YWCA Monterey County celebrates 50 years of rich history in the community this month. While our acronym suggests we are a faith-based organization, Young Women’s Christian Association of Monterey County, is a nonsectarian Christian organization. With roots in the late 19th Century, according to Brittanica the first Young Women’s Christian Association was established in 1855 in England. Two groups, Prayer Union which prayed for women and the other group who focused on finding Christian homes for young women merged in 1877 and became the Young Women’s Christian Association.
When the YWCA-MC began with the Monterey Peninsula chapter, we shared an office with the Child Abuse Prevention Council. Although it has been 50 years and many offices later, work continues to protect children and families to this day. This year, we moved into our current offices at 11 Quail Circle in Salinas.
There is no doubt that our agency has become a pillar in Monterey County. We provide services to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking while focusing on prevention. Within the last 50 years, we have expanded our services to our clients from shelter services to understand how to work with clients while providing legal advocacy and therapy holistically. Our goal is to offer a helping hand to our clients while giving them the tools they need to become independent.
Celebrate our 50 year anniversary with us! We are proud to be a community organization that works to eliminate racism and empower women and hope you share our vision.
Please consider donating to YWCA-MC so we can continue to deliver life-changing services.