Mission: The mission of the YWCA of Silicon Valley is to empower women, children, and their families, and to eliminate racism, hatred, and prejudice. By addressing the fundamental issues of racism, hatred and prejudice of all forms, we are working to build a thriving, vibrant community for all who call Silicon Valley their home through the identification of needs and creation of opportunities to improve and enrich lives.
Programs: Child Care Services: Seven centers provide quality subsidized and affordable child care to more than 600 children each year. We consider the needs and interests of the children first; our mission is "It's all about the kids." Our child care staff is trained in cultural sensitivity to meet the needs of our diverse community. Centers are located in low- to moderate-income areas and we have been serving Silicon Valley families for over sixty years. Counseling Services: We strive to promote the emotional, mental, and behavioral well-being of our community. We offer a variety of therapy and support services to individuals, couples, and families. Short- and long-term counseling, including women's support groups are offered. These services are provided on an income- based sliding-scale fee schedule, putting counseling within reach for people at the very low- to middle-income levels. Our School-Based Counseling Program places YWCA Counselors on-campus at 16 middle, high, and continuation schools within the San Jose Unified School District. Family Enrichment Center: The YWCA offers an array of Family Enrichment services and workshops in support of parents and their families throughout Santa Clara County. Our goal is to provide parents and families with the knowledge and skills to encourage a healthy, nurturing environment where family relationships can thrive, preventing abuse, neglect, and family violence. Workshops are offered throughout the year county-wide in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Supervised (Monitored) Visitation Services are also available, providing a safe, nurturing environment for non-custodial parents and their children to enjoy time together. Rape Crisis Center and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Programs: The YWCA works within Santa Clara County to minimize the traumatic aftermath of sexual assault. We provide a 24-hour crisis hotline, immediate crisis counseling and assistance, information and referrals, and accompaniment services to medical, police, and court facilities. Additionally, we annually reach over 15,000 students; grade K through 12, with age-appropriate sexual assault awareness and prevention programs. A YWCA MyStrength
I have been a volunteer and Board Member for the Support Network for Battered Women for 4 years. We recently merged with the YWCA of Silicon Valley. We chose them as the organization we wanted to be a part of of because of their wonderful mission and also because of the the incredibly dedicated and talented management team that has been in place for a number of years. It is a very well run organization and I am delighted and honored to be with them!
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My first remembrance of the YWCA was when I was 6-years old. My grandmother (for whom I am named) had lived, in the early years of the 20th century, at the YWCA in Chicago where as a young woman she had worked at Hull House. I have always been aware of the YWCA.
After working for twenty-years as an Executive Director and Director of Operations in nonprofits that directly worked with childhood education, I happened onto the YWCA after I "retired".
For the past year I have been privileged to have first-hand experience with the YWCA of Silicon Valley. As a "Nonprofit Odd Job Specialist", I have helped manage the website and social media for the YW and helped out with accounting. I am amazed at all this organization accomplishes. From child care with subsidies for those who need them to rape crisis intervention, from programs for at risk teens to a shelter for battered women, the YW works tirelessly for women and families in the community. The YW deserves to become a household word in our community. I am happy to be able to help make that a reality.