YWCA Dayton

Name of Non-Profit Organization * YWCA Dayton
Today’s Date: * Monday, November 23, 2020
Organization’s website http://ywcadayton.org
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number * 31-0537168
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? * 1942
Address * 141 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402
United States
County * Montgomery County
Your Name * Nadia Oehler
Your Title * Grant and Program Compliance Manager
Your email address * noehler@ywcadayton.org
Your Phone Number (419) 631-0823
Executive Director’s Name * Shannon TL Isom
Executive Director’s email address * sisom@ywcadayton.org
What is the mission of your organization?
YWCA Dayton’s (YW) mission is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YW carries out its bold mission through direct service programming and public policy advocacy. While the agency has served women in the Miami Valley for 150 years, it continuously evaluates services to ensure the agency remains dynamic to the community’s needs. The YW serves survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) through the agency’s 24-hour crisis support and domestic violence hotline, two (2) domestic violence shelters, a tiered offering of four (4) housing assistance programs, two (2) youth development programs, and Rape Crisis Center.

As the only domestic violence shelter serving Montgomery County, the YW offers comprehensive services designed to protect, educate, and empower women and children effected by domestic violence. The shelter provides a combination of immediate stabilization (i.e. shelter bed, food, and clothing) and intensive supportive services (i.e. crisis intervention, lethality assessment, safety and goal planning, case management, referrals, advocacy education, life skills, support groups, and children’s activities) to help survivors move from crisis to stability. All services are designed to help move clients from crisis to stabilization by addressing holistically the barriers to a safe, independent life, such as the cycle of violence, mental illness, and substance use, lack of education and employment, and adequate, affordable housing. In 2019, YWCA Dayton’s (YW) Montgomery County shelter provided safety and immediate shelter to 99 adults and 91 children for a total of 11,411 bed nights. The YW’s 24/7 Crisis and Domestic Violence Hotline serves as the primary entry point to shelter and received 6,634 calls for resource, referral, shelter, and crisis intervention in 2019. Through the Hotline, survivors of sexual assault can also access critical support groups, advocacy, supportive listening, resource referral, and crisis intervention. YWCA Dayton’s Rape Crisis Center also provides community education in sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and teen dating violence awareness.

YWCA Dayton’s tiered offering of housing programs include, Rapid-Rehousing (~6 months), Homeless Crisis Response (~6 months), Transitional Housing (2 years), and Permanent Supportive Housing (Permanent). Each of these programs serves a critical role in assessing the needs of survivors and providing affordable, safe housing, while building skills, employment, and sufficiency to sustain independence. In 2019, YWCA Dayton provided affordable housing to women and children in over 170 households.

To best prevent GBV and empower women, YW intervenes at all ages and stages, understanding that a multi-faceted approach must be deployed. Girls LEAD! provides experiences that broaden girls’ horizons, instill a love of learning, and counter stereotypes using a research-based curricula that builds girls’ skills and prepares them for healthy, successful futures. Focusing on social-emotional learning, healthy relationships and communication, and bullying prevention, Girls LEAD! serves over 120 girls aged 11-14 through summer camp and in-school programing in partner schools in Montgomery County.

New in 2020, the YW will train and educate school personnel, students, parents, and mentors using the AMEND Together signature curriculum. AMEND Together invites men and boys, who have previously been left out of the conversation, to learn about gender violence and become part of the solution. AMEND engages them to think differently about their role in our culture and to become a catalyst of change. AMEND Together is a coordinated community response to engage men and boys as allies within Dayton’s school systems. By participating in AMEND Together, participants will improve their knowledge of healthy communication, improve their knowledge of healthy relationships, and increase their ability to recognize gender stereotypes.

The YW has as robust legislative and community advocacy program that empowers women and eliminates racism. Each year, YWCA Dayton facilitates an email-based 21-Day Challenge that engages the community in social justice and racial equity learning. In 2020, this challenge engaged more than 6,000 individuals.

YWCA Dayton provides a critical continuum of care in empowering women through prevention, response, and stabilizing survivors of violence and vital advocacy and community development in eliminating racism in Montgomery County.

Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (3) Children
  • (7) Equality & Social Justice
  • (11) Poverty
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
As the only domestic violence (DV) shelter serving Montgomery and Preble counties, it has been and remains critical that YWCA Dayton (YW) keep our programs fully operational while implementing policy and procedure that ensures safety for those seeking refuge with our services. These policies start right at the agency’s front door with temperature and symptom screenings, a sneeze guard, and limited building access to only clients, residents, staff, essential contractors, and health care providers. YWCA Dayton is practicing strict policies surrounding social distancing and mask wearing in all communal spaces. To limit building population, non-essential staff have followed a work-from-home policy since mid-March that is responsive to building and community pandemic conditions and agency need. A major success was the transition of the 24/7 DV and crisis hotline to home-based work; staff are now utilizing a phone application that ensures confidentiality of callers. All meetings, including staff and client, are hosted online as possible, but with masks and socially distant when not. The YW has worked diligently to move internship and volunteer opportunities online, as well. The YW’s youth empowerment program, Girls LEAD! and AMEND Together, have transitioned programming and camps online during the 2020-2021 academic year. In the beginning of the pandemic, YWCA Dayton successfully transitioned services of the YW’s sexual assault program virtual, now hosting online support groups six (6) days a week for area survivors.

To limit interaction in the on-site shelter, clients are offered to-go meals from the kitchen to eat within their rooms, and group transportation has been limited. The YW food operations staff have secured partnerships that allow increased food pantry service to mitigate a limited access to grocery stores. Additionally, the YW housekeeping staff have increased the depth and frequency of sanitation and cleaning practices.
While physical health and safety are vital, the YW is committed to caring for client mental health and wellbeing through the dual trauma of shelter-living during a global pandemic. The YW has utilized volunteers to increase online program offerings for youth, and provided activities for adults. Case Managers are more so now than ever responding to client crisis.
YWCA Dayton has recently partnered with Montgomery County Public Health to increase the accessibility of COVID testing for clients.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? * Yes, Grades 6 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web. YWCA Dayton has a wide assortment of volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. The agency lists existing volunteer opportunities through YWCA Dayton’s website: https://www.ywcadayton.org/how-to-help/volunteer-2/. Ongoing opportunities exist in food pantry, awareness support (ribbon tying during DV Awareness Month), donation sorting, etc.

YWCA Dayton offers flexibility in group volunteer opportunities. Volunteer experiences can be catered to the specific interests of the group.

Volunteer coordinator Kelsi Martinez
Volunteer coordinator’s email address kmartinez@ywcadayton.org
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (937) 461-5550