What exactly does the YWCA Central Virginia do?
We provide a variety of services. Our two largest programs are our Domestic Violence Prevention Center, including a 24 hour shelter, and our residential and transitional housing program. We also have a mentoring program, Racial Justice Program, Supervised Visitation Center and Church Street Bridal shop.
Who can live at the YWCA?
Any woman can live at the YW. We require only that women be single, drug-free, and over 18. Each woman must have a job or income. The YW does offer job placement assistance and a transitional housing program for currently homeless women. Please call us at (434) 847-7751 for more information.
How can I be more involved in the YWCA?
There are many ways to support your local YW. One is with your time, through volunteering for special events or becoming a mentor or even a board member. Another is through monetary contributions, all of which go directly to serve the women and children of the YW. For more information or to donate online, please click here.
How is the YWCA different from the YMCA?
The primary focus of the YMCA is physical health and youth development. They offer services such as a gym, aerobic classes, and an after school program. The YWCA, however, is devoted to the social health and development of women and children and the elimination of racism. We deal with issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, and adolescent development. Support of the YWCA is not a fee for service, like the YMCA, but a show of support for the mission and work of the YWCA...
Are the dresses in Church Street Bridal and Church Street Bridal, Too NEW dresses?
Yes! Formal and Bridal gowns in our bridal shops are donated NEW from bridal shops and designers around the country. Some may be samples or irregulars. Because of the large volume of dresses we have received, we do not accept donations of used dresses. For more information about our shops, click here.
If you have any further questions, please contact us.