Community Cocktails: YWCA Helena

March 6, 2019

Our mission is to prevent homelessness, provide safe and supportive housing for women and children experiencing homelessness, and provide services that restore hope, self-sufficiency, and happy and healthy lives.

YWCA is committed to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

We work with women who are exiting jail, prison, or drug treatment or have involvement with Child Protective Services. We focus on helping women in the tri-county area, but will work with anyone who needs help, no matter where they are from.

Our residential sober living facility provides wrap-around services to the previously mentioned women and their children, if they have children. There is a huge need for facilities like ours due to the increased flow of methamphetamine and heroin coming through Montana. We have seen devastating effects on the women, their children, and their families. Our staff is tasked with trying to help these women rebuild their lives. We do that by providing case management, group therapy, chemical addiction treatment, classes on parenting and developing healthy intimate relationships. We help them get a job or enrolled in school. Women graduate from the WINGS (Women Initiating New Growth and Stability) program once they have completed all of the programming requirements, are working, are sober, and able to find safe and affordable housing. The average length of stay for women in the WINGS program is roughly a year.

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790 Front Street, Helena Montana