Mission: The ywca of kitsap county is dedicated to ensuring the personal safety, rights, welfare, and dignity of those who experience domestic abuse while building partnerships and increasing community awareness to create positive social change.
Programs: The ywca alive shelter program provides temporary-emergency housing and comprehensive range of supportive services for domestic violence victims and their children. In 2014, the ywca alive shelter program provided housing for 35 women and 24 children, 175 women attended weekly community-based support groups, 4,711 crisis and information and referrals calls were received. 12 families moved from the shelter into permanent housing and one family moved into alive transitional housing. Nine women found employment and four enrolled in college. This program was allocated inkind rent of $616.
the ywca alive bainbridge island/north kitsap domestic violence program provides more accessibility to services for families who reside in north kitsap communities. In 2014, this program provided support to 198 families. Community members were assisted with 67 orders of protection and 40 court hearings. 34 women participated in support groups offered in suquamish and on bainbridge island. This program was allocated inkind rent of $124.
the ywca alive legal advocacy program provides countywide, no cost legal advocacy, safety planning and domestic violence response services. Clients served in 2014 were 1,120 women and men: 850 new clients, criminal advocacy for 300 unduplicated and civil advocacy for 194 unduplicated. In addition, 65 latino families were assisted with bilingual legal advocacy support. The alive legal advocacy staff also facilitated a 30-hour ywca all staff/board victims' services training and trainings offered to the community-at-large. This program was allocated inkind rent of $123.
the ywca alive dshs workfirst project partners with the department of health and social services as a responder to families experiencing difficulties due to domestic violence, as they transition from welfare-to-work. Clients served in 2014 were 77 women. The ywca alive family services program provides continued advocacy for families transitioning from the alive shelter and ongoing outreach and case management services for other families who may be at risk due to domestic violence, socio-economic difficulties, parenting issues and language barriers. Clients served in 2014 were 926 women, men and children. 78 families were assisted through the holiday adopt-a-family project. 74 individuals participated in a new, monthly support group for low-income women to share information and resources. This program was allocated inkind rent of $283. Developed from an alliance with the bill and melinda gates foundation and the washington state coalition against domestic violence, the ywca homeplus project was implemented in january 2010. Based on the "housing first" model, homeplus helps survivors of domestic violence and their children rebuild their lives by assisting families with finding and sustaining permanent housing through extensive case management and from resources in collaboration with other community partners. In 2014, 15 women and 15 children remained active in the homeplus project and have sustained permanent housing. This program was allocated inkind rent of $124. There were two women and three children residing in north kitsap transitional housing (eli's house) in 2014. Three women and seven children were residing in central kitsap transitional housing (tersha's house) in 2014.