
El Paso, Texas 79935
(915) 593-1289

Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center
(915) 566-2762

Mary Ann Dodson Camp
4400 Boy Scout Lane
El Paso, Texas 79922
(915) 585-9123

Child Development Centers

Angela Guevara
500 Rubin Drive
(915) 833-5500

212 Lisbon Street
(915) 772-7598

Betty Moore MacGuire
313 Bartlett Drive
(915) 584-4007

2114 Magoffin Avenue
(915) 533-3125

EPCC Transmountain
9570 Gateway North
(915) 831-5832

EPCC Valle Verde
919 Hunter Drive
(915) 831-2123

9135 Stahala Drive
(915) 757-0306

10712 Sam Snead
(915) 593-1289

Mavis H. Escobar
115 Davis Drive
(915) 859-4007

Mi Casa
(Undisclosed Location)

Patricia M. Rogers
1600 Brown Street
(915) 533-7475

School-Age Parent Center
El Paso Independent School District

425 Jaffe Place
(915) 542-0162


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