About the YWCA San Gabriel Valley
Founded in 1935, the YWCA San Gabriel Valley has been a long-standing multi-service community partner in the San Gabriel Valley region for over 84 years. We work at the individual and community levels to achieve our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, families and communities while promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The YWCA-SGV is an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit and an affiliate of the YWCA USA and a member of the World YWCA movement. The YWCA SGV is committed to providing women, girls, seniors and their families with the information they need to manage the critical issues in their lives. Although, women continue to be our primary target, today, many of our services and programs are gender neutral and are open to all regardless of race, sex or gender identity. We achieve this through our multi-lingual community education, residential and service programs in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.
The programs provided by the YWCA SGV include:
YWCA-SGV Domestic Violence Services — WINGS
began in 1979 and operates the second largest domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles County. WINGS’ goal is to help domestic violence survivors and their dependent children move out of crisis and toward safety and autonomy. Today, WINGS continues to provide residential and non-residential housing and serves over 6,000 people, including children. We also reach over 4,000 through community education on domestic violence, dating violence, healthy relationships, violence prevention, and bullying. Through educational presentations, we reach out to people to raise awareness of the entrenched, overlooked, and widespread social problem in our region.
YWCA-SGV Senior Services
began in 1986, providing community-based nutrition and social services for older and disabled adults. The YWCA-SGV is proud to be one of the largest providers of the Elderly Nutrition Program in Los Angeles County. We cover nearly all of eastern Los Angeles County, reaching over 24 communities and more than 10,000 people annually. Our goal is to provide high quality, cost-effective and custom-tailored services that enable and empower seniors of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to enrich their lives and remain in their own homes with independence and dignity. Our services help prevent isolation, neglect, abuse, malnutrition and forced institutionalization.
Mental Health, Case Management and Legal Services
Through the YWCA-SGV, Counseling, Behavioral Health, Case Management and Legal Services are available to residential clients and participants in our drop-in, senior and outreach programs. Individual as well as group sessions are offered to the community at large. The compliment of direct services helps to address lifelong trauma, and build resilience one person at a time.
Art and Play — Transforming Trauma
Through the YWCA-SGV intervention programs there are efforts to empower families and especially children impacted by violence and trauma through a transformative healing arts program. We view art as a catalyst to release trauma, build resilience and ignite social change. It is a core value and theory we use in our healing program for both children and adults.
Affordable Housing and Homelessness
YWCA San Gabriel Valley has been an advocate for affordable housing and addressing the needs of the homeless. The lack of affordable housing continues to impact SGV communities. The
YWCA-SGV has worked directly with the City of Covina and Glendora in providing supportive and needed services to those impacted and/or at risk of being homeless. Interest areas include:
- Homelessness as it relates to those fleeing from violence;
- The impact of homelessness as it relates to transitional age youth;
- The housing crisis and older adults living with limited income; and
- The need for greater housing and family resources.
The YWCA San Gabriel Valley is a big proponent of prevention, and is an advocate for additional resources for families impacted by the housing crises and at risk of being homeless.
YWCA Generational Imperative
At the core of YWCA’s mission is our commitment to imagine, ﬁght for, and co-create a more socially just world for the next generation and to prepare them for that future. YWCA San Gabriel Valley has offered youth and young adult educational, training and outreach programs to the larger community for over 25 years. Key program components are listed below:
Healthy Relationships seek to address the serious and sometimes fatal epidemic of teen bullying, suicide and dating violence. The goals are to prevent relationship violence and assist those who are in trouble. Educational presentations, conducted at local schools and organizations, reach nearly 2,000 young people annually.
Youth-Peer Leadership Development Program is committed to developing the next generation of leaders in our community by giving youth the opportunity to learn about their community, engage in social change, become empowered and conﬁdent young people with leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives. It is an opportunity to identify a path forward to effectively support the intergenerational mission of YWCA-SGV; and to lift-up the voices of the next generation to stand against racism and to foster peace, justice, and dignity for all.
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