Mission: The ywca is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our two core programs are structured to meet our mission goals.
Programs: Wise options is a safe haven and source of support for the people of lycoming county by giving help and hope to men, women and children surviving domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Free and confidential services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In fy 2017 wise options provided direct crisis support to 788 adults, 89 children and 89 significant others. There were 5,278 days of shelter provided 2,406 days to 95 adults and 2,872 days to 90 children. Wise options is devoted to empowering individuals, redefining the rights of the oppressed and educating communities about peace, justice, freedom, dignity and equality for all. A 24 hour, seven days a week comprehensive victim center, wise options provided 1,629 individuals with a crisis hotline for intervention and support, emergency shelter, hospital accompaniment, advocacy with the courts and outside agencies and screening for protection from abuse orders. Wise options also provides awareness education to schools, communities and professionals. Wise options also has a 24/7 crisis hotline for intervention and support, provides a 30 day emergency shelter, and hospital accompaniment, crime victim compensation, and emergency safety planning.
liberty house provides transitional living services for homeless women and children in lycoming county. These individuals must want to make a difference in their lives; our program is not for those who do not want to change. It is a comprehensive program that provides services such as case management, life skills, counseling, parenting education, employment and budgeting services. Liberty house allows the participants up to 24 months to transition into stable housing and to achieve self-sufficiency. According to the national hud standards, 65% of those leaving transitional living programs move to permanent housing. During fy 2017, 86% of liberty house program participants moved to permanent housing. In fy 2017, liberty house served 88 women and 44 children.
youth programs - provides recreational programs and education aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, school dropout, violence, and other anti-social behaviors.