The YWCA Central Virginia offers support today to the women and girls of our community. Through eight different programs and numerous special events and projects, we are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help our clients develop the strength they need for a better tomorrow.
Our Residential Housing has been in operation since 1912, providing safe, affordable dormitory style rental housing for low-income single women. Since 1997, the YWCA has offered the Transitional Housing program for women who fit the government classification of homeless. Rental assistance is provided, along with guidance and support, to further their goal of independent living.
The YWCA is continually working toward to elimination of racism. A Side by Side Walk for Racial Justice and Harmony is held every April to further community awareness of the problem of racism. The YWCA has also started a Book Club to encourage community education and discussion on racial issues and to foster racial and cultural toleration and understanding. We are expanding the program by offering educational luncheons, and participating in the Lynchburg Community Dialogue on Race and Racism.
Domestic Violence Prevention Center.
The YWCA supports and operates a Domestic Violence Shelter which provides a safe place for women and children escaping violent homes. The Shelter provides emergency housing, 24-hour hotline, food, counseling, court advocacy, support groups, children's services, and legal counseling services.
The YWCA works toward the prevention of all types of violence through our participation in the Week Without Violence, which takes place every October.
Children's Supervised Visitation Center.
The Children's Supervised Visitation Center provides a safe, child-focused environment in which children can visit noncustodial parents or grandparents. The visits can be court-ordered and are monitored to ensure the safety and well-being of the children.
Ygyrl Leaders Program.
The YWCA works through a partnership in education with Lynchburg City Schools to improve the lives of a diverse group of young women. Ygyrl Leaders offers young women the opportunity to learn from achieving women from the community and to enhance their personal, academic, leadership and career development. The young women are nominated in 9th and 10th grade to the program by school counselors and teachers and they may continue developing their leadership potential and community voice through 12th grade in the alumni program.
The YWCA support the empowering of women economically through welfare reform, subsidized transitional housing, and job training.
Church Street Bridal and Church Street Bridal, Too.
The Church Street Bridal shops are a fundraiser located inside the YWCA, created to not only help support the programs of the YWCA and DVPC, but also to provide a more affordable alternative for brides on a budget, as well as those needing mother of the bride, bridesmaid, prom or other evening gowns.